Alcohol Per Dollar + The 4 Things That Make Drinks Taste Good

Hey… Sometimes you just gotta get “There”.


Today We Have The Data For MilliLiters Of Ethanol(The Drug In Alcoholic Drinks) Per Dollar Spent To Find Out The Most Cost Effective Drinks.


MilliLiters don’t mean much, so we calculated the number of drinks per dollar using a 45ml shot of 0.40% vodka = 18ml of pure ethanol, per 1 drink.

Drinks Per Dollar

The math:

  • MilliLiters (1.75L=1750ml) of Booze * percentage of alcohol as a fraction(40%=0.40) = 700 ml ethanol in the container.
  • 700ml of ethanol / 24$ bottle = 29ml ethanol per dollar
  • 29ml ethanol / 18ml pure ethanol in 1 drink = 1.62 drinks per dollar.


Download As Excel File


I learned something very important here: Yep, I can handle Smirnoff.

Doing this has brought to light how special “Specials” really are at bars. That $2.50, 12 oz beer gives you 0.44 Drinks Per Dollar (not including tip). Anyone want to pregame? 😛

Using Thermodynamics

  1. Make it Cold – Lower temperatures lower the vaporization pressure of ethanol. This means less evaporates into your nose, meaning you taste it less. Add some ice.
  2. Lime/Lemon – As talked about in the 5 cooking cheat codes, Vitamin C is something your body needs to survive. A squeeze of lemon will make your body like the drink better.
  3. Salt – Similar to Lime/Lemon, your body needs Sodium to regulate blood pressure, you need salt or you die. Salt around the rim, a sprinkle in  a drink, or add pop to it.
  4. Sugar – Your body tastes sugar as quick energy. Like Limes and Sugar, your body craves it.


Next time I’ll factor in the lemon needed.

What do you think? How low can you go? What product should I study and add next? Comment below.

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7 thoughts on “Alcohol Per Dollar + The 4 Things That Make Drinks Taste Good

  • December 9, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    I’d like to see the base price of some of these, since alcohol has a crazy variance in price depending on location, or even quantity (30-pack versus 6-pack). If a number looks suspicious to me, I can look and say, “Well, there’s the discrepancy, this guy is paying $20 for a twelve pack of Busch!”

    • December 9, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Check out the link to the Excel File under the photo. If you want anything more specific let me know. I have plans to add more.

      I’d really like to figure out a mathematical way to measure alcohol quality.

  • February 25, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Dollar Store Mouthwash is by far the cheapest.

  • April 21, 2017 at 2:41 am

    I downloaded this list. This is great info to have.

  • May 3, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Would you figure this out for 40 0z malt liquor please.

  • March 13, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    This is gold. I’ve talked about this with my friends, but never actually ran the math. I think everclear would be the most efficient form of alcohol.

    • March 27, 2018 at 1:10 am

      Looking to beat the highest Alcohol Per Dollar. If you can beat it with everclear or similar, I’d write another article on this topic with the findings.

      I’ll toss in the alcohol per dollar and formula to make moonshine 🙂


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