Clear, clean, and consummately mixable, vodka is the go-to drink of the rough commoner and the nightclub VIP alike. Somewhere between the two — between the rotgut at the bottom and the foofy fad vodka at the top where the label is half the reason for the cost — lies a mixologist’s gold mine. For less than $30 for a 750 milliliter bottle, you can get truly great vodka whether you mix or go straight. Some are household names, others are obscure up-and-comers. All, however, punch above their proof and their price tags.
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