Best Inexpensive Liquor

208022
Vittone
The Original Menta Fernet Vittone
Dark brown black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of chocolate mint cookie, delicate spices, and roasted nuts with a silky, vibrant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, long finish with accents of peppermint oil, honey, delicate herbs, and sassafras. A superb and delicious minty fernet with great drinkability.
98 points $23 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217380
Merlet
Creme de Cassis de Saintonge
Opaque dark violet color. Fruity, herbal, complex aromas and flavors of honeyed cassis, delicate spice and herbs, dark chocolate hint, and root vegetable with a thick, moderately sweet full body and a smooth, complex, very long cassis jam, floral honey, and hint of menthol mint and ginger finish. A fantastically rich and pure creme de cassis.
97 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206858
Gera
Premium Vodka
Clear color. Mild aromas of pastry bread, toasted nuts, and delicate pepper with a satiny, dryish medium-to-full body and a very clean and smooth, powdered sugar, sweet cream, warming pepper, and mineral finish. A fantastically flavorful and elegant vodka to enjoy on its own or in cocktails.
96 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218717
Dutchcraft
Vodka
Clear color. Clean aromas of electrical charge, porcelain, and rainwater with a velvety, vibrant, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-long underripe pineapple, whipped cream, mint jelly, and dried strawberries finish. A clean, nuanced and graceful vodka that hits the spot.
96 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209482
broVo
Jammy Red Vermouth
Dark garnet color. Bold, floral, herbal aromas of menthol mint, pine sap, eucalyptus, grilled grapefruit, and stewed wild berries with a supple, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, long candied jasmine, candied orange peels, ginger mint gum, and peppery Asian spices finish with silky tannins. A fantastic roller coaster of forest and Asian spice flavors for adventurous cocktails.
96 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205318
Crafthouse
Moscow Mule
Cloudy straw beige color. Earthy aromas of fresh cut ginger and pepper with a tangy and nicely tingling medium-to-full body and a long, peppery, honeyed ginger finish. On the rocks brings out an interesting tropical fruit dimension. A tremendous rendition of a Moscow Mule cocktail with outstanding natural ginger character; a world class RTD. Serve on the rocks.
96 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213683
Zing Zang
Bloody Mary Mix
Tasted as a Bloody Mary cocktail. Opaque garnet brick color. Bright, attractive, vegetal aromas and flavors of tomato vinaigrette, tomato-pepper jelly, spice-herb medley, and roasted lemon with a lively, bone-dry medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long roasted nut, spicy garlic tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and mixed peppercorns finish. A lively and flavorful bloody Mary with great balance and drinkability.
95 points $4.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219196
Stalinskaya
Original Vodka
Clear color. Clean, floral, minerally aromas of fresh lavender, lichen, rock, and vanilla wafer cookie with a supple, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long mountain stream, whipped potato, yam, and dill finish. Lovely and pure vodka for vodka connoisseurs.
95 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217376
Drillaud
Elderflower Liqueur
Pale slivery straw color. Herbal, floral aromas and flavors of potpourri, piney herbs, candied rose and lavender, and grapefruit peel with a satiny, tangy, sweet medium body and a smooth, complex, long candied kiwi and lychee and melon sorbet finish. A bold, vibrant elderflower liqueur with complex layers of flavor.
95 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212088
Punt e Mes
Vermouth
Dark brown color. Delicate, spicy aromas of baking spices, pepper, cola, and herbal honey with a satiny, crisp, cloying full body and a tingling, very long cocoa, citrus, prune, and mint finish. A rich and very bitter vermouth that will resonate in cocktails.
95 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab