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Top Liquors in America by Taste

Sometimes, our usual chosen drink isn’t what you fancy.

There’s a whole world of liquors and flavors out there, so you don’t want to stick to your usual lager or wine when you’re at a bar. It’s time to expand your palate!

popular liquor bottles on a bar shelf

Whether you’re at a bar or planning to make some cocktails at home, we’ve got you covered with our recommendations for alcohol you can love to taste.

Out of hundreds of different liquor flavors, we have narrowed it down to America’s top 15 best tasting liquor brands. 

Best Tasting Liquors in the US

  1. Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  2. Grey Goose Vodka
  3. Don Julio Blanco
  4. Smirnoff Peach
  5. Hennessy V.C Cognac
  6. Absolut Citron
  7. Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 Tennessee Whisky
  8. Bacardi Limón
  9. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  10. Ciroc Red Berry Vodka
  11. Jim Beam Bourbon Whisky
  12. Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  13. El Tesoro De Don Felipe Paradiso
  14. Stolichnaya Razberi
  15. Ciroc Mango

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

Fireball is known for its intense cinnamon flavor. When chosen to sip, Fireball is a sweet and strong, yet comforting whisky.

When chosen to take as a shot, Fireball is like literal fire in your mouth. It is most popular in shot form and is a common staple at college parties.

This is basically the adult version of participating in the cinnamon challenge. 


Grey Goose Vodka

It’s no secret that Americans love vodka. Grey Goose Vodka is one of the most popular vodkas in the country due to its smooth and non-chemical taste that is so often found in cheap vodkas.

It pairs beautifully with soda, in a cocktail, or by itself for a classy drink (though class goes out of the window after one too many drinks). 


Don Julio Blanco 

Don Julio Blanco is the most tequila-est of tequilas.

Made from premium blue agave, this silver tequila offers a smooth drink with hints of citrus – perfect for mixing with other drinks to make cocktails or for drinking neat. 


Smirnoff Peach

People often forget about the beauty of flavored vodkas. Smirnoff is a popular vodka brand in the US for its range of flavors – and the peach flavor is what stands out for us.

Paired with a sprite or tonic and this is the perfect summer drink (and technically ticks off one of your five a day). 


Hennessy V.S Cognac

The clue is in the name with this cognac – with the “V.S” standing for “Very Special”.

With a lovely oaky and nutty aroma with a slight vanilla taste, this is the type of drink you would sip to make you feel more like a grown-up than you actually are.

It is also found in a variety of cocktails to suit those with a sweet tooth!


Absolut Citron

Warm weather screams citrus flavors. Absolut Citron offers a predominantly lemon flavor with hints of lime, orange, and other citrus fruits.

Paired with Sprite or in a cocktail, this is the perfect refreshing drink for summer.

Absolut is also known for its expansive range of flavored vodkas, so if you’re on a budget, Absolut is your best bet for tasty and affordable vodka. 


Jack Daniel’s Old No.7 Tennessee Whisky

When you think of whisky, you think of Jack Daniel’s. The classic Old No.7 is perfect on the rocks with some live music at a bar, or mixed with Cola for a sweet kick.

Mellowed in charcoal, this whisky offers the perfect balance between a strong oaky flavor and sweetness.

No wonder Jack Daniel’s is one of the most popular liquors in America!


Bacardi Limón

Nothing goes better with any form of rum than citrus fruits.

Bacardi Limón kills two birds with one stone, as the main flavor is lemon with hints of other citrus fruits including lime and grapefruit.

Matched with a lemonade, it will immediately teleport you to a Caribbean island – even if you are in a bar in your dead-end town. 


Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

Captain Morgan Spiced Rum is the most popular spiced rum in America – and for good reason.

Medium-bodied and ever so easy to drink, this is the perfect sweet rum for anyone who enjoys spiced flavorings with subtle hints of caramel and vanilla.

Great all year round – from a refreshing drink during summer to a festive, warming beverage in winter. It’s also a wonderful ingredient to spice cocktails up. 


Ciroc Red Berry Vodka

One of Ciroc’s first flavored vodkas, their Red Berry vodka stands out for its bursts of – you guessed it – red berries.

Infused with berries including strawberries and raspberries, this is a popular liquor that can be mixed with lemonade or juice for a perfect summertime drink. 


Jim Beam Bourbon Whisky

Jim Beam Bourbon is the type of drink Americans drink when they want to feel fancy.

Smooth and with the perfect balance of oak and sweet flavors, this is the ideal evening tipple that is adored by hundreds of thousands of Americans. 


Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Evidently, vodka is America’s favorite drink.

Tito’s is one of the best vodkas available on the market for its high-quality flavor and finish that doesn’t leave that awful chemical taste.

This vodka is used in cocktails, with mixers, straight out of the freezer, and as a smooth shot. 


El Tesoro De Don Felipe Paradiso

Tequila is much-loved liquor in America. El Tesoro offers a gorgeous extra Añejo tequila with flavorings of agave, tropical fruits, and hints of the oak barrel that it is aged in.

It’s a versatile drink that can be drunk neat or in a cocktail – or taken as a fancy shot if you’re feeling extra classy. 


Stolichnaya Razberi 

Stolichnaya Razberi is a popular Russian vodka made with real raspberries to offer a sweet and fruity flavor.

It is also said that this drink, for some bizarre reason, goes beautifully with pizza.

America is known for its love for vodka and pizza, so it only makes sense to consume both together. 


Ciroc Mango

As you can tell, Americans are suckers for sweet-flavored vodkas.

Ciroc’s Mango vodka is the loveliest way to consume one five a day (don’t tell your parents) and goes beautifully with a mixer like lemonade or a fruit juice.

It also goes well in a range of fruity cocktails, or for a refreshing kick of booze on the rocks.

A sure-fire way to get the after-effects of alcohol very quickly, because it is that easy to drink! 

Final Thoughts

Liquor doesn’t haven’t to be a difficult trial and error game of learning to create an acquired taste. Some alcohol beverages are sweet, flavorful and easy to drink.

While our list of the top tasting spirits might be a good start, it is by mo means the only products. There are many different types of liquor to suit all kinds of taste preferences.

Happy sipping and feel free to use the comments below to mention any brands you might suggest as well.

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Written by Ryan F.

Ryan is a Philadelphia local who enjoys checking out Philly's restaurant scene every chance he can. He grew up in South Jersey and now lives in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood.