I've got a couple of baking recipes (cakes, puddings, etc.) that require different types of alcohol and I was wondering if anyone out there might have recommendations on the best brand to use. I'm looking for the best in brandy or cognac, bourbon, calvados (or other apple brandy?), kirsch, and rum. Any suggestions? I'd like to go as 'on the cheap' as possible without sacrificing too much in the quality department. Basically, what are my options? While I want quality, I can't afford a $100 bottle of booze for baking at this point.
Also, if there's an online purveyor for the calvados or kirsch that you'd recommend, I'd greatly appreciate it. I can't find either in any form anywhere locally.
Thanks in advance for any help!