Cheap liquor in expensive bottles equals more profit

Brand name, top-shelf or call liquor can be expensive.

Fake that booze with a funnel:
illegal tool of the trade for liquor establishments.

Here's what the U.S. Federal government says:
"Refilling or reusing liquor bottles - Any retail dealer, or agent or employee of such dealer, who refills any liquor bottle with distilled spirits, or who reuses any liquor bottle by adding distilled spirits or any substance (including water) to the original contents is subject to a fine of not more than $1000 or imprisonment for not more than 1 year, or both."
Bars and restaurants can save money by refilling their expensive bottles of liquor with cheap booze. Most people can't tell, especially if the alcohol's in a mixed drink.

There's a federal law that prohibits, except for special circumstances, a retail establishment from even possessing used liquor bottles.

The agents of the law assigned to find liquor cheats can't tell by tasting whether a bottled booze is cheap or expensive, so they look instead for evidence of fraud: old bottles that are sticky, overfilled bottles, or funnels.

(But some of the cheaper, more alcohol-dependent customers are fighting back:)

The bootlegger mini liquor bottle hider
Miami's refilled liquor bottle secret, Miami New Times>>
From the U.S. Government's Tax and Trade Bureau>>
Buy the above funnel to refill your liquor bottles>>

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