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5 bottles of budget booze to buy now

Friday, September 8th, 2017

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Looking for quality spirits at swill prices? From third party-manufactured house brands to underpriced hidden gems, here are some first-rate options that won’t break the bank.

1. Great King Street Glasgow Blend
Scotch is expensive. This smoky, peaty, blended bottle from Compass Box is a tasty and economical intro to the heavier flavors of Islay.
$35. Lukas Wine & Spirits, 15678 Manchester Road, Ellisville, 636.227.4543, lukasliquorstl.com

2. El Dorado 5-Year Rum
Made in wood stills in Guyana, this rum is way cheaper than it should be. Five years in used bourbon barrels produces a panoply of flavor notes from dried fruit to caramel.
$20. Randall’s Wine & Spirits, various locations, shoprandalls.com

3. Trader Joe’s The Art of The Still Organic Gin
Not as juniper-forward as a London dry, TJ’s martini-worthy New Western-style gin is clean, crisp and citrusy.
$14. Trader Joe’s, various locations, traderjoes.com

4. Trader Joe’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Sweet and floral with just a touch of smoke and leather, this whiskey is aged in oak for eight years.
$25. Trader Joe’s, various locations, traderjoes.com

5. Schnucks Private Stock Bourbon
A 100-proof high-rye bourbon sourced from a well-regarded distillery on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, this house brand unicorn strikes a delicious balance between boozy, spicy and smooth.
$13. Schnucks, various locations, schnucks.com

 Photo by Jonathan Gayman

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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{I drink water like a camel, but every once in a while, I need something with a little more flavor. I’m not one to crave a Diet Coke, but I will treat myself to this Italian blood orange soda from Villa Italia after a trip down the aisles at Trader Joe’s. Sweet, bubbly and flavored just enough to kick a sweet tooth, it’s even better with a splash of gin.}

{After I finish off one of Five Star Burgers‘ grass-fed patties, I deserve the $1 Ice Cream Shooter. This single scoop of Serendipity ice cream – chocolate, vanilla or salted caramel – is perched atop an old-fashioned cake cone that fits perfectly into the palm of my hand. Dessert isn’t bad for me if it only costs a dollar, right?}

{I can resist an entire cake without flinching, but get me within 100 feet of Darrell Lea Strawberry Licorice, and it’s all over. The fact that the licorice is natural, with no artificial flavors or colors, convinces me that I shouldn’t feel bad about ripping open the bag before I even get to the checkout counter. Available at World Market.}

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{These Mexican Sweet Potato Skins elevate one of my favorite bar foods (potato skins) and make them not only healthier but also, just, better. I mean, roasted corn, black beans, cilantro, spicy chipotle, cheese and no grease? Enough said.  – photo courtesy of Pinch of Yum.}

{I’ve never been one to use headphones because they don’t stay in my ears, but these Yurbuds (a local brand!) seriously do the trick. When I put these on and play some white noise, my time spent editing has never been so productive.}

{I know. They look more like shriveled ears than apricots, but let me explain. Trader Joe’s Unsulfured Turkish Apricots taste like candy. The lack of sulfur dioxide (used for preserving) makes these apricots much more sweet and sour than regular ones (which helps me eat less candy at work), and when chopped, they make for the best topping on oatmeal, chicken, cereal … anything.}

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