Do you refuse to pay more than $12 for a handle of vodka? Are you a Grey Goose aficionado? Or are you just not sure how important using expensive alcohol in drinks is? We’ve been wondering as well, so some of us at The Sun decided to graciously sacrifice our taste buds — and sobriety — to compare different brands of alcohol in the same drink.
For our first try, we’re starting with one of my favorite drinks: tequila sunrises. It’s not a drink that many people think of immediately, but I love to order them. The flavor of the orange juice compliments the tequila well. I’ve had several friends start drinking tequila sunrises after watching me order them regularly. Try it for a change.
I set up a “blind” taste test of four different liquors I found at Northside Wine and Spirits (prices for one liter): Jose Cuervo ($20.99), Sauza ($17.99), Tequila Reserva 1800 ($29.99) and Montezuma ($11.99).
13 different people participated in my test, including people who don’t even like tequila.
Most people chose the 1800 — the most expensive one — as their favorite. Cuervo — the second most expensive — came in second. The least favorite by far was Sauza. My conclusion? Tequila should never be bought in plastic or in bottles labelled Sauza.
Want to suggest a drink? The Sun’s Mixology Editor can be reached at email@example.com.