Darren O'Manoney, 36, of Cavendish Road, admitted stealing two bottles of Baileys from B&M Stores in Skegness when he appeared before magistrates in Boston.
He was said to have gone into the store at 4.50pm on February 25 and taken a bottle which he passed to another male, and then took a second bottle which he put down his trousers.
Mitigating, Andrea Wilkes said O'Manoney had been homeless on his release from prison in 2019 but had acquired accommodation in January 2020.
She said he was afraid of losing that because he had no money to put into his electricity meter and had therefore stolen the bottles to sell.
The Probation Service said he had been doing well on his licence through the year and the offence reflected his circumstances at the time but not today.
The magistrates find him £80 and ordered him to pay £20 compensation and £85 in court costs.