Russia and Poland were distilling vodka as early as 1,200 years ago, and it has since become one of the world's most popular spirits, thanks in large part to its versatility in mixing. But vodka doesn't just belong in cocktails. While some distilleries compete to create the smoothest, clearest and sometimes most flavorless variation, others are embracing vodka by making it with local, high-quality ingredients (including potatoes, wheat, corn and even grapes) with minimal distillation to allow the natural flavors to shine.

We asked a panel of travel experts and American spirits experts to nominate their top vodka picks, then readers voted for their favorites. These are the 10 best craft vodka distilleries in the U.S.