Costcos are vast, yawning stores with everything you need to throw a cookout for 80 or survive the first six years of the zombie apocalypse. And that includes quality alcohol. The store puts it out under its own Kirkland brand, typically in oversized, 1.75 liter bottles. But just as you don’t always want 136 Gogurts in your fridge at once, you don’t need a half gallon of every single spirit on your bar. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t buy from America’s bulk grocer.
Vodka is a spirit you can stick in the freezer and forget about until you need it. It’ll last a lifetime in there. And at around $20, the Kirkland Signature French Vodka from Costco is one of the best bangs for your buck in the spirit market, period.
If you’re the type to run through G&Ts by the bucketful, you’ll be glad you got an extra large bottle of gin. Costco has its own brand of London Dry Gin, but unlike some of its other spirits, the Kirkland gin drinks like a budget bottle and doesn’t quite stand up to the others the store sells. Opt for a big bottle of Beefeater, Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire.