Slideshow: Ask A Bartender: What Booze Is The Best Value?

Cana Brava
Cana Brava
"Right now, I would have to say Cana Brava Rum is a pretty amazing deal. A three-year-old Panamanian Rum for about $20.  We use it in Daiquiris at work and some specialty cocktails.  I enjoy sipping it too.  It's fairly new to the market, but if you can find it... get it! —Brian Means (Fifth Floor)
A Few Things
A Few Things
"For the money, Educated Guess is a fine wine under $20. It's my go-to for dinners. Sparklers, I have to go with Gruet, out of New Mexico. Value spirits, Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon." — Elizabeth Powell (ArtBar)
Fighting Cock
Fighting Cock
"Fighting Cock bourbon." —Dave Shenaut (the upcoming Raven and Rose)
Elmer T. Lee, Bluecoat Gin
Elmer T. Lee, Bluecoat Gin
"Elmer T. Lee is a single barrel bourbon from Buffalo Trace distillery. Also, Bluecoat Gin is a great American-style gin from Philadelphia with big citrus and earthiness. Both are unique and very approachable in price point." — Nate Howell (Cusp Dining & Drinks)
Declassified Old World
Declassified Old World
"I look for declassified Old World wines.  The quality is still there, it just didn't meet certain legal/governmental qualifications so it's about a third of the price with all the flavor.  Nebbiolos right now are a particular value." —Rob Floyd (The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills )
South American Wines
South American Wines
"Really keeping your eyes open and trying new things are key. A lot of people are loving Argentine Malbecs, and there are a ton of extremely good quality-to-price ratio wines there, but remember about the rest of South America! South America is full of multi-generational wine makers from old families—if you have $10-15 to spend, it will go a lot farther in South America than it would in, say, Australia. Cousino-Macul makes a beautiful Sauvignon Gris in Maipo Valley; it is a fresh, bright wine in contrast to the floods of the round and fruity Torrontes we are seeing these days. And, if you want to stick with Mendoza, try a Bonarda from Durigutti which is intensely dark and gorgeous but surprises you with a playful fruitiness that is a gorgeous combination for fall!"  — Lauren Lathrop Williams (Jsix Restaurant)
Dolin
Dolin
"Vermouth. I love cracking open a nice bottle of Dolin Vermouth (or similar) and enjoying over ice or with soda. At $10 a bottle it's cheaper than Tecate!" — Jon Gasparini ( 15 Romolo, Rosewood), Rye)
Pappy 12 Lot B
Pappy 12 Lot B
"I like higher-end whiskeys, and I'm willing to pay more because I think the value lies in enjoying something rather than saving a few dollars. That being said, if you can find a Pappy Van Winkle twelve year Lot B, it holds up to the more expensive Van Winkles, like the twenty year and the fifteen, for a fraction of the price. But some other spirits that I like for the price are the Michter's Rye and Eagle Rare Bourbon." —Gregory Wescott (Manhattan Beach Post)
El Dorado
El Dorado
"El Dorado rum, any year, is a great value for the quality." —Todd Maul (Clio)