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(Stuff.co.nz)   Having a party at home with an open bar. As a non-drinker, I need recommendations on a decent (not super expensive) gin and vodka that won't make me look that I don't know what to buy   (stuff.co.nz) divider line
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2019-03-23 06:20:46 PM  
Popov plastic handle vodka. Recommended by Doug Stanhope.
 
2019-03-23 06:22:27 PM  
The New Amsterdam gin is quite good.  I assume their vodak is at least adequate.
Jim Beam for bourbon and Famous Grouse for Scotch.
None of this will appeal to the snobs, but who cares?
 
2019-03-23 06:37:09 PM  
Barton's is a good daily driver. Grey Goose or Belvedere for fancy.
Tanqueray  for gin, or Bombay
You need a rum too. I'll recommend "Castillo' rum over Bacardi...which I find too sweet.

But whatever you do...avoid Aristocrat in all shapes and fashion....that stuff isn't even up to hobo standards.
 
2019-03-23 06:37:49 PM  
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2019-03-23 06:43:04 PM  

dionysusaur: The New Amsterdam gin is quite good.  I assume their vodak is at least adequate.
Jim Beam for bourbon and Famous Grouse for Scotch.
None of this will appeal to the snobs, but who cares?


I second the New Amsterdam for gin.  I like Absolut for vodak.
 
2019-03-23 06:51:19 PM  
Sobieski vodak- Polish, distilled from 100% rye, reasonably priced and great well vodak.
I'll second the recommendation for New Amsterdam gin.  Gordon's is decent if you expect any martini drinkers. Buy a small bottle of good dry vermouth to save a couple of bucks- Dolin is good because fresh vermouth does more to make a good martini than the difference between reasonably priced gins does. Or so my son the bartender says.
 
2019-03-23 06:54:10 PM  
Quantity is a quality of it's own. Go for the cheapest stuff in plastic bottles, everyone is going to be too hammered to tell unless you run out.

Oh, it's not that kind of party?
 
2019-03-23 06:57:32 PM  

stan unusual: Sobieski vodak- Polish, distilled from 100% rye, reasonably priced and great well vodak.
I'll second the recommendation for New Amsterdam gin.  Gordon's is decent if you expect any martini drinkers. Buy a small bottle of good dry vermouth to save a couple of bucks- Dolin is good because fresh vermouth does more to make a good martini than the difference between reasonably priced gins does. Or so my son the bartender says.


I just use vodka & olives, but yeah.

Also, I think it's nice that you're providing even if it's not your thing. You're a thoughtful host(ess). 🙂👍
 
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2019-03-23 06:58:12 PM  
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2019-03-23 07:07:54 PM  

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Is that like from the Island on "LOST"
 
2019-03-23 07:13:53 PM  

wax_on: Quantity is a quality of it's own. Go for the cheapest stuff in plastic bottles, everyone is going to be too hammered to tell unless you run out.

Oh, it's not that kind of party?


I lost an entire night after splitting a bottle of Albertson's Bourbon with a friend, horrific hangover.
 
2019-03-23 07:57:33 PM  
Don't invite anyone who would offer unsolicited opinions on the quality of your free booze.
 
2019-03-23 08:12:47 PM  
Pinnacle Vodka.   Five times distilled, from France, not that expensive.   Damn decent.
 
2019-03-23 08:39:44 PM  
Smirnoff for best 'cheap' vodka. Over and over it wins blind 'taste' tests year after year,

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/best-v​o​dka_n_4038718
 
2019-03-23 09:00:45 PM  
For vodka, Ketel One is now often about the same price as Absolut and much better IMHO.

If your store has Reyka vodka from Iceland often it is very reasonably priced and that is my favorite. 7-times distilled through volcanic rock (or so they say) but it is really tasty.

If you're a Costco member, get the big-ass Kirkland Signature vodak bottle with the frosted red glass. The rumor is that it is Grey Goose but in any event, it's good and cheap. The smaller regular Kirkland vodka is not bad either.

Generally, stay away from liquor that is a single first name like 'Dave's Vodka'. And that goes for Tito's too because it sucks. It tastes like flat soda water and it's gross. People who like it have made poor life choices.

