The price of a bottle of liquor varies from state to state. Some states, like Missouri, are dirt cheap while others, like New York, make you dig a little deeper into your pockets. A lot goes into that variation, but one of the biggest factors is how much liquor is taxed by the state. A 2018 map from the Tax Foundation uses data from the Distilled Spirits Council to break down exactly how much of the cost of your bottle is going straight into the state’s coffers.
Washington state is the most eye-catching, charging $32.52 per gallon. There’s around five standard 750 milliliter bottles in every gallon, so that means Washington tacks on around $6.50 in taxes to every bottle of liquor. Oregon comes next at $22.75 per gallon ($4.55 a bottle), then Virginia with $19.93 per gallon ($3.99 a bottle), followed by Alabama with $18.27 per gallon ($3.65 a bottle) and Utah rounds out the top five with $15.38 per gallon ($3.07 a bottle).