In lean times everyone is looking for a deal. There are plenty of affordable options in the alcoholic beverage category that will help you save money but not on taste.
Captian Morgan Spiced Rum vs. RonDiaz Spiced Rum
Captain Morgan is and has been the go to spiced rum for most rum drinkers. Around the holidays that is even more true given the versatility of rum in general. Captain Morgan uses a “secret blend” of spices, has a 35% alcohol content (70 proof), and average retail is around $17.99 a 750 ml. RonDiaz Spiced Rum is a Barbados Rum with spices and natural flavors, has 30% alcohol content (60 proof), with an average retail of $8.99 a liter. Used in any mixer or by itself it has a very comparable flavor to Captain albeit a slightly lower potency.
Absolut Vodka vs. Pinnacle Vodka
Absolut Vodka remains a king in the vodka industry and deservedly so. The Swedish, grain distilled vodka has been around for over 100 years. Beloved by many for its smooth finish in almost any drink it has a 40% alcohol content (80 proof) and has an average retail of $18.99 a 750 ml. Pinnacle Vodka, a French import spirit, is distilled from wheat and spring water. Like Absolut, it also boast a large variety of flavored vodka’s in addition to its original. It has a very smooth up front (especially the flavors) and a slightly harsher finish then Absolut but not too noticeable. It has the same alcohol content as Absolut yet retails for about $10.99 a 750 ml.
Jose Cuervo Gold vs. Arandas Oro Tequila
Jose Cuervo Gold, another giant in it’s category, has been a staple in bars and restaraunts for decades. Made with blue agave, it is an easy drinking gold tequila and has many drink recipe’s that compliment it. Cuervo Gold has a 40% alcohol content (80 proof) and retails for around $17.99 a 750 ml. The lesser known Arandas Oro Tequila is also a gold tequila. It is also distilled from blue agave. Although Arandas is not as full of flavor as Cuervo, it drinks as smooth and every bottle features 3 drink recipe’s for the mixing impaired. The alcohol content is identical and Arandas Oro retails for around $12.99 a 750 ml.