What is the cheapest alcohol that isn't totally abhorent?

I’ve just moved back to the U.S. and have noticed that alcohol is quite expensive. I usually drank beer in China and am wondering what is a reasonably priced kind of alcohol(that isn’t terrible) here?

I’m looking for a high alcohol content drink that doesn’t have a terrible taste and is reasonably priced.

Any suggestions?

I believe it would be one of the cheaper vodkas. Some of it is harsh but other brands are Ok. I don’t remember any good brands off the top of my head. Vodka is just alcohol and water so it is hard to screw up. You can mix it with just about anything you have. You can buy big jugs for under $10.

Passing cheap vodka through a Brita filter can make it substantially less abhorrent, apparently.


I was reading the after-comments, somebody said it works for whiskey too. Sounds like a plan to me!

Depending on where you live, you may be able to find B grade local beer for cheap. In Texas, Lone Star and Pearl are readily available for roughly $6 per 12 pack. Red Dog is priced similarly and is available nationwide. YMMV.

The yummiest cheap beer is Pabst Blue Ribbon. You can also get bottles of Boone’s Farm wine, which are very sweet fruit flavors, for around $3 each. They’re not good wine by any stretch of the imagination, but they’ll taste decent on the way down and give you a serious buzz. For around $4, you can also drink Manichewitz wine, that grape juicey favorite of Jewish teenagers.

Old Heaven Hill is Kentucky Bourbon that you can get for about 7.99 for 750ml.

I like it better than Jack or Jim and it’s WAY cheaper.

I’ve had better Bourbon (e.g. Maker’s Mark) but not for anywhere close to this price. It also makes a great Manhattan.

Keystone is much much better than PBR. I prefer it so Miller. As for vodka, I think Skol is probably one of the less horrible cheap ones.

To show you what a so-fis-ta-cated gal I am, I like Wine in a Box which, I don’t know who makes it as i am a moran.

I’ll actually take PBR over any Miller or Bud product, and certainly over crap (or piss, I should say) like Busch or Coors. I never liked the taste of cheap, light beers until I tried it, and now I actually must admit I’m a FAN. It’s cheap, goes down really easy, tastes good, and never gave me a hangover. I don’t think they sell Keystone around here in Florida, but I’m pretty loyal to my PBR now.

For a good, drinkable wine (Ok, so Boone’s Farm is technically drinkable and well paired with spray cheez and Ritz, but I’m talking a little more grown-up here), try Charles Shaw wines, available at Trader Joes. Prices range from $1.99 in California (hence the nickname “Two-Buck Chuck” to a whopping $3.39 in Ohio. (Prices increase as you move east due mostly to taxes and transportation costs.)

They stock Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. All of them are good enough to bring to a dinner party unless you’re eating with real wine snobs.

**Shirley **- I like Wine-in-a-box, too, and several folks make them now. I keep two boxes on hand - one generic white, one generic red, and use them mostly for cooking. The airtight delivery system means I can use a 1/2 a cup today and not touch it for weeks, and it’s still good for 1/4 cup next month!

Why, you speak of course of Franzia boxed wine. In college I was roomates with the granddaughter of the Franzias. We used to sometimes give her a hard time about being “Heiress to the Franzia Boxed Wine Fortune.” (Actually her family was quite middle class).

The story goes that one of the Gallos left a Franzia at the altar. The Franzias then vowed they would put the Gallos out of the cheap-wine business. :smiley: I wish my family legends were this amusing.

Target has their own line of boxed wines now. I haven’t tried any, but I see a bunch of them every time I go to the store.

Mogen David 20/20 is a fortified wine available in various flavors, some of which you may enjoy.

Kentucky Deluxe Blended Whiskey. $10 or less per liter and it will FUCK you up.

[Dave Chappelle]IT’LL GETCHA DRUNK!![/DC]

Also called **Mad Dog **20/20 … and for good reason!

Remember, the OP asked for booze that **wasn’t ** totally abhorent.

Mad Dog fails on that count.

Have you tried all the flavors? I find the Blue Raspberry only partially abhorent. :smiley:

20/20; the eyesight you’ll never have again after you drink this horrible bilge.
Sadly I speak from experience. :wink:

I’ve done this. You really need to do it at LEAST 4 times before the alcohol stops ‘tasting like burning’.