The Best Bottles of Budget Alcohol, According to Our Readers

The Best Bottles of Budget Alcohol, According to Our Readers

Lisa Freedman
Oct 26, 2017
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A few weeks ago, we asked our Facebook followers to tell us about their favorite budget-friendly bottles of booze. One clear pattern quickly emerged: You guys love any and all liquor from Costco. We got nominations for Cotsco's gin, vodka, and more.

Beyond that, though, here's what else stuck out from the nominations.

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1. Henry McKenna Bourbon

"It's about $22 to $26 for a handle and is soooo good, and I'm not even a bourbon drinker. But for cocktails (Sazeracs are my summer jam) or even with Coke Zero it's a solid win. Hubs prefers it straight, rocks." —Shannon Clayton Flanagan

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2. New Amsterdam Gin

"The large bottle is a steal at $20 and is as smooth as some of my favorite more expensive bottles." —Susan Srsic Lutte

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3. Espolon Tequila

"It's $20 a bottle, and waaaaaay better tasting than Patron at more than half the price." —Kari Murphy

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4. Admiral Nelson Vanilla Rum

"It's less than $10 and, every so often, goes on sale for $6.99 for 750 ml and we buy every bottle they have in the store. It's delicious with Pepsi, Coke, root beer, Dr. Pepper, and even orange pop." —Juliana Gasparich

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5. Tito's

"Not sure if Tito's is considered 'budget friendly,' but I think it's pretty darned good vodka for the money." —Ann MacIntosh Baker

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6. Luksusowa

"It's inexpensive and tastes better than most of the top brands." —Timothy R Schingleton

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7. Skyy

"Skyy is a good budget-friendly vodka, though that post about Luksusowa has me curious. Also, buying the 1.75 ml [option] is always a better value than buying the 750ml." —Tom Saaristo

Have a favorite that didn't make this list? Add it to the comments below!

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