Gin makes me depressed so I don't drink it and don't have a preference but Costco has good prices on a lot of big brand gin.
 
2019-03-23 09:07:49 PM  
Go to a Costco.  Get the Imported Kirkland Vodka (not the domestic).   Thank me later.
 
2019-03-23 09:15:08 PM  

dionysusaur: The New Amsterdam gin is quite good.  I assume their vodak is at least adequate.
Jim Beam for bourbon and Famous Grouse for Scotch.
None of this will appeal to the snobs, but who cares?


I'm a scotch snob, definitely, and I prefer the high end bourbons when I want to indulge my finer tastes, but Jim Beam was my first whiskey and it's still my go-to for casual drinking.
 
2019-03-23 09:21:09 PM  
For gin: Plymouth is a classic gin, but doesn't taste like you're grazing a pine forest, and Hendrick's is fantastically delicious neat or with just a little ice. Both are not cheap, but not overly expensive, about $30 in my neck of the woods.
 
2019-03-23 09:51:57 PM  
I'm stumped on the gin thing.
 
2019-03-23 09:53:28 PM  
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2019-03-23 09:56:55 PM  

MrBallou: For gin: Plymouth is a classic gin, but doesn't taste like you're grazing a pine forest, and Hendrick's is fantastically delicious neat or with just a little ice. Both are not cheap, but not overly expensive, about $30 in my neck of the woods.


Second the Hendrick's recommendation.  Best gin for the buck.
 
2019-03-23 10:17:21 PM  
My Costco doesn't sell hard alcohol. It's a damn shame as I've read on Fark that it's a good deal.
 
2019-03-23 10:32:29 PM  
Greenall's is another option for gin but I don't find it everywhere.  I'll join the Sobieski crowd for vodak.
 
2019-03-23 10:38:30 PM  
The standard gin and vodka are Tanqueray and Smirnoff. You can find cheaper, you can find better, but those two are popular and high quality, and if you have them, nobody will wonder what they are drinking.
 
2019-03-23 10:47:07 PM  
Being a vodka snob is like being a white paint aficionado.
 
2019-03-23 10:55:51 PM  
For gin:

Widely available brands would be
Tanqueray (better with tonic)
Bombay Sapphire (better in a martini)

If you want something of better quality then
St George Terrior
Barr Hill
The Botanist

All delicious and markedly better than the first two. Hendricks is also widely available but I find it boring and just a backup when that's all that a bar stocks.
 
2019-03-23 11:00:34 PM  

oxnard_montalvo: Smirnoff for best 'cheap' vodka. Over and over it wins blind 'taste' tests year after year,



Yep.  As someone who used to host semi-regular 40+ people parties in my house before my son was born (well, did one after he was born and that was too much) and spend between $500-$1000 to stock the bar, that is what I went with vodka-wise - at least 2 1.75 bottles.  Almost everyone is going to be mixing it.

For Gin, Tanq. or (better) Sapphire is best (again, 1.75).  If you can't afford a second backup bottle, then go with Seagrams for mixing.
 
2019-03-23 11:27:37 PM  
If your local has it, Tito's vodka is quite good.

Can't comment on gin.  I drink it once a decade.
 
2019-03-23 11:37:22 PM  

wax_on: Quantity is a quality of it's own. Go for the cheapest stuff in plastic bottles, everyone is going to be too hammered to tell unless you run out.

Oh, it's not that kind of party?


You don't want to look cheap.  Buy the second-cheapest stuff.  You don't drink, nobody expects you to know the diff.
 
2019-03-24 12:57:49 AM  

ko_kyi: If your local has it, Tito's vodka is quite good.


Yeah, this. But unless you want to impress the ginfolk, just buy Beefeater. I love Tanqueray, but it's not to everyone's taste. Hendricks and Bols-type genevers are too overpowering for (and wasted in) cocktails, which is what normal people drink at parties.
 
2019-03-24 01:11:49 AM  

EdwardTellerhands: are too overpowering for (and wasted in) cocktails, which is what normal people drink at parties.


well,yeah. If you want your mixers to be the star, don't bother with anything but the cheap stuff. That is the point of cocktails in the first place, after all.
 
