Happy National Vodka. To celebrate, let's raise a toast to some of the best distilleries in the Cowboy State.

Rock Ranch Vodka from the Pine Bluffs Distillery is one of the best in the country. In February, it took third place out of over 500 entries at the American Craft Spirits Awards in Minneapolis. In March, two of their whiskeys,  Lodgepole Creek Bourbon and Muddy Creek Bourbon, won bronze medals from the American Distilling Institute.

The Backwards Distilling Company in Mills was one of Wyoming's first homegrown distilleries. Although their Ringleader Vodka and 307 Vodka haven't won any awards, USA Today recently named them one of the top ten craft rum distilleries in the nation.

Chronicles Distilling in downtown Cheyenne opened in July. Their Tart Lemon vodka is drawing rave reviews along with the Biting Wind corn vodka. They plan to introduce more flavors in the coming months including a bacon vodka and a jalapeno bloody mary vodka.

Cowboy Country Distilling in Pinedale filters their vodka with pure silver, which inspired the name for their Silver Spur Vodka and their Silver Spur Jalapeno Bacon Vodka. Their website also includes recipes for several creative vodka cocktails including bloody marys, a lime drop basil martini, and the Blushin' Russian.

Jackson Hole Still Works is one of the most popular distilleries in the west, distributing vodka, whiskey, and gin in liquor stores around the country. Every year, their Highwater Vodka features artwork from the annual Spirit of Wyoming contest.

The Koltiska family in Sheridan opened their first distillery in 2001. In 2016, they expanded their product line with a winter-mint liqueur and their Koltiska Vodka which is distributed around the region.