Stock your holiday hospitality arsenal with these bottles and you'll be ready when all the Whos down in Whoville come to rattle your wreath. If the list looks like a budget-crusher, keep in mind that most of these liquors are available in smaller sizes.
Smirnoff Vodka 750 ml/$24.25 LCBO #67
You can go out and buy all the fancy vodkas, but they won't taste much better than this.
Beefeater London Dry Gin 750 ml/ $24.95 LCBO #570
Classic stuff for mirthful martini madness. Chill it in a snowbank.
Centennial 10 Year Old Rye Whisky 750 ml/$24.75, LCBO #387209
Blended Canadian whisky should be getting a good workout at this time of year. Don't hesitate to serve it straight up or on the rocks.
Appleton Estate V/X Rum 750 ml/ $25.45, LCBO #177808
Don't even think about opening that carton of eggnog without some of Jamaica's finest on hand.
De Valcourt Napolean VSOP Brandy 750 ml/$23.65, #10801
No need to delve into pricey cognacs. A simple French brandy will work for cocktails and for all your festive flambéing needs.
Martini and Rossi Extra Dry White Vermouth 500 ml, $7.35, LCBO #18549; and Sweet Red Vermouth 500 ml, $7.35, LCBO# 17889
A bar without vermouth is like an elf without pointy shoes. Get the small bottles and keep them in the fridge.
Baileys Irish Cream 750 ml/$29.45, LCBO #5959
Nothing starts a mutiny faster on the good ship Festivus than running out of Baileys.
Triple Sec 375 ml/$11.95, LCBO #88328
This versatile liqueur will work in drinks calling for Cointreau, Grand Marnier and curaçao. Very sweet, so pour cautiously.
Kahlua 375 ml/$15.95, LCBO #577940
You'll only be dreaming of a White Russian if you don't have a bottle of this.
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut 750 ml/ $13.45, LCBO #88591
You've got to have bubbly for such wassail winners as champagne cocktails and mimosas.
Steam Whistle Lager 6x341 ml/$12.75, LCBO #547646
Somewhere into the second box of chocolates, you realize it's time to lighten up a bit. Good lager's the thing.
El Jimador Reposado Tequila, 750 ml/ $31.85, LCBO#460360
I'm assuming that at this time of year tequila will sipped. This one verges on affordable and can be poured with pride.
Té Bheag Blended Scotch 750 ml/ $37.95, LCBO #949172
Only a few dollars more than the standard brands, this excellent blend will gain festive props from all the Scotch connoisseurs.
Woodford Reserve Bourbon 375 ml/ $25.05, LCBO #15537
Here's the least amount of money you can spend on a very deluxe sipping bourbon.