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It’s a tradition: you have to cheers with your groomsmen. But that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Really, it’s a photo op more than anything. Okay, okay, yes, we want you to have a good time. Just remember: don’t under any circumstances get trashed before the ceremony.So in order to get the great photo, have a good time with some at least okay booze and spend under $30, you’re going to need some recommendations. Here are some of our favorites.
From one of the oldest distilleries in the nation, and from the same bourbon tree as legendary Pappy Van Winkle, this is a classic bourbon with a classic flavor that you cannot go wrong with. If you’re feeling pretty good about your budget, Buffalo Trace also distills Eagle Rare, or if you’re really trying to show off, try Blanton’s.
A perfectly well-rounded budget bourbon. Shoot it, make an Old Fashioned, mix it with coke, it won’t disappoint. Old Forester has been in production since 1870 for a reason.Bonus tip:Just mixing?
Old Fitzgerald is a good option for a bourbon and coke, or when you run out of the nice stuff at 2:00 a.m.
After you’re done with your shot, mix up some gimlets with this stuff. The cucumber hints in the gin play well with the lime in a gimlet. Hendrick’s also offers a few more expensive kinds. We recommend Hendrick’s Orbium, which is infused with quinine and wormwood and makes for a perfect drink on ice.
Bombay Dry London Dry Gin
It’s not gonna knock your socks off flavor-wise but it’s a classic juniper taste that will get the job done.
The reposado is aged 6 years, which is a good age for the price. Great packaging too.
One of the cheapest 100% pure agave Tequilas. Tequilas that are not 100% pure agave will have some cheap grain liquor mixed in. The extra $5 is 100% worth it. Your body will thank you the next day.Bonus tip:I think the reposado (usually aged 3–6 months) tequilas are easier to shoot.And if your budget is a bit higher, go 1800 or Patron.
I’m not going to advise you to get a bottle of Scotch under $30. But you can get a pretty decent Scotch for a tad over, around $35 if that is what you are in to. Go with Glenmorangie, it’s a classic.
Save these for mixing on the beach during your honeymoon with your new wife or husband. But if you really must, try Cruzan Single Barrel for rum and Grey Goose for vodka.
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