India is one of the largest consumer markets for vodka. The clear distilled alcoholic beverage is favored by many because of its neutral taste which makes a fine drink without any mixing and matches well with chasers and other tastes. It can be easily placed on the rocks as it can be made into a buzzy, refreshing cocktail. Vodka is traditionally made with fermented grains and potatoes. But these days it is also being used with fruits and nuts. While the origins of the drink can be traced back to Poland, Russia and Sweden, many other countries, including India, are grabbing opportunities for production.
With the ‘Make in India’ initiative gaining momentum, we thought of curating a list of some domestic vodka brands that you all can try out.
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5 Indian vodka brands worth trying:
Have you ever wondered what India would taste like when kept in a bottle? Enter Mystery, (pronounced ra-hus-ya), a premium craft vodka inspired by the mysticism and folklore of India. Meaning ‘secret’ or ‘secret’ in Sanskrit, Rahasya was conceived with the intention of creating a carefully researched product from India for the world. Rahasya Goa based Craft Vodka launched by Varna Bhat of Blisswater Industries Pvt Ltd captures the essence of India in true sense. Refreshing flavor with crunchy notes, this vodka is best enjoyed plain and simple over ice, making it an extremely pleasant and delicious white spirit.
2. Smoke Vodka
Another notable vodka that is produced and bottled in India is Smoke Lab Vodka. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is made from Indian Basmati rice! It is charcoal-filtered and goes through a 5-step distillation process to offer the classic and fennel-flavored smoked vodka aniseed. It was the brainchild of Varun Jain, director of NV Group, who wanted his vodka to appeal to the urban younger generation. With a chic, trendy looking bottle, it certainly does.
3. White Mischief
This vodka became popular due to its association with the cheerleaders of the IPL. Under the aegis of United Breweries Group, White Mischief has reportedly garnered a massive 46% market share, making it the best-selling vodka in India. Its variety including Strawberry+Ginseng, Mango+Mint and Green Apple+Cinnamon is what really clicks with young consumers.
4. Magic Moments
This vodka from Radico Khaitan has been in the market for some time now and still remains a favorite of many. It is produced from high quality grains and is distilled three times to produce a smooth finish. The drink has an alcohol content of 40% but is very pleasing to the palate.
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This vodka is pegged as an affordable drink for the masses. It is manufactured by United Spirits, a subsidiary of United Breweries Group. The name ‘Romanov’ comes from the Russian Romanov dynasty which ruled for centuries till 1900. Vodka has a sharp note with an inherent hint of sharpness. So, for those who like their drinks with a strong taste, this vodka is a good choice.
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