Saturday, August 7, 2010

Stocking the Bar - The Basics - Booze

Photo by Edwin Land

Now that you have started your home bar, you want to make sure you have everything you need, booze-wise, to start making great cocktails!

Here's what you will need to keep in stock:
(best quality that you can afford)
Bourbon
Brandy
Gin
Irish Cream
Kahlua
Port
Rum - white
Rum - dark (or spiced)
Sake
Scotch
Tequila - gold
Tequila - white
Vodka (big bottle, keep cold)
Vermouth - dry white
Vermouth - sweet red
Whiskey
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a variety of beer; micro-brew, deep ales, pilsners and everyday drinking lager
a variety of red and white wines
Sparkling wine
Rosé and sparkling rosé
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Now that you have the essentials, it is nice to have some flavoured liquors and liqueurs.
You can make your own but it is good to have some store-bought on the shelves too, they last longer.

Look for:
Schnapps - peppermint, peach, and any other that tickle your fancy
Crème de cacao, crème de menthe, crème de banane....
Amaretto
Triple sec
Sherry
Fruit brandies - plum, apple, cherry, apricot..
Flavoured vodkas, gins and rums - there are millions out there
Sour liqueurs - the tang is caused by citric acid and makes for a fun, mouth puckering cocktail
And lots of other fun flavoured liqueurs - anise, cinnamon, caramel, all different fruits..

This is a big list, to be sure, but you don't have to do it all at once. Concentrate on assembling the basics to begin with, make sure that you have lots of fun non-alcoholic mixers, and pick up the supporting line of liquors and liqueurs bit by bit as you replenish the basics. Every week or so. (Kidding!)

Do you have any essentials to add to the list? Let me know in the comment section.

Cheers!

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