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Best Buys are spirits that deliver great taste for a great price. We use an algorithm that factors the ratio of the products suggested retail price to our score and the bottle size to calculate our Best Buy awards. If you are on a budget, our Best Buys can't be beat.

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Best Inexpensive Liqueurs

Merlet Creme de Cassis de Saintonge Liqueur
97 points
$20
Best Buy
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 finish with elements of 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
Drillaud Elderflower Liqueur
95 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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 finish with accents of candied kiwi and lychee and melon sorbet finish. A bold, vibrant elderflower liqueur with complex layers of flavor.
95 points $17.99 Best Buy
Merlet Creme de Peche Liqueur
95 points
$20
Best Buy
Brilliant golden amber orange color. Pure, fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of ripe whole peach, peach cider, and floral honey with a glycerous, vibrant, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, involved, very long finish displaying notes of rose water, mango-peach sorbet, and pink peppercorn finish. A fantastically rich and flavorful peach liqueur for all applications.
95 points $20 Best Buy
Hofland "Meesterbitter" Herbal Liqueur
94 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Bright bronze color. Delicate, attractive, buttery aromas and flavors of sassafras, molasses spice cake, toasted citrus and mint, and cumin spiced nuts with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish conveying shades of bitter barks and roots, cola, pepper, and earth finish. A vibrant, stimulating, and well balanced herbal liqueur that would be a good introduction to the category.
94 points $16.99 Best Buy
Sassy Girl Rum C.R.E.A.M
94 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Creamy bone white color. Bright, attractive, creamy spicy aromas and flavors of key lime pie with graham cracker crust, light egg nog, coconut macaroon, and oatmeal cookie with a creamy, soft, sweet medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish that exhibits nuances of horchata and coconut flan finish. A delicious and delicately spicy cream liqueur.
94 points $16.99 Best Buy
Underground Herbal Spirit
94 points
$19.95
Best Buy
Opaque bronze black color. Aromas and flavors of anise cookie and honeyed raisin toast with a silky, soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of orange pepper, saffron, and sassafras finish. A elegant, nicely styled herb spice liqueur.
Awards: 2016 Best Buy Bar Winner – Herb/Spice Liqueur
94 points $19.95 Best Buy
Gran Gala Orange Brandy Liqueur
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Aromas of tropical oranges, polished fine furniture, orange sponge cakes, and steen’s syrup with a round, crisp, very sweet full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long cinnamon sticks, caramel, potpourri, and honey finish. A smooth and dreamy liqueur for any cocktail or on the rocks; try with cigars.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Melkior Honey Liqueur
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Hazy golden amber color. Earthy, sweet aromas and flavors of manuka honeycomb, cashew fruit, nut buckwheat toast, and leather and chamomile tea with a silky, soft, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, captivating, breezy finish that presents touches of caramel latte, hint of peppered melon rind, herbed prunes, and bee pollen and propolis finish. An interesting rustic honey herb liqueur for adventurous cocktails.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Merlet Créme de Poire Williams Liqueur
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Clear straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe williams pear, dried pineapple, sweet vanilla bean, and honeycrisp apple with a round, crisp, sweet medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length banana soufflé, creme Anglaise, fresh grass, and lemon zest finish. A fruity, pure, shining example of pear liqueur.
Awards: 2017 Best Fruit Liqueur
93 points $20 Best Buy
Merlet Creme de Fraise Liqueur
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Fruity aromas of strawberry preserves and butter, toasted hazelnut and citrus, and swiss cocoa with a satiny, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, very long honeyed strawberries and blood oranges, strawberry gastrique, and hint of potpourri finish. A rich, pure, strawberry liqueur with superb vibrancy and depth of flavor.
93 points $20 Best Buy