Utah cocktailians can rejoice that it’s October, and the colder weather means it’s time for cocktails that are brown, bitter, and stirred. The count of items marked down by the Utah DABC State Liquor Stores has revived! The number of items on SPA (Special Price Adjustment) this month (422) is quite an increase compared to the 333 in September, so now is a good time to get ready for cold weather cocktails by stocking your bar with October bargains. As the nights grow cooler and the early autumn days grow noticeably shorter, here are some cocktail ideas that, combined with these sale items, can reduce your monthly cocktail spend.
If you are into Bourbons, some good ones to try this month are Bulleit Frontier (down 11% to $24), Knob Creek (down 11% to $32), and Woodford Reserve (down 14% to $30). If you want to make a very mellow Manhattan, try one with some Woodford Reserve. If you are tempted more by imported, brown liquors, there are a couple of good, blended Scotch Whiskies marked down, too; so if you’re looking for something to put into a really top-shelf Blood and Sand, you can get some Chivas Regal 12 Year (9% to $32) or a bottle of Dewars Special Reserve 12 Year (12% to $30). Feeling like some Barbados Rum? Mount Gay Eclipse is marked down 10% to $18 this month, try it in your next Rapture. There is also a large selection of spiced Rums.
If even this late in the year, your taste runs to liquors of a lighter color, there are still some deals for you. There are about 17 Tequilas marked down in October, not counting the flavored ones. Familia Camarena Tequilas, one of my favorite brands for mixing, have the Silver and Reposado both marked down 10% to $18. If you’ve never tried one, give the El Diablo a try. Deals on Vodka this month include liter bottles of Tito’s Handmade (CS# 038176 down 15% to $17). (Great in a White Russian.) You might also like to try Belvedere Intense (8% to $37) in a Vodka Martini.