Affordable Mixology: A Student’s Guide

Tired of cocktails that cost as much as a bottle of liquor at home? Check out our guide to affordable mixology.

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Restaurant’s and Bars often go by the 20% rule.[3]
$.95 = cost of drink materials to bar or restaurant.
$.95 x 5 = $4.75
$4.75 drink cost.

Sometimes adjusted higher for competition.

Competition:
Neighborhood Bar: $4 cocktail
Upscale restaurant: $12 cocktail
$4-$12 = safe range.
With entertainment costs often covered by raising drink prices even higher.

Meaning you can often make at least 5 drinks at home
For the price of 1 at a bar or restaurant.

Top 10 cocktails

10.) Mojito
Price:
White Rum: $21.99 for 1.75 liters
Mint Plant: $2
Lime Juice: $2.66 32 oz bottle
2 liter club soda: $1.50
5 lbs sugar: $4.00

Total initial investment: $32.15
Price per drink: $1.07
Total Drinks: 30

9.) Pina Colada
Price:
Light Rum: $23.99 for 1.75 liters
Pineapple Juice 46 oz: $2.48
Cream of Coconut, 42 oz: $5.78
1/5 lb Maraschino Cherries: $6.99
Fresh Pineapple: $4.00

Total initial investment: $43.24
Price per drink: $1.44
Total Drinks: 30

8.) Cosmopolitan
Price:
Vodka: $19.95 for 1.75 liters
Cointreau 375 ml: $21.99
Lime Juice 32 oz: $2.66
Cranberry Juice 64 oz: $2.48
Lime Peels: $2.24

Total initial investment: $49.32
Price Per Drink: $1.26
Total Drinks: 39

7.) Tequila Sunrise
Price:
Tequila: $27.40 for 1.75 liters
Grenadine 750 ml: $4.19
Orange Juice 129 oz (two bottles): $8.00

Total Initial Investment: $39.59
Price Per Drink: $1.32
Total Drinks: 30

6.) Daiquiri (Rum)
Price:
Light Rum: $19.99 for 1.75 liters
Lime Juice 32 oz: $2.66
Sugar Syrup 1 gal.: $7.49

Total Initial Investment: $30.14
Price per drink: $0.77
Total Drinks: 39

5.) Margarita (non-frozen)
Price:
Tequila: $27.40 for 1.75 liters
1L triple sec: $10
Lime Juice 32 oz: $2.66
Limes: $4

Total Initial Investment: $44.06
Price Per Drink: $1.13
Total Drinks: 39

4.) Martini (Vodka)
Price:
Vodka: $19.95 for 1.75 liters
Vermouth 750 ml: $14.99
Olives: $4.50

Total Initial Investment:$39.44
Price Per Drink: $1.01
Total Drinks: 39

3.) Cuba Libre (Rum and Coke)
Price:
Dark Rum: $24.90 for 1.5 liters
Coke, 4L: $4.00
Limes: $4.00

Total Initial Investment: $32.90
Price Per Drink: $1.10
Total Drinks: 30

2.) Screwdriver
Price:
Vodka: $19.95 for 1.75 liters
180 oz orange juice (3 bottles): $12.00

Total Initial Investment: $31.95
Price per drink: $0.82
Total Drinks: 39

1.) Bloody Mary
Price:
Vodka: $19.95 for 1.75 liters
92 oz tomato juice: $2.78
12 oz hot sauce: $1.28
Worcestershire Sauce: $3.59
Celery: $3

Total Initial Investment: $30.60
Price Per Drink: $1.02
Total Drinks: 30

* All prices for mid-shelf 1.75L liquors.

This is just a guide. Feel free to mix and match your way to even greater savings!

 

References:

  1. https://bartending.wonderhowto.com/news/cocktail-blueprints-0124895/
  2. https://www.thespruceeats.com/rum-mojito-recipe-2137810
  3. https://www.thespruceeats.com/pina-colada-cocktail-recipe-759330
  4. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/25845/cosmopolitan/
  5. http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink2340.html
  6. https://www.thespruceeats.com/classic-daiquiri-recipe-759294
  7. https://www.thespruceeats.com/fresh-margarita-cocktail-recipe-759317