06/11/2013 03:58 pm ET Updated Jun 11, 2013

The Best Booze Under $20

By Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit

A smartly chosen roster of inexpensive liquors in a few key categories is all that really stands between you and the perfectly crafted cocktail. These bottles are the essential building blocks for a top-notch affordable home bar. Think of them as the classic six: vodka, gin, rum, tequila, bourbon and Scotch. Here are some good buys, and a few ideas for the drinks you can make with them. No fancy, obscure ingredients necessary.

The Best Booze Under $20

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