At the end of a long work week (or, hey, even on a random Tuesday, we’re not judging), there are few things more relaxing than kicking back on the couch with a tall glass of fill-in-the-blank-with-your-favorite-alcoholic-beverage. But, let’s face it: alcohol can be pretty pricey, especially if you fancy yourself an amateur mixologist. Instead of hitting up your local liquor store, you can save money, make your life a whole lot easier, and stock up on Ghost Pepper Potato Chips (because, yum) by shopping for alcoholic drinks at Trader Joe’s.
Trader Joe’s boasts a selection of alcoholic beverages that rival those at your favorite liquor store and you can’t beat their prices. Here are 7 of the best and cheapest drinks to score before your next get-together.
Moon X Black Pinot Noir — You won’t find a sexier dark red California pinot noir than this one, which features hints of cherry, black plum, and toasted oak. This fruity, but spicy wine, can be served with rich, autumnal roasted meats or sipped on its own, preferably in front of a roaring fire. And, at $6.99 a bottle, you can easily fill up your wine fridge before the first snow fall (Trader Joe’s, $6.99).
Vodka Monopolowa — It’s basically impossible to find a decent bottle of vodka for less than $25. This Austrian dry vodka is a gem that scores points with Trader Joe’s customers because it costs just $11.99, is triple-distilled and contains no fillers, and mixes unbelievably well with ginger beer, seltzer, OJ, or any other poison of your choice.
Green Fog Organic IPA — This India Pale Ale is crafted with Organic Nugget and Organic Cascade hops. Thanks to an old-fashioned kettle brewing process, this organic beer takes on a citrus and pine taste and aroma that perfectly complements those cozy vibes you want to emit at your next autumn or winter party. A six-pack of 12-ounce bottles costs just $7.99.
Trader Joe’s Kentucky Bourbon Straight Whiskey — If you’re in the market for a straight-up whiskey you can sip solo, you’ll probably want to spend more than $14. If, however, you plan on transforming your whiskey into an Old Fashioned, mint julep, or whiskey sour, it doesn’t get better than Trader Joe’s Kentucky bourbon straight whiskey, which is aged five years and is as neutral in scent and flavor as you’re probably going to get from a whiskey.
Cecilia Beretta Prosecco Superiore — Trader Joe’s does an outstanding job of representing California in the wine department, but it isn’t above shipping in goodies from overseas. This Italian dry white sparkling wine hails straight from the rolling hills of Italy’s Veneto region. Expect a light mix of citrus, tropical flowers, and white flowers — and expect never to pay more than $10 for a bottle of this stunningly delicious Prosecco.
Mission St. Pale Ale — All of Trader Joe’s Mission St. beers are beloved by customers, but this hand-crafted pale ale, with its crisp and clean taste, has gained a cult following. It’s a no-nonsense pale ale made with hops, malted barley, yeast, and pure water, but the taste is refreshing light and satisfying. And the cost? A six-pack of 12-ounce bottles will set you back $6.99.
Charles Shaw Wines – No Trader Joe’s alcoholic beverage list would be complete without a mention of Charles Shaw Wines, better known as “Two Buck Chuck.” Their California selection of wines include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and White Zinfandel — there truly is a wine for every palate. As far as taste goes, they are shockingly drinkable and complement many meals. And the best part: your guests will never know you are serving them a wine that costs a few dollars less than your typical Starbucks order.
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