I’ve heard it said that the high cost of alcohol is proof that there is no God, but that doesn’t have to be true. Of course top shelf vodka is going to be expensive, but you can still pay less without sacrificing taste. Whether you’re hitting the bars or hosting your own shindig, these cheap mixed drinks will keep your taste buds happy and your wallet (relatively) full. Rule of thumb: Fewer ingredients plus house liquor equals lower cost.
2. Gin & Tonic
- Fill glass with ice
- 2 oz. gin
- Fill rest of the glass with tonic water
Cost at home: ~$2 per serving
Meal pairing: Cheese and crackers
You probably ordered this the first time you ordered at the bar because all the classy and classic grown-ups in movies do. You really can’t go wrong with a gin and tonic. You’ll find the two ingredients to this drink with ease. The grown-ups also recommend pairing this popular cocktail with some strong cheese for a snack that you might find in your grandma’s fancy country club (we won’t tell if you use Ritz crackers and Cheez Wiz, though).