About Best Buys

Best Buys are spirits that deliver great taste at a great price. We use an algorithm that compares the ratio of a product's suggested retail price to our score in order to calculate our Best Buy list. If you are on a budget, these bottles can't be beat! 

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Best Inexpensive Liquor

Merlet Creme De Cassis de Saintonge Fruit Liqueur
98 points
Best Buy
Rich dark garnet color. Aromas of black cassis, hints of peppermint, toast, and citronella with a bright, sweet fat body and a sleek, massive, medium-long smoked peppercorns and fine syrah finish. An intense, complex and generous Creme de Cassis with bold, pure flavors; the go-to choice for a Kir Royale, an El Diablo, and many other classic cocktails.
98 points $23 Best Buy
Novo Fogo Original Lime Sparkling Caipirinha Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
96 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aroma of funky cane with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long key lime, apricot, grilled fruits and vegetables, coconut, lychee, and guanabana finish. A delicious, perfectly funky caipirinha in a can.
96 points $15.99 Best Buy
Ish Spirits Gin-Ish Non Alcoholic Spirit
96 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cracked juniper, black pepper, fresh parsley, fresh coriander seed, and lemon zest with a supple, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, long finish. This spirit alternative offers the classic London Dry botanical profile and satisfying perceived heat; a raging success for the category, enjoy as liberally as your heart desires.
96 points $25 Best Buy
Liber & Co. Fiery Ginger Syrup
95 points
Best Buy
Tasted as a Moscow Mule cocktail. Golden straw color. Attractive, spicy aromas and flavors of fresh sliced ginger, freshly ground nutmeg, galangal, and hint of egg nog with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, endless finish that shows notes of honeyed ginger root, ginger tea with lemon, and white peppercorn finish. A fabulously fresh and commanding ginger-forward Moscow Mule that warmly stimulates the senses.
95 points $10 Best Buy
Stolichnaya Cucumber Flavored Vodka
95 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Pure aromas and flavors of freshly sliced cucumber and hints of basil with a round, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish with nuances of lime and melon. A stellar Flavored Vodka that sings with pure, natural cucumber flavor and an easy-to-mix dry palate.
Awards: 2021 Best Flavored Vodka
95 points $19 Best Buy
Denizen 3 Year Old White Rum
95 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of roasted coconut with mar, cherries in vanilla extract, magic marker, and carob almond bar with a supple, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish with nuances of minerals, copper, peppered figs, and egg nog finish. A lightly funky, cane-y, pot still influenced rum that will be great for tiki cocktails and daiquiris.
95 points $19.99 Best Buy
Montelobos Ensamble Joven Mezcal
94 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of sweet tea, gunpowder, grilled green apple, rubber, bacon, orange peel, and pineapple chutney with a supple, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, long latex and spiced parsnips finish. A curious and concentrated Blanco Mezcal for celebrating and cocktailing.
94 points $0 Best Buy
Regatta Light Craft Ginger Beer
94 points
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ginger, lime rind, horseradish, and marjoram with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish revealing nuances of pickled cucumber, chalk, and white pepper finish. This ginger beer makes a spicy, balanced Moscow Mule with silky texture.
94 points $5.99 Best Buy
Trader Joe’s Cocoa Cream Liqueur
94 points
Best Buy
Creamy taupe color. Aromas of chocolate milk, cocoa powder, and graham crackers with a creamy, crisp, sweet fat body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length hot fudge on chocolate gelato and chocolate mousse finish. Giant chocolate flavors for your inner child; luxuriate with this over ice.
94 points $7.99 Best Buy
Merlet Crème de Melon Liqueur
94 points
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cantaloupe, golden apple, and honeydew with a satiny, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of watermelon finish. A light and outgoing melon liqueur with an excellent sense of freshness and purity.
94 points $13.95 Best Buy