7 cheap cocktails for $7 or less

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Burned out on $14 cocktails? Me too, so I set out to find us some interesting budget-friendlier adult beverages that won’t break the bank.

Sure, you can find cheap well drinks, happy hour specials and daily drink deals at most bars, but I wanted to find true mixed cocktails (not just a shot or a cheap well + Coke) with an everyday, non-discounted price below $7.

Turns out it’s easier said than done in a town where fancy artisan craft cocktails are having a moment. In fact, I started this story at a $6 cap and ended up rolling it up a dollar because pickings were so slim.

But all hope is not lost. Here are my top picks for Charlotte cocktails priced $7 or less every day of the week. When all else fails, it’s vodka soda with a splash of pineapple for me. #basic

Sabor’s Paloma, $5.95

A simple and refreshing mix of house tequila, grapefruit soda and fresh lime juice. Not your thing? House margaritas and mojitos are also $5.95. Website

Pinky’s Westside Grill’s entire “Only 5 Bones” cocktail menu, $5

Pinky’s has an abundance of affordable cocktails at the $6 and under price point, including an entire $5 menu section. Website

Viva Chicken’s sangria, $5.75

The classic wine punch gets a tropical twist with a float over pureed mango. Website

 

Miguel’s small house margarita, $4

And that’s the standard everyday price. They’ve got even cheaper margarita specials Friday – Monday. Website

Cabo Fish Taco’s Caborita, $6

Cabo’s house margarita is made with Jose Cuervo Especial, triple sec, OJ and fresh house mix. Website

Vida Vida’s Brain Freeze Swirl, $6.95

A layered drink with half frozen sangria and half frozen margarita. Website

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NoDa Company Store’s daily sangria, $7

They’re always mixing up unique featured red and white sangria flavors, often utilizing local, in-season produce. Only $5 on Mondays. Website

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