Stock Your Bar With Value: Ten Award-Winning Bottles of Booze for Under $30
The Double Gold takes the risk out of buying low-priced tequila.
5. Lunazul Tequila
This 2012 Double Gold winner is the only bottle I saw that actually had a Gold Medal on the label. A bold move, but one you'd expect for a bottle of tequila that only costs $15 at Spec's. There's no reason to fear all cheap tequila these days -- I can make a surprisingly good cheap margarita with Houston's own Agavales tequila, which is $12 per bottle. Lunazul won a Double Gold in 2012 -- not in a Cheap Tequila category, but rather the Silver Tequila category, and it was tasted straight, not in a margarita.
4. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
If you like your rum spiced, Sailor Jerry won the Double Gold this year in the Flavored Rum category. It's about $20 at Tony K's.
3. Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon
I'd never heard of this bourbon before spotting it at Tony K's, but it has won five Gold medals in San Francisco. Chris Carlsson of Spirits Review declared, "Only brain-damaged frat boys or fashion victims would consider buying anything else in its $20-$30 price range." I'm related to frat boys -- none of them brain-damaged as far as I can tell -- and I'll be serving them Eagle Rare when they visit.