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Jan 4, 2013 10:34 AM

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

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.

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  1. 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.

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

      5 Replies
      1. re: foodieX2

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

        1. re: Hobbert

          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

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

          1. re: foodieX2

            "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

              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.

          2. 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. 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!