Creating your Home Bar
Great cocktails require a great home bar. Here's a list of what you would need to do this at home and impress your guests.
I've been building out my bar for a while. I wanted to start my bar by having the bare minimum for spirits, mixers, and whatnot to be capable of the most common drinks with a few special cocktails thrown into the mix. These are some of my favorite, but obviously, it's all up to you on preference.
The Required Consumables
Evan William's Single Barrel, W.L. Weller Old Antique
Old Overholt, Buillet Rye
Monkey Shoulder, Talisker 10 yr.
Angel's Envy, Barrell Bourbon, Stagg Jr., Hancock's Presidents Reserve, Eagle Rare, Blanton's. Basil Hayden's, Leopold Bros. Small Batch
Rittenhouse Rye, Angel's Envy Rye, Sazarac Rye, WhisplePig Rye
Springbank, Talisker 18 yr, Ardburg Usquebak, Arren 16
Redbreast, Green Spot, Middleton
Yamazaki, Suntory Hakushu
"A perfect martini should be made by filling a glass with gin then waving it in the general direction of Italy." – Noël Coward
Plymouth, Tanqueray, Hendricks
St. George, Death's Door, Botanist
Leopold Bros. Small Batch American Gin, Colorado's KJ Wood Distiller's Djinn Gin
"Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy, and the lash." - Winston Churchill
Flor de Cana,
Appleton Estate, Gosling's Black Seal Rum
Ron Zacapa, Zaya Gran Reserva, Ron Diplomatica
"O tequila, savage water of sorcery, what confusion and mischief your sly, rebellious drops do generate." - Tom Robbins
Siembra Azul, Siete Leguas
Herradura, Don Abraham, Siete Leguas
Monte Lobos, Los Amantes
Ilegal Reposado, Del Maguey, Delirio Reposado, Las Danzantes
"The relationship with Russia and a bottle of vodka is almost mystical." - Richard Owen
A dry and sweet vermouth, tonic, bitters, and club soda make a basic set for many drinks, but look at the others for needed cocktails.
Small bottles of Carpano Antiqua Sweet Vermouth, Dry Vermouth (I like using Lillet Blanc instead). Keep refrigerated to last longer.
Angostura, Peychauds, Orange
Orange liqueur (Triple Sec or Cointreau), Absinthe (Leopold Bros. Absinthe Vert), Maraschino, Benedictine, Campari, Averna Amaro, Cherry Heering,
Tonic water, club soda, ginger ale, Coke, orange juice, cranberry juice, sugar cubes, ginger beer,
Bar Equipment and Supplies
4-6 heavy, 6 oz. glasses are perfect for the daily drinks
Some cocktail glasses for anything up. Ideally 4 oz. No larger than 5-6 oz but a cocktail is roughly 3 oz, so anything larger will warm up much too fast.
The perfect whiskey glass. Good for drinking neat.
Gotta have something for beer.
Always have wine glasses on hand. I'd go with a red wine glass if you don't want to differentiate.
A nice tall glass for a collins or other refreshing summer cocktail
The basic tools for making cocktails is a mixing glass or shaker, jigger for measuring pours, mixing spoon to stir, and a strainer. Most of this can come in bar sets.
Boston shaker, cocktail shaker, or a mixing
Either the hourglass type or a one like a mini measuring cup
Typically, people use a Hawthorn strainer but a Julep Strainer will work
A long, twisted metal spoon
A whine/bottle opener, muddler, citrus strainer (because fresh citrus is always better in a cocktail), absinthe spoon, ice bucket, whiskey stones.