Skyy Vodka is a budget vodka manufactured by Campari group and packaged in a distinctive cobalt blue bottle. Skyy is distilled using wheat and marketed based on the claim that it has almost no congeners, or hangover causing substances, in its product. While it isn’t going to blow you away in terms of quality, it’s affordable price and widespread availability make it a popular choice.
Beyond the bottle and what’s in it, Skyy is known as a progressive company. Based in San Francisco, Skyy has a history of publicly supporting the LGBTQ community, being the first spirit brand to feature a lesbian couple in their advertising. In 2015, Skyy ran a “Toast to Marriage” marketing campaign to promote marriage equality. They have also promoted legislation to protect transgender people as well as helping to fund programs that support LGBTQ focused journalism.
Initially, Skyy vodka production was outsourced to Frank-lin distillers in San Jose California. Frank-Lin would have a railcar tanker of ethanol and a railcar tanker of deionized filtered water delivered to their railyard. They would then mix the two right out of the railcars and bottle the mixture on site. While the process has been updated since then, the ingredients remain much the same. Today, Skyy is manufactured in facilities owned by the Campari group. The vodka is distilled four times in column stills and then triple filtered. Skyy Vodka is bottled at 40% ABV in the USA.
In addition to the classic Skyy Vodka, Skyy brand also produces a number of flavored vodkas under the name Skyy Infusions, as well as a line of lower proof vodkas designed to be used as craft cocktail substitutes called Skyy Barcraft.
- Skyy Infusions
Skyy Infusions are Skyy’s line of flavored vodka products. Bottled at 35% ABV, Skyy infusions are a little less potent than the original Skyy vodka. The Skyy Infusions line includes Cherry, Georgia Peach, Citrus, Blood Orange, Pineapple, Raspberry, Sun-Ripened Watermelon, and Wild Strawberry. Some other flavors which have been discontinued or produced in limited batches include Honeycrisp Apple, Coastal Cranberry, Ginger, Coconut, Pacific Blueberry, Moscato Grape, Passionfruit, Texas Grapefruit, Tropical Mango, Berry, Grape, Vanilla, Orange, and Vanilla Bean.
- Skyy Barcraft
Bottled at 30% ABV, Skyy Barcraft is marketed as an easy, hassle-free alternative to making a real cocktail. Simply mix some of your chosen Skyy Barcraft flavors with soda water and ice. SkyyBarcraft flavors include White Sangria, Watermelon Fresca, and Margarita Lime.
Skyy Vodka Pricing
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Similarly affordable, and available in a wide range of flavors, Pinnacle makes a decent substitute for Skyy. If you’re looking for a flavored bottle no longer produced by Skyy it’s likely that a similar flavor is still being made by Pinnacle. Plus, their whipped cream vodka is a big hit with those who enjoy drinking their desserts.
For many vodka soda drinkers, Stoli is the old standby. Available in a number of basic flavors, as well as a few more adventurous ones, Stoli is a good alternative to Skyy, especially if you don’t mind paying a dollar or two more. Check out their Stoli Hot pepper vodka for a serious upgrade to your bloody mary.
- Deep Eddy
Deep Eddy Manufactures a clean, crisp vodka that is available in a number of less traditional flavors. This is a great brand to check out if you’re growing bored with your citrus vodka and soda water and want to try something more exciting.
Mile Skyy Club
- 1 oz Skyy Vodka
- 1 oz Skyy Infusions Pineapple
- ¾ oz Lemon Juice
- ½ oz Simple Syrup
- 3 fresh raspberries
- 1 Egg White
Muddle raspberries and the simple syrup in the bottom of your shaker. Add vodka and lemon juice and shake hard with ice until your shaker begins to frost. Strain out the ice and add your egg white to the shaker with your chilled cocktail. Shake hard for thirty seconds with no ice and double strain into a coupe. Garnish with a few fresh raspberries or a mint leaf.
The goal here is to get a thick egg white foam on your finished cocktail, which is why I suggest a reverse dry shake. This drink will also work wonderfully with other fresh fruits and Skyy Infusions flavors. Experiment to see what you most prefer!
- 1 oz Skyy Vodka
- ½ oz Skyy Infusions Blood Orange
- ½ oz aperol
- 1 oz grapefruit juice
- ½ oz lime juice
- ½ oz simple syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice together, strain up into a coupe. Garnish with a high five.
This one is a Skyy-ified version of the original High Five cocktail created by bartender Alex Day of Death and Co fame.