Of all spirits, there are some unique and interesting things going on with vodka these days. Developments that don’t involve novelty flavors, sparklers or celebrity spokespeople. Let’s take a look at a three new bottles making the oft-maligned spirit a little more stimulating. Maybe you’ll even find success gifting one to a certain someone you call "Mom."
Hangar 1 Fog Point Vodka: The brand, which distills its spirits from Napa wine grapes, claims to have deployed cloud catchers in the Bay Area to turn the region’s infamous fog into the water needed to make this vodka. Part of the company’s Made of California series, it also shows the region’s infamous commitment to environmental principles and bears notes of citrus, pear and honeysuckle. $134
Ketel One: The latest releases from Ketel One practically defy classification. Ketel One Botanical is a lower alcohol spirit, coming in at 60-proof, distilled with real botanicals and infused with essential fruits and herb oils in a comparable manner to gin. With dreams of catching on with the healthier vodka-and-soda crowd, the Botanicals line features sweetener-free, artificial-flavor-free, lower-calorie spirits (73 calories per serving) in three expressions: Cucumber-and-mint, peach-and-orange blossom and grapefruit-and-rose. $24.99
Guillotine: Here you have an all-natural, super-premium French vodka founded by the president of Bastille Day. Newly released in Los Angeles, with a national rollout coming towards the end of the year, Guillotine is made from the distillation of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes from Aÿ-Champagne vineyards. In addition to its traditional Originale expression, there’s Guillotine Heritage, a rare aged vodka that rests in prized Limousin oak Cognac barrels, resulting in enchanting notes of cinnamon, peach and Mandarin orange. $39.99 and $69.99