(Closed) Help me pick my hard liquor

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m a gin lover so I vote for that. Gordon’s is a reasonable cheap brand. I would ask some of the people going to the wedding start with immediate family and close friends see what they drink and take it from there I find most people will drink most things if it’s free 😜

Post # 4
723 posts
Busy bee

If you are looking at bourbon (vote for bourbon!), Evan Williams 1783 is a budget bourbon that is pretty tasty and smooth for its price. I am always coming back to it.

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Post # 5
19 posts

My Fiance and I are thinking about having a custom whiskey made/ mixed drink, and also a custom sangria, that way they can be premade in pitchers and will turn out perfectly for every guest!

I am a huge fan of Gin, Smooth Ambler is my favortie its a WV gin, mild and very pleasing even for none gin drinkers!   

Post # 6
6253 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I say vodka, rum, gin, bourbon, tequila. If I were in your shoes, I’d just go to the liquor store and see what’s on sale, and buy that with some recommendations from the staff of what to avoid. 

Post # 7
1552 posts
Bumble bee

Rum! It’s delicious and easy to mix. I’m fine with regular old Captain Morgan.

Post # 8
998 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!

My husband is a liquor connoisseur. 

Vodka- Smirnoff

Clear Rum- Shellback

Rum- Lady Bligh (smoother than captains, higher alcohol content and cheaper!)

Gin- Bombay 

Bourbon- Southern Co for a sweet

Whiskey- Makers Mark

Top 3: Vodka, Clear rum, and whiskey. 


Post # 9
2011 posts
Buzzing bee

huskylove9999: If you do decide to go for gin then as PP stated, Gordon’s is reasonably priced however if you have a bigger budget then I’d go for Bombay Sapphire instead. Having said that, I think gin is an aquired taste and kind of unnecessary. Personally I would go for one white (vodka), one brown (either bourbon, whiskey or scotch) some beer and maybe wine too. Jim Beam is a decently priced bourbon, Jack Daniel’s for whiskey and Johnnie Walker for scotch (I prefer Chivas Regal – bit more expensive though). These are all mainstream brands so they a little cheaper and easier to get your hands on than others.

My favourite though is American Honey on the rocks with a twist…MMMMMMMMM!! Not many people are fans though.

Post # 10
81 posts
Worker bee

Have you looked at any good cocktail recipes? Yes, you’ll need the basic bar staples, but you’ll also need a good liqueur/ triple sec  (I prefer Cointreau because it can also be used as a base liquor) and you’ll need vermouth and bitters for a solid martini. 


PM if you want some good brands to work with.

Post # 11
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Smirnoff is the bar standard. As much as I love a G&T gin really isn’t a common favorite. Jack daniels is more favorable to the masses and has more variety. I went to bartender school and have been a bartender while in college

Post # 12
2011 posts
Buzzing bee

huskylove9999: Oh and please, please, PLEASE don’t go with tequila. It sneaks up on people and that’s when things get really messy.

Post # 13
823 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Sea Cider

HoorayLouLou:  good call on the top three. I’ll second the vote for vodka, rum, and whisky.

Post # 14
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Oh man, love gin and bourbon. These are my faves/recommendations, though on the somewhat pricier side. 

Gin: Ungava, Victoria’s, The Botanist

Bourbon: I think Maker’s Mark is a good standard. Four Roses is great too and they have various price ranges.

Mind you, it also depends on your guests. Do the have discriminating tastes, and would they appreciate the nicer spirits? If not, then just get whatever is cheap.

Post # 15
2663 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

huskylove9999:  I mainly drink gin and Scotch. I’m UK though so our brands will be different…or your import price of the drinks made here will be astronomically high I imagine. But buy from a middling price. Not shop’s own because it’s atrocious and nothing so expensive that your guests won’t truly appreciate it — especially if they’re mixing! If you name some brands I’m happy to chime in with those which I deem good quality if that helps at all. Glenfiddich and Chivas Regal I find to be good all rounder whiskies and Hendricks and Bombay Sapphire are good gins. In my mind those are likely to be famous enough to have been exported but I may be wrong…

I love gin and tonic with a slice of cucumber with ice in the day. In the evening a neat whisky is heaven but this isn’t the case for many so there needs to be ice and then mixers like ginger, cola and maybe soda? It depends on your crowd and bar set up. An old fashioned cocktail with rye or bourbon is a winner and I know a few white rum drinkers. I think Jim Beam and JD are the only bourbons I’ve tried but they’re too sweet for my palette.

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