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What should I do with a large amount of cheap (mostly undrinkable) booze?

hippiebiologist Jan 4, 2013 10:34 AM

A friend recently cleared out his liquor cabinet (i.e. gave me everything), which mostly consisted of various cheap (think Arrow and Mr. Boston) fruit liqueurs from his ex-wife. Some are drinkable if mixed (although not the best), some are okay in cooking, but most (like theArrow Creme de Banana - smells like pain thinner - and cheap Grappa) I don't even want to touch. I'd hate to throw so much alcohol away, and I'm not sure I know anybody who would drink these, either (not that I'd want to subject them to that). Any ideas?

Also, by large amount, I mean 14 mostly full bottles large amount.

  1. greygarious Jan 4, 2013 10:58 AM

    Maybe boil down small amounts of the booze, then taste them once the alcohol has cooked away, to see if there's anything tasty there.

    I would experiment with the Bananas Foster technique, not necessarily using banana. Apple, pear, and other fruits can be prepared the same way depending on what flavors the liqueurs are. Sacrificing a little sugar and butter and a single piece of fruit won't break the bank, if the result doesn't taste good.

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      foodieX2 Jan 4, 2013 11:01 AM

      Know any college students? If not advertise it on Craig's list. It would make a mean frat punch.

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      1. re: foodieX2
        Hobbert Jan 4, 2013 11:07 AM

        Alcohol is prohibited on Craigslist. Of course, so are pets but that doesn't seem to stop anybody.

        1. re: Hobbert
          foodieX2 Jan 4, 2013 11:15 AM

          I was kidding about Craig's list but I bet there are ways to word it, lol!!

          Serously who drink that much crap? People who drink booze punches, aka college students.

          My serious answer is pour it out. I personally would not have taken anything I woudnt drink.

        2. re: foodieX2
          ttoommyy Jan 4, 2013 11:10 AM

          Just what college students need...more booze! LOL

          1. re: foodieX2
            ttoommyy Jan 4, 2013 11:11 AM

            "I'd hate to throw so much alcohol away,"

            Really? Why? it's not like you are throwing away good food that a hungry person would like to have. It's cheap alcohol. Pour it down the drain and be done with it.

            1. re: ttoommyy
              hippiebiologist Jan 4, 2013 12:53 PM

              If it can be used for something else, like some of the people here have been suggesting, then throwing it away is a waste. If it's useless and nobody else had any ideas, then yeah, it was going to go down the drain. I'd rather use all my resources up first, though.

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            dmjordan Jan 4, 2013 11:05 AM

            Well, this is more of a summer drink, Apricot Brandy Slush.

            It doesn't say it in the recipe but after putting some of the slush in a cup we add Sprite or 7-Up.

            1. sal_acid Jan 4, 2013 11:08 AM

              Have any enemies?

              1. nofunlatte Jan 4, 2013 11:10 AM

                If you know of no one would would want this, just get rid of it. I went through my liquor cabinet and deleted several bottles of junky booze right down the drain. These were things I'd purchased for drinks that I will probably never make again. I, too, couldn't justify getting rid of nearly full bottles. Until I could. By that, I mean the satisfaction of having a liquor cabinet of quality liquor that I actually use trumped any latent booze hoarding.

                Recycle the glass, though!

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                  rasputina Jan 4, 2013 11:15 AM

                  If I wouldn't drink it I wouldn't have accepted it.

                  1. tcamp Jan 4, 2013 11:22 AM

                    I'm usually able to come up with a reuse suggestion for most leftovers but this stuff, I'd toss. Recycle the glass bottles though!

                    1. weezieduzzit Jan 4, 2013 11:26 AM

                      One of my old roommates tipped the pizza driver with leftover booze once. We got our pizzas really fast after that.

                      1. Antilope Jan 4, 2013 11:33 AM

                        Wait until Halloween and give it to the parents. ;-)

                        1. LindaWhit Jan 4, 2013 11:33 AM

                          Just toss it. As someone said upthread, if I wouldn't personally drink it, I wouldn't have accepted it.

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                            LJS Jan 4, 2013 11:48 AM

                            If you have an ice cream maker, you are half way toward interesting liquere-based ices. It is amazing how much better cheap booze tastes ice-cold...and, IMHO, if, as it sounds, you helped your friend fulfil a NY resolution to have a booze and ex-wife free home, in my book you totally did the right thing.

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                            1. re: LJS
                              hippiebiologist Jan 4, 2013 12:51 PM

                              Oh, that's a great idea! I would have never thought of that.

                              Ha, thanks. That was my intention - he needed to get rid of it quick, so I took it and then started sorting through it and realized how much crap was there. He kept the whiskey (understandably), but he doesn't drink the cheap liqueur crap his ex did.

                            2. egit Jan 4, 2013 12:45 PM

                              Invite coworkers over for a drink. Obvi.

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                                shikken Jan 4, 2013 02:02 PM

                                Give it to anyone that was alive during the great depression.

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