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jspear Sep 19, 2008 08:56 AM

OK, I'm in for a second invitation for drinks/dinner and have yet to be able to reciprocate. My Irish guilt is making me bring something special to eleviate the pain of owing someone something. Our hostess has expressed a fancy for vodka but I don't have a clue what to bring that would be outstanding. Any suggestions?

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    Chefpaulo Sep 19, 2008 09:55 AM

    Belvedere, Chopin and Grey Goose are all premium vodkas although, personally, I find little correlation between price and "quality." I've found the smoothest and most drinkable vodka to be the Polish potato vodka, Luksusowa at about $15 a bottle. Inexpensive and far milder than brands at three times the price.

    1. ShadowedOne Sep 19, 2008 10:42 AM

      I'd suggest getting something from a small batch distillery. Likely your host will not have heard about it before and it will be more special that way. Some suggestions are Tito's Handmade and Hangar One. There a lots more out there, but those are the only two I can vouch for, don't drink much vodka.

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      1. re: ShadowedOne
        JohnE O Sep 20, 2008 08:54 AM

        Tito's is great. I used to be a Grey Goose drinker but switched because Tito's tastes better. It's also about $20 cheaper per 1.75 litre. Tanqueray also makes a very good vodka which is about midway in price between Tito's and GG.

      2. jspear Sep 22, 2008 07:15 AM

        thanks for the help, leaning towards Tito's, I am familiar with Hangar One and Grey Goose, I was looking for something that would be special and sounds like Tito's it is....

        1. folprivate Sep 23, 2008 11:19 AM

          my favorite is Ciroc which is made from grapes - it is very smooth compared to other vodka's

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          1. re: folprivate
            jspear Sep 26, 2008 11:47 AM

            I am familiar with Ciroc from my bartending days, I am also looking for a soy vodka that we used to pour as well.....

            1. re: jspear
              ShadowedOne Sep 26, 2008 01:02 PM

              The only soy vodka I know of is 3.


          2. Rubee Sep 26, 2008 01:12 PM

            One of my favorites is Ultimat. Beautiful bottle for gift-giving also. Their black cherry is also one of my favorites for infused vodkas (I like Hangar One's infusions also).


            Some others we really like and usually have in the home bar are Zyr, Stoli Gold, and a couple of the Estonian vodkas - Turi and Tall Blonde.

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            1. re: Rubee
              gryphonskeeper Sep 27, 2008 02:44 PM

              Yes, Ultimat is a very good vodka, But a $50 hostess gift is a tad over the top.

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                Rubee Sep 29, 2008 10:58 PM

                Umm....brands of vodka, like any other spirit, do not cost the same in every liquor store. You may have only seen it for $50 where you live (your bio says NH), but I used to buy it at the NH liquor store for much less. In fact, I just checked on-line and it's $37.99.

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              gryphonskeeper Sep 27, 2008 02:43 PM

              Being Irish, I know you will love this recommendation... Irish Vodka! It is called Boru, and it is actually a very good tasting vodka.

              1. Richelle Sep 29, 2008 08:35 PM

                Having tasted Ciroc and fallen in love, the bottle beautiful also, it is a given I would swoon were it given to me again!

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                  invinotheresverde Sep 30, 2008 08:56 PM

                  I don't drink much vodka anymore- I find the neutrality boring. Ciroc, though, has an interesting underlying flavor (from the grapes, I'd assume), but remains super smooth. If I order vodka, it's Ciroc.

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