Drinking Well for $20 or Less

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It is a recession. Unless you’re the one guy that didn’t dump his Apple stock 20 years ago, Donald Trump or any rapper, you aren’t ready to spend all of your money on weekend cocktails. Not to fret; there are plenty of ways to enjoy a delicious libation without having to convince your credit card company to raise your limit. Here’s The Savory’s guide to putting down those premium liquors and making your way back to the well:

The well drink is named after the rail in front of the bartender from which they pull their bottles. Typically the bar keeps its cheapest liquor in the well. Lately, with the push for specialty cocktails at most bars, the rail is sometimes stocked with the alcohols needed for said drinks, just for convenience and speed’s sake. We will be referencing the cheaper bottles behind the bar. The typical bar rail is filled with vodka, gin, rum, tequila, bourbon and scotch (along with certain mixers). The Savory is going to teach you how to drink the best from the “bottom shelf”, with liquor recs of bottles at $20 or less.




Prairie Organic Vodka ($19.99)– Not only is this a Double Gold Medal award winner at the 2011 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, but it’s also certified organic.  




Broker’s London Dry Gin ($18.99)– With a perfectly crafted blend of fresh ingredients from across the world, this London dry is perfect for martinis or any craft cocktail.



Flor de Caña 4 yr Gold Rum ($14.99)– Aged four years, Flor de Caña from Nicaragua is 80 proof, packing one heck of a punch. But it has a nice medium body with a vanilla bouquet and a caramel, sugar cane, coconut and pepper palate.



Espolón Blanco Tequila ($19.99)– Another 2011 Double Gold Medal winner, made from 100% Blue Agave. This silver tequila is as smooth as it is flavorful. Plus, it has one of the coolest labels we have ever seen.




Old Crow Reserve Bourbon Whiskey ($18.99)– Four years aged in oak barrels to 86 proof, this caramel-colored bourbon has sweet notes of vanilla and just enough bite to know its place. Old Crow Reserve is a modestly priced bottle that Dr. James C. Crow himself would be proud of.



Bank Note 5 Year Blended Scotch ($19.99)– A delicious blend of 40% single malt and 60% scotch grain whiskey, Bank Note is an unbelievable product for its price. Light-bodied with a sherry nose and slightly lemony and cocoa palate, this will become your everyday sipping scotch.

You don’t need a big bankroll to be a baller at your home bar. Remember that sometimes the cost of a product does not define the quality. (Ah-hem…Patron) So, save, drink and be merry.

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