Top 10 Best Cheap Drinks to Order at a Bar

Top 10 Best Cheap Drinks to Order at a Bar

If you are planning a visit to a bar or restaurant, firstly look up at the menu online to get a clear picture of what you can afford and get ideas on what to order. Don't hesitate to ask a bartender if you have a question about the price, it's absolutely natural as you need to know in advance the probable amount of your check.

If you are low on cash, but still want to drink something refreshing, we made a list of cheap cocktails exactly for you.

Always drink responsibly and never drive after using alcohol. A taxi is cheaper than your life.



The Mojito is a pretty simple cocktail in concept, but deep in flavor. It’s made by smashing mint leaves to enhance the flavor and squeeze essential oils out. Blend that with a piece of lime, sugar, white rum, and add some ice and some soda. Mojito is one of the best refreshing cocktails for hot summer days. Unfortunately, it has one drawback - making this cocktail takes too much time and may make your barman hate you, especially when there is a long line of customers waiting for their booze.

Old Fashioned

Ordering a whisky on the rocks without diluting in other drinks is the best way to feel the whiskey flavor. But if you want more than a classic taste of Jack Daniel's, the Old Fashioned is what you need to order. This cocktail is made with four ingredients: whisky, sugar, water, and bitters. Ask the barmen to add crushed ice instead of a massive cube as it makes your cocktail go a bit further. You can always add some soda water if the whisky flavor is too strong.

Initially, this cocktail comes with a cube of sugar with a few drops of Angostura bitters. However, today many bartenders use the syrup in place of sugar as it dissolves better and turns to a crystal clear cocktail.

Moscow Mule

If you want to taste something strong and refreshing, Moscow Mule is what you need to try out. This is a mixture of vodka, ginger beer, and lime. Traditionally it is served in a copper mug to keep the drink cold. Aside from chilling your drink, the cooper mug keeps the beer fizzy for a long time.

This cocktail can be pretty budget-friendly, as the flavor of ginger beer hits the flavor of vodka; hence using a cheap vodka may save you money. Usually, this drink is served during a happy hour. Thus, you may get this inexpensive cocktail even cheaper once you time it out right. 

Rum and Coke

Drinking rum is a good option if you are looking for a cheap drink. Usually, the white rum is produced from molasses, that's why rum tastes like a sweet candy bar. You may also use aged rum that provides more complex flavors. But mixing some Coca-Cola with inexpensive rum may give you one of the cheapest drinks at the bar, and you won't be able to note the difference. The standard mixture of rum and Coke needs to be something between 1-1/5 and 1-2.

Note that Coke contains caffeine; thus, if you want to avoid drinking caffeine late at night, use soda, water, beer, or some juice as a mixer.

Seven and Seven

The Seven & Seven is a cocktail that will taste exactly the same wherever you order it. It contains only two ingredients: Seagram's 7 Crown Blended Whiskey and 7Up soda. Serving with crushed ice and garnished with a piece of lime, it creates an incredibly refreshing drink.

This is one of the affordable drinks that you can find at the bar, as blended whiskey contains only twenty percent of whiskey and will cost you a couple of bucks.


Margarita is a mixture of tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur served with salt on the edge of the glass. You don't have to add some fancy tequila, like Cincoro Anejo, to make your Margarita tasty; there are tons of inexpensive options you can choose. Many bartenders use commercial sours that contain additives and preservatives. But mixing up tequila with lime juice and simple syrup is the best version of classic margarita.


The cocktail Cosmopolitan, or also known as Cosmo, is one of the popular bar drinks ever. It's a cocktail made with vodka, orange liqueur cranberry juice, and sweetened lime juice. Usually, it serves up in a martini glass. This drink became incredibly popular due to the famous HBO's Sex in the City. If you want to make your drink more affordable, ask the barmen to add triple-sec instead of Cointreau.

Dark 'n Stormy

Dark 'n Stormy is an easy-to-make drink featuring dark rum, ginger beer, and lime. Traditionally, this cocktail is made with Gosling's Black Seal Rum that’s why it's also known as Bermuda's unofficial drink. Unlike white rum, the dark one is deeper and rich with flavor and tastes like caramel. If you are in the mood for stronger drinks, you can taste it on the rocks without adding anything.


Mimosa is a combination of champagne and fruit juice, especially orange juice. This cocktail is not famous for its low price, but it mainly depends on what kind of sparkling wine you use. If you want to save money, but taste this delicious drink, it's worth clarifying the brand of champagne. For example, Mimosa with inexpensive wines such as Prosecco or Cava may cost you great value.

Mimosa is usually served in nightclubs as a refreshing cocktail after a long night of dancing. Today it is one of the favorites for brunch.


This refreshing drink is made with rum, lime juice, and some sweeteners. The classic version of this cocktail is made with rum; hence it may be a budget-friendly drink as there is a great variety of rums. If you like sweet and tangy flavors, a daiquiri cocktail is what you need to order. Ask your bartender to serve daiquiri on the rock if you want to make your drink last longer.

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