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Stocking a Home Bar
Well-stocked bar allows you to mix cocktails more efficiently for your special occasions. Start with the base spirits such as vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, tequila, brandy and Scotch. Stock your bar with 750ml bottles. If you are having a party and know that you'll be serving a particular base spirits, buy larger 1 liter bottles.

Having a small refrigerator in your home bar is handy for storing ingredients and cooling liquids. For barware information, click here. For glassware, click here.

Base Spirits:
Bourbon
Canadian Whisky
Scotch Whisky (Blended and Single Malt)
Irish Whiskey
Vodka
Gin
Rum (Light & Dark)
Tequila (Silver, Reposado and Anejo)
Brandy (Cognac and Armagnac)
Cachaca
Champagne

Liqueurs:
Vermouth (Sweet & Dry)
Curacao (White & Blue)
Orange flavored liqueur (such as Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Triple Sec)
Creme de Menthe (White & Green)
Creme de Cacao (White & Dark)
Creme de Cassis
Chocolate flavored liqueur
Midori
Campari
Flavored brandies (Apricot, Blackberry, Cherry)
Amaretto
Anisette
Benedictine
Coffee liqueur (such as Kahlua, Tia Maria etc)
Sambuca
B&B
Peach Schnapps
Irish cream liqueur (such as Bailey's)
Maraschino liqueur
Sloe Gin

Other Alcoholic Ingredients:
Rhum
Shochu
Sake
Wine (Red & White)
Eau de vie
Pisco

Garnish:
Cocktail olives
Lemon and lime
Maraschino cherry
Orange
Mint leaves
Strawberry
Raspberry
Pineapple
Cocktail onion
Celery stocks
How to make garnish

Mixers:
Lemon juice
Lime juice
Orange juice
Tomato juice
Pomegranate juice
Pineapple juice
Grapefruit juice
Cranberry juice
Apple juice
Grape juice
Peach nectar
Club soda
Tonic water
Cola
Ginger ale
Milk
Coffee
Coconut juice

Condiments:
Bitters
Simple syrup
Grenadine
Worcestershire sauce
Tabasco sauce
Superfine sugar
Salt
Ground black pepper
Eggs
Cream (heavy & light)
Nutmeg
Cinnamon


Related:
  • Making cocktail garnish
  • Bar measurements
  • Glassware Guide
  • Barware Guide


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