This holiday season was unlike any other in history. New Year’s Eve parties have been canceled or will be held on a Zoom video call, which means you’re going to have to get high on your own supply. If you need to lift your spirits, we provided a list of some of the best alcohol and liquors to pick from going into 2021.
No matter your budget or drinking experience – whether you’re looking for a cheap tequila, a moderately priced vodka, or a luxurious bourbon – BroBible’s spirits guide for NYE 2021 has something for every discerning drinker.
Little Book Chapter 4 (MSRP $125)
While you’re drinking away your worries away, you might as well indulge in something worthwhile that actually sparks joy. Perhaps you should splurge on a quality bourbon such as Little Book Chapter 4. This very unique brown rice bourbon comes to you from bourbon royalty. The deep ambered-colored masterpiece is brought to you by eighth-generation distiller Freddie Noe, whose grandaddy is the honorable Booker Noe.
Chapter 4: Lessons Honored features a magnificent blend of a 4-year-old Kentucky straight brown rice bourbon, an 8-year-old Kentucky straight high rye whiskey, and a 7-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon. All combine to create a wonderful medley of brown sugar, warm cinnamon, dried cherries, and a spicy red pepper finish that you’ll never forget.
Little Book chapter 4, “Lessons Honored”. I’m a Booker’s fan, and this series from Booker Noe’s grandson Freddie has been a lot of fun to explore, including rice notes in this vintage! pic.twitter.com/LnRitz81Jq
— Ed DeRosa (@EJXD2) October 10, 2020
Casa Dragones Blanco Tequila (MSRP $70)
This complex tequila offers no shortage of intriguing pungencies such as happy agave flavor, bright citrus such as grapefruit, and spicy pepper. This small-batch Mexican tequila is a blanco, yet is sophisticated enough to be a sipping spirit.
Kástra Elión (MSRP $55)
When you think of vodka, Greece isn’t one of the first places you think of. And when you think of vodka, olives aren’t one of the first ingredients you think of. Kástra Elión is a family-owned vodka in Greece. This premium artisan-crafted vodka is curated grains, natural spring water from crystalline rock, and olives from the groves in Nafpaktos. This Mediterranean vodka is perfect for martinis, but smooth enough to sip by itself.
El Tesoro Tequila (MSRP $48)
El Tesoro is a coveted tequila made from blue weber agave in the mineral-rich Los Altos highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. The agaves cook for three days in a traditional brick oven known as a horno, then they are crushed by a two-ton tahona stone. The wonderful flavor of the blanco tequila is bright and sweet, but goes down a little too smooth.
If you’re taking the NYE party home this year and you’re not exactly a fancy mixologist, may we suggest the Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita by On The Rocks. This ready-to-drink cocktail features triple-distilled Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila, pineapples, triple sec, and natural jalapeño extract. There’s a perfect blend of citrusy sweetness balanced by subtle heat. At only 20% ABV, you can have a few without falling to the floor.
Bar Hill Gin (MSRP $40)
What do you get when you pair a skilled beekeeper and an accomplished distiller? A wonderfully-flavored gin that tastes like no other. Vermont beekeeper Todd Hardie and distiller Ryan Christiansen teamed up to create Barr Hill Gin, which uses raw honey, a base spirit of corn, and herbal juniper. The piney and wildflower sweet gin is smooth enough to sip neat.
Isle of Fiji Rum (MSRP $25)
It’s cold out there. Why not instantly transport your tastebuds to the tropics with the soothing flavors of molasses, banana, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, vanilla, and hints of coconut. Mix with your favorite fruit juice or enjoy this rum all by itself.
Camarena Tequila Silver (MSRP $19)
Camarena Tequila Silver is hands-down the best tequila under $20, a perfect mixing spirit for margaritas and palomas. A tequila made from 100% blue weber agave, boasting floral agave flavors and a punch of peppery bite on the finish.
Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2020-02 (MSRP $90)
This 2020 special release, “Boston Batch,” is named after Boston… Kentucky, where Booker Noe first started his prestigious distilling career. This potent 126.5 proof firewater packs a punch, but is so delightfully balanced that it makes for an immaculate sipper. Notes of baked apples and maple syrup are magnificently paired with warm vanilla flavors and smokey char from the oak barrels that this liquid gold spent six years in.