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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 Liqueurs

Merlet Creme De Cassis de Saintonge Fruit Liqueur
98 points
$23
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
Trader Joe’s Cocoa Cream Liqueur
94 points
$7.99
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
$13.95
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
Skip Rock Coffee Liqueur
94 points
$22
Best Buy
Opaque brown black color. Savory aromas and flavors of smoked teriyaki jerky, dark espresso, dark roasted nuts and chocolate, and smoked paprika with a glycerous, bright, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, long finish with elements of chocolate espresso bean, dried tropical fruits, and molasses cookie. A very savory, umami-driven, and substantial coffee liqueur that will excel in cocktails.
Awards: 2021 Best Coffee Liqueur
94 points $22 Best Buy
Member’s Mark Limited Edition Egg Nog
93 points
$9.98
Best Buy
Opaque cream color. Spicy aromas of gingerbread cookie and egg nog with a creamy, vibrant, sweet full body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-length cheese danish, spice cake, buttercream, and flan finish. A custardy treat with piles of festive holiday spice; great for gifting and sipping.
93 points $9.98 Best Buy
Merlet Crème de Mure Liqueur
93 points
$13.95
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dark ripe cherry, blackberries, and black cassis with a round, crisp, very sweet full body and a polished, layered, medium-long finish with suggestions of honeyed plum finish. A concentrated ripe and pure berry liqueur that will make for quintessential Kir Royales and El Diablos; try in all types of cocktails and desserts.
93 points $13.95 Best Buy
Gran Gala Triple Orange Brandy Liqueur
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Dark amber color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of fragrant orange rinds, cacao nibs, toasted almonds, orange-caramel, and lemon curd with a velvety, vibrant, sweet medium body and a sleek, intricate, long finish that shows notes of hints of leather, raisins, caramel cake, and baking spices. A rich, undulating Liqueur that delivers sophisticated orange flavor for cocktails, after dinner tipples, and anytime indulging.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Dooley’s Toffee Cream Liqueur
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Rich creamy caramel color. Aromas of caramel cake, cocoa powder, vanilla milkshake, and pecan praline with a velvety, bright, sweet fat body and a smooth, complex, medium-long caramelized agave, smoked chocolate cake, and cinnamon mocha latte finish. A spot-on Cream Liqueur with delicious chocolatey and caramel flavors.
Awards: 2021 Best Cream Liqueur
93 points $19 Best Buy
Galliano Ristretto Coffee Liqueur
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of candied fennel seeds, espresso, tarragon, black pepper, and cereal grains with a chewy, vibrant, light-to-medium body and a tingling, layered, long finish that shows touches of spiced coffee, molasses, and hits of roasted nuts. An herbaceous and distinctive Coffee Liqueur that offers something deliciously different to the coffee or absinthe lover.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Wild Turkey American Honey Sting Flavored Whiskey Liqueur
93 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Pale golden amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spearmint creme, cinnamon candies, jasmine, violet petals in syrup, coriander, and sweet vanilla caramel with a round, crisp, sweet light body and a peppery, intricate, long finish displaying notes of cardamom, eucalyptus, spicy cinnamon, and crystalized ginger finish. Bold, nuanced, distinctively spicy; this is the whiskey liqueur you should be shooting.
Awards: 2018 Best Whisky Liqueur
93 points $21.99 Best Buy