As for bourbon, it's pretty amazing living in the south. There is so much quality bourbon that's at a bargain price.
I cannot say enough good things about Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch. For less than $15 for a 750, you will not find a higher quality bourbon. Period. This stuff should easily be +$30.
Very Old Barton is also quality stuff.
Old Forrester is good for the money ~$17.
My standby is plain old Evan Williams black label. I'll buy this above pretty much any other bourbon because of the price to quality ratio. It is complex enough to sip, but cheap enough that you don't feel bad about mixing it. All in all, it is extremely solid and often overlooked.
Something that comes highly recommended to me is Ancient Ancient Age 10 Year bourbon. It's sub ~$20 and supposedly has the complexity of a $50 small batch. Too bad I can't find it in Nashville.