history of skyy vodka

We’ve explored the best brands of vodka and vodka-based cocktails.  I thought it would be fun to find out the history of Skyy vodka as it is a relative newcomer in terms of good vodkas and one of the few that is made in the US.

Skyy came to be in 1992 and was created by inventor Maurice Kanbar.


History of Skyy Vodka

Skyy vodka was originally produced and bottled in San Jose, CA.  The ethanol used to produce Skyy was delivered by rail from Atchison, KS. In December 2001, the Campari Group bought Skyy from Kanbar.

Skyy vodka was invented by Kanbar allegedly because he wanted a better martini and he decided that a premium martini needed a better vokda.   So, in 1992, Skyy became America’s first quadruple distilled and triple filtered premium vodka.

In fact Kanbar has become known for his quest to create premium vodka and, since Skyy he has also created Blue Angel Vodka, which is purer than Skyy.  Kanbar’s latest vodka even has a martini all to itself – the Blue Angel Martini (BAM), which is simply Blue Angel vodka and vermouth.

History of Skyy Vodka Infusions

Skyy vodka has a variety of infusions available and the list is ever growing.  As of 2017, these infusions were available:

  • Bartlett Pear
  • Blood Orange
  • Cherry
  • Citrus
  • Coastal Cranberry
  • Coconut
  • Georgia Peach
  • Honeycrisp Apple
  • Moscato Grape
  • Pacific Blueberry
  • Passion Fruit
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberry
  • Texas Grapefruit
  • Tropical Mango
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Wild Strawberry

According to Skyy they have a developed an infusion process that captures the true flavor of the fruit, the “true-to-fruit experience”.

More About The History of Skyy Vodka’s Inventor

On delving into the research for the history of Skyy vodka, it became very evident what a fabulous inventor Maurice Kanbar is! Here’s some interesting facts about him:

  • He holds more than 50 patents
  • He won’t tell anyone his real age!
  • He invented the D-Fuzz It comb for sweaters
  • He is a Jewish philanthropist who has donated millions
  • He produced the animated film ‘Hoodwinked’ (it grossed over $100 million)

  • In his own words: “I don’t want to make money,” says the inventor. “I’m looking to do good before I leave this planet.”
  • He came up with an evaporating cryogenic gas that froze the lens of the eye without the hazards of liquid nitrogen (for cataract treatment)
  • He invented Zip Notes, which are like Post-its, but with a dispenser that allows the user to choose the length
  • He says his doctor set him off on the path of creating Skyy vodka, by saying, “Stay away from cognac, just drink vodka.” This was after Kanbar complained of getting headaches from fine cognac!
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Lewis Gordon is a successful businessman living in Boston, Massachusetts. When he’s not working, he enjoys travelling – especially tasting other cuisines, scuba diving, watching and playing soccer. Lewis also has a love of dogs and is the proud owner of an English Setter.

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