10 Must-Have Liquors For The Holiday Season

12.14.12 5 years ago 30 Comments

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We cover a bevy of interesting topics here at TSS, but we’re pretty light on alcohol coverage. And that’s a damn shame since we at the TSS offices love a good alcoholic beverage as much as the next group of writers. So we thought we’d share with you some of our favorite brands that we’ve been trying as of late. They’d also double as really cool stocking stuffers for the Holiday season.

So give these 10 bottles a shot (not at once! Drink responsibly!) and thank us later. Don’t say we never did anything for you.

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Espolón Tequila
MSRP: $21.99

Frequently when we drink, at least one of the Brothers J–Jim, Jack and José–tags along. However, sometimes we tire of our bros, and need to switch them out for someone newer, fresher, but for the same price point. To replace nuestro hermano ruidoso José, pick up Espolón’s reposado or silver tequilas for the same smooth, crisp taste. A 750-milliliter bottle of the stuff runs around $20, so give José the night off. Plus, he doesn’t dress as well as Espolón. Those Día de los Muertos skeletons are cool as sh*t. – Ryan J.

Jack Daniels Honey
MSRP: $22.99

There aren’t many names in America commanding more respect than Sir Jack Daniels. A much welcomed change of pace, Bro. Daniels brought forth his Honey Jack concoction awhile back and by doing so created one of the better beverages on the market. Suitable enough to mix with Coke or whatever drink of choice, H.J. is actually better taken straight once chilled. Looking to get wasted quick? Shots to the head. Watching pivotal NFL games with the crew? Pour some in a glass, sip and watch the drunkenness slowly overtake you. I’m speaking from experience when I say this is a much appreciated gift when attending any holiday party in the next couple of weeks. – Justin Tinsley

Pliny The Elder
MSRP: $7.50

Named after the Roman philosopher, Pliny the Elder is a true tough guy’s brew. Not only does it have an ABV on the higher side (8%), but as a double IPA it’s one of the most bitter, hoppy beers I’ve ever drank. But as the flagship product of the Bay Area’s Russian River Brewery, it’s also one of the most highly rated and sought after ales for anybody who considers themselves a real beer connoisseur. So, if IPAs are your thing, Pliny the Elder will fill your Christmas stockings nicely. But if the bitterness is too much, try Pliny’s easier-to-drink twin, Pliny the Younger. – Raj

MRSP: $23.99

The name is a play on its ingredients: horchata and spiced rum. The vanilla cream and cinnamon is right up your favorite lady’s alley with the sweet, spicy flavor. Plus the aged rum has a nice, smooth kick. You can show off some of your skills by garnishing it with a cinnamon stick. Ladies love drink accessories. – DS

Rumple Minze
MRSP: $24.99

Rumple Minze is 100 proof and 50% alcohol. It’s strong, and along with its mint taste you will have a burning throat and gingerly warm insides. You should serve it with Irish Crème in a chilled glass to tone down the burn, and then your guests will be guzzling these babies down non-stop. – DS

Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka
MRSP: $20.99

When sisters roll through, DS doesn’t play around. I get classy, yall. Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka. JW tastes like extra sweet, sun-brewed Southern iced tea. You can’t even taste the vodka that’s flowing through its veins, i.e. no kick at all. But for those softies out there, the tea flavor may be a tad strong. Here, you can mix it with cold water or lemonade, one part each. – DS

Bulleit Bourbon
MSRP: $26.99

I’ve professed my love for Bulleit many times before, so you know how much I adore it. While it’s a little too oaky to drink straight, it’s simply the best drink on the market to mix with coke. When mixed the two form a tag team that would put the Hart Foundation to shame. Bulleit is a great choice for bourbon drinkers looking for something new. – David D.

Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
MSRP: $21.99

Right up there as a mixed drink for coke is Captain Morgan’s newest and best. Mix with a coke and it tastes like a slightly stronger Root Beer. I’ve brought the Captain Morgan Black to many a party and was sent home with an empty bottle. – David D.

Crown Royal Maple
MSRP: $26.99

This is a totally left-field move by Crown Royal. But it absolutely works out. Mix with an orange or pineapple juice and you’ve got a drink for guys and ladies attending any get together. Risky branding by Crown, but they pulled it off just in time for the Holidays. – David D.

Ca’ De’ Medici Red Lambrusco
MSRP: $10.99

The 2010 recipient of the best valued wine award is worth every single penny. For those not familiar, the Lambrusco tastes like a stronger soda that you can take to the head in one sitting. If you want to impress people, buy a bottle and they’ll think you broke the bank due to the fancy Italian name. – David D.

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