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6 Best Non-Russian Vodkas For Those Who Want To Support Ukraine

Pouring out Putin.

Russia has become a global pariah thanks to its invasion of Ukraine. Not only have many countries levied tough sanctions against Russia and some of its most powerful individuals, including President Vladimir Putin, but now even businesses and average citizens are boycotting Russia and supporting Ukraine, too.

Something a lot of businesses across the world have been doing is boycotting Russian vodka brands. Vodka is, of course, one of Russia’s most famous exports and a highly symbolic product, so it makes sense. When Russia first invaded Ukraine in 2022, bartenders around the world took to pouring vodka down the drain in protest, and liquor stores in Europe, North America and Australia pulled Russian products from their shelves. Read more on that here.

But before you go reaching for your favourite bottle of rotgut and start tipping it down the toilet, just wait a minute. Many vodka brands that you might assume are Russian are actually not Russian at all.

For example, Smirnoff, one of the world’s most popular vodka brands, is owned by Diageo – a British company – and if you buy a bottle of Smirnoff in Australia, chances are it was made either locally or in the United States.

So don’t waste good vodka. We here at DMARGE have put together a list of quality non-Russian vodka brands that you should consider purchasing if you too want to pour Putin down the drain and stand in solidarity with Ukraine.

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Best Non-Russian Vodka FAQ

How to enjoy vodka?

Most vodka aficionados agree that the best way to drink vodka is plain and pure. Just put your vodka bottle in the freezer for a few hours and serve in a small glass. Do not shoot it. Just sip.

How many vodka shots does it take to get drunk?

Many men have claimed that you will begin feeling the effect of vodka after your third shot. One shot of 40% ABV vodka (80 proof) is equivalent to 30ml, so better pace yourself when drinking.

What are the best vodka mixers?

You can mix vodka with soda water, cranberry juice or lemon juice to make a refreshing cocktail. Other juices like pineapple and tomato also work.

Why aren't there any Ukrainian vodkas on this list?

It's virtually impossible to find Ukrainian vodka in Australia. The most popular Ukrainian vodka brand globally is Nemiroff.