Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cheap Thrills: Bottoms Up!


Let's crack the bubbly and pour ourselves a glass of Christmas cheer! I'm so excited for holiday drinks, we're doing Cheap Thrills a day early this week. Many of us will be giving and receiving some adult goodies, nothing that will make us blush - I'm talking adult beverages and all the goodies that go along with them. We've worked hard all year, and it's time to let our hair down and raise our glasses, so let's see what I've dug up to serve as inspiration. 

Hangar One Vodka (assorted flavors) - $29.99 - $32.99 BevMo
A friend of mine recently introduced me to Hangar One Vodka, and I'm eternally grateful! Last week I was driving on the  101, heading to L.A. for some serious shopping, when I saw the Hangar One van, I squealed like a kid seeing Santa Claus. The only other vehicle that gets me that worked up is the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile. I've only seen Hangar One sold at BevMo (so far), and the flavors available range from store to store. Hangar One has the following available (I've sampled three so far, and am working my way towards the rest): Straight, Citron, Kaffir Lime, Mandarin Blossom, Raspberry, Spiced Pear and Chipotle. A bottle would be great to bring to a party or to gift to the vodka aficionado in your life (me).

Chimay Gift Pack - $17.99 BevMo
This 3-bottle gift pack of Chimay is available only around the holidays, so grab it while you can! It comes with a big 'ol goblet and three bottles of Chimay: Rouge (red), Bleue (blue), and Blanche (white). If you've got someone on your Christmas list who already likes Chimay or is into trying different beers and ales, this is a great gift for under $20.

Luckey Bottle Opener - $5.95 Neatoshop
A fun stocking stuffer for the drinker in your life! I've seen these at the checkout aisle at BevMo as well, but had the best price I found. It's a bottle opener in the shape of a key, and it'll fit right on your keyring and blend in with your other keys.

Cell Phone Flask - $7.99
You know you know someone who would love this, admit it. If only they had one in the shape of a T-Mobile Sidekick! Your booze hound can carry about 5oz. of their favorite hooch in this sucker, and sneak a quick drink almost anywhere. A clandestine cocktail during church, a stiff slug during a boring PowerPoint presentation, you get the idea.

And now, for the pièce de résistance, the CVS holiday boozy bargains! Over the last couple of years I noticed that CVS has some great deals on alcohol, but they bring out the big guns during the Christmas season. I went to my local CVS to scope out their offerings and was completely overwhelmed (in a good way) by their deals.

It seems like most items were on sale, high end to low end and everything in between. With so many specials, I couldn't post pictures of all of them, so I went with this really trippy limited edition bottle of Svedka Vodka, on sale for $9.99 (regularly $12.99), but it's the tip of the iceberg, folks. 

Single Bottles: 
Jagermeister 750ml - $14.99 (reg. $19.99) 
Jagermeister 375ml - $9.99 (reg. $10.99)
Baileys 750ml - $15.99 (reg. $23.99)
Absolut Vodka 750ml - $15.99 (reg. $22.99) 
Absolut Vodka (flavored) 750ml - $15.99 (reg. $22.99)
Absolut Vodka 100 750ml - $19.99 (reg. $30.99)
Belvedere Vodka 750ml - $24.99 (reg. $34.99)
Grey Goose Vodka  (plain and flavored) 750ml - $25.99 (reg. $34.99) 
Ketel One Vodka 750ml - $19.99 (reg. $25.99)
Ketel One Vodka 1.75L - $35.99 (reg. $46.49)
Level One Vodka 750ml - $17.97 (reg. $34.99)
Svedka Vodka 1.75L - $17.99 (reg. $22.99)
Skyy Vodka 750ml - $12.99 (reg. $17.99)
Skyy Vodka 1.75L - $21.99 (reg. $30.99)
Smirnoff Twist Vodka (all flavors) 750ml - $10.99 (reg. $14.49)

Cazadores Tequila Anejo 750ml - $32.99 (reg. $42.99)
Cazadores Tequila Blanco 750ml - $19.99 (reg. $31.99)
Cazadores Tequila Reposado 750ml - $24.99 (reg. $34.49)   
Don Julio Blanco 750ml - $39.99 (reg. $51.99)
Don Julio Reposado 750ml - $39.99 (reg. $56.99) 
Patron Silver 750ml - $39.99 (reg. $51.49) 

Jameson Whiskey 750ml - $18.99 (reg. $25.99) 
Jameson Whiskey 1.75L - $36.99 (reg. $49.99)
Jack Daniels Whiskey 1.75L - $32.99 (reg. $42.99)
Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey 750ml - $28.99 (reg. $35.99)   
Maker's Mark Bourbon Whiskey 750ml - $19.99 (reg. $26.99) 
Chivas Regal Scotch 750ml - $21.99 (reg. $29.99)
Dewar's 12 Year Special Reserve Scotch 750ml - $19.99 (reg. $29.49)

Courvoisier VS Cognac 750ml - $24.99 (reg. $32.99)
Courvoisier VSOP Cognac 1L - $36.99 (reg. $48.49) 
Hennesy Cognac 750ml - $24.99 (reg. $34.99)
Hennesy VSOP Cognac 750ml - $44.99 (reg. $56.99)

Beefeater Gin 750ml - $13.99 (reg. $17.99)
Beefeater Gin 1.75L - $24.99 (reg. $32.49)
Sapphire Gin 750ml - $18.99 (reg. $25.99)
Sapphire Gin 1.75L - $34.99 (reg. $41.99)
Tanqueray Gin 750ml - $16.99 (reg. $21.99)
Tanqueray Gin 1.75L - $26.99 (reg. $37.99)
Tanqueray Ranpur Gin 750ml - $15.97 (reg. $22.49)

Gift Sets:
Cazadores Tequila (w/2 shot glasses) - $24.99 (reg. $35.49)
Grey Goose Vodka (w/cocktail shaker) - $25.99 (reg $34.99)
Ketel One Vodka (w/2 tumbler glasses) - $19.99 (reg. $25.99)
Jack Daniels Whiskey (w/2 tumbler glasses) - $15.99 (reg. $19.99)
Chambord (w/2 champagne glasses) - $16.99 (reg. $20.99)

The above list is just a sampling of what they've got, the sets vary by store so check your local CVS to see which sets they're offering!

Wines: I didn't even bother to make a list, since as you can see from the photo above, EVERYTHING was on sale. I'm not kidding, every single wine on the shelf had a sale tag hanging in front of it. (Click the photo to enlarge it and see for yourself!) Champagne too! CVS offers 10% off when you purchase 6 or more 750ml bottles of wine, so stock up now!

I compared CVS prices with those at BevMo, and they were similar (as long as you're using your club cards), the difference is that you earn valuable coupons at CVS based on your purchases. These coupons and vouchers can be used later (perhaps to treat yourself for being such a generous friend and loved one), so that just edges out the deals at BevMo. Wherever you choose to shop, remember to spend a few minutes doing a little research to save as much as you can. Bottoms up, darlings!

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