2019-03-24 01:22:13 AM  

MrBallou: EdwardTellerhands: are too overpowering for (and wasted in) cocktails, which is what normal people drink at parties.

well,yeah. If you want your mixers to be the star, don't bother with anything but the cheap stuff. That is the point of cocktails in the first place, after all.


Beefeaters ain't the cheap stuff; it's a perfectly respectable gin with a pleasant mix of botanicals. It goes very well with citruses--a plain lime wedge or Collins mixer. If available, I get Brokers--better than Tanq and a bit cheaper, or Aviation, if I'm flush.
 
2019-03-24 01:24:04 AM  
I like Skyy, personally. Started as a startup out of San Francisco, but they're national now.  There's probably better stuff out there, but that's what I'm used to now.

One thing you can do is look at the results from the Ultimate Beverage Challenge.

https://www.ultimate-beverage.com/uplo​ad/files/01/84/05.pdf

Scroll down to "Gins" and "Vodaks" and you'll find the ones that scored the highest, then check the prices in your local liquor store website (if you have any).
 
2019-03-24 01:40:07 AM  
Subby's bullshiating. He/she is just "Asking for a friend" to find out what's good and cheap.
/Muthafarker is probably drunk right now
 
2019-03-24 08:49:39 AM  

CFitzsimmons: My Costco doesn't sell hard alcohol. It's a damn shame as I've read on Fark that it's a good deal.


Then you must live in the Confederate States of America
 
2019-03-24 09:02:14 AM  
First, don't worry about what anyone thinks about your booze choices.  Don't get caught up in that game.  If anyone calls you on your free booze choices, then that's not someone you want to hang out with.

I ran two experiments over the course of years (I don't drink much.)  I saved a bottle of Hendricks's gin, when it was gone, I refill the pretty bottle with with Gordon's gin.  Did the same thing with a Knob Creek whiskey bottle, and cheap whiskey.  I leave the half full plastic cheap bottles right next to the pretty bottles.  I tell guests, if you're mixing it with something sweet/flavorful, use the cheap stuff please.

No one has noticed, or at least no one has complained.
 
2019-03-24 12:18:18 PM  
The best gin mixer is Jim Beam. Two parts Beam and no parts gin.
 
2019-03-24 04:14:49 PM  

Ker_Thwap: First, don't worry about what anyone thinks about your booze choices.  Don't get caught up in that game.  If anyone calls you on your free booze choices, then that's not someone you want to hang out with.

I ran two experiments over the course of years (I don't drink much.)  I saved a bottle of Hendricks's gin, when it was gone, I refill the pretty bottle with with Gordon's gin.  Did the same thing with a Knob Creek whiskey bottle, and cheap whiskey.  I leave the half full plastic cheap bottles right next to the pretty bottles.  I tell guests, if you're mixing it with something sweet/flavorful, use the cheap stuff please.

No one has noticed, or at least no one has complained.


Days used to be, you'd get shot for that.
 
2019-03-24 05:00:45 PM  

CFitzsimmons: My Costco doesn't sell hard alcohol. It's a damn shame as I've read on Fark that it's a good deal.


Mine doesn't either, but the big liquor store in town carries their stuff. Probably higher prices than when Costco sells direct, and I haven't actually tried any yet. I'm a really cheap drunk and they have huge sales every week.
 
2019-03-24 05:56:30 PM  
Here's what you do: You buy the cheapest booze you can find, put it in a pretty decanter with a nice sign/decoration on it. Call it "artisanal." No one will be the wiser.

/I like Bombay Sapphire gin and Tito's vodka. Both sort of middle-range, pretty good, won't  break the bank.
 
2019-03-24 06:52:17 PM  

optikeye: jbc: [lh5.ggpht.com image 540x282]

Is that like from the Island on "LOST"


I think they're prop bottles from Repo Man.
 
2019-03-24 06:54:09 PM  
For gin - Boodles

For vodka - Stoly

Keep in freezer to impress your friends.
 
2019-03-24 08:26:24 PM  
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With. Trump branded product, everyone will know that you're just dripping with class...
 
2019-03-25 12:11:18 AM  
Citadel or Bluecoat for gin.

Charles.
 
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