Tito’s Vodka is a go-to favorite when you’re craving quality without the cost. It’s a popular bartender's choice for vodka, and its dedicated following has made owner Bert “Tito” Beveridge one of the richest people in America. There are a lot of things that factor into this—price point, branding, a strong connection with adorable dogs—but one of the major reasons Tito’s has found success is because of its ingredients. More specifically, one ingredient: corn.
Tito’s is made with 100 percent corn and distilled six times. It has a mildly sweet flavor with little burn, so it’s an ideal vodka for sipping on the rocks or mixing into vodka-forward cocktails. It’s impossible to replicate Tito’s (it’s chosen above other brands for a reason), but there are other great vodkas out there that use a 100 percent corn base. If you like Tito’s, give these other corn vodkas a chance.
You’ll have a hard time getting your hands on a bottle of Social House unless you’re in North Carolina, but the distillery is making hyperlocal vodka from corn harvested in a field 10 miles away from the distillery. The distillery also uses a pot still—just like Tito’s—to create small batches that are cut with North Carolina well water. Social House Vodka is about the purest farm-to-bottle formula that you can get.
Vodka can be made from nearly anything with sugar, but UV chose corn because “research and experimentation has confirmed that there’s nothing better than yellow corn grown right here in the American Midwest.” Sure, it doesn’t have the same cachet as some smaller brands, and you likely know UV for its many flavors (including an on-trend Sriracha Vodka) more than anything—but it all starts with a vodka made from 100 percent corn.
While North Carolina has Social House, South Carolina has Beauregard Dixie, the vodka of the South. It’s made from non-GMO corn, distilled six times and bottled in Charleston, with availability around the Southeast.
Tito’s isn’t the only vodka distillery in Texas with a focus on corn. Deep Eddy is perhaps best known for its Ruby Red grapefruit flavored vodka, which is built on the base of its 100 percent corn straight vodka. The straight vodka is distilled 10 times in a column still and charcoal filtered.
Prairie is one of the rare vodkas that’s certified organic, but you don’t have to be someone who always shops in Whole Foods to fall in love with the product. It has a flavor balance of spicy and sweet with light fruity notes. Each batch is custom mixed for flavor instead of the distillers relying on a set number of distillations or filtrations across the board.
Yep, Smirnoff is made from corn. The all-American brand has some historical ties to Russia, but it’s been made in the United States since 1934. And the brand makes its vodka from an ingredient that’s as American as apple pie.