Are you tired of paying way too much for mixed drinks in bars? Do you like mixing your own drinks, but aren’t sure what you need to keep on hand? You’re in luck, because I love making my own drinks, and maintain a home bar. I’m also cheap AF. Let’s get started!
Liquor: Vodka, rum, tequila, gin, and whiskey
Liqueurs: Triple sec, kahlua, Irish cream, peach schnapps, blue curacao, and bitters
Mix-ins: Lime juice, lemon juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, lemon-lime soda, dark soda, grapefruit juice/soda, pineapple juice, tonic water/club soda, red bull, grenadine, and simple syrup.
Liquors are the base of any bar. I would recommend at least one kind of vodka, gin, rum (I prefer white rum), tequila (I prefer silver over gold), and whiskey. Whiskey isn’t my thing, so I don’t keep it around myself, but even if you don’t like something straight, you might enjoy it in cocktails, so I would still recommend getting one of everything when you’re starting out.
Liqueurs are almost as important. They make cocktails really come together. Triple sec is in a lot of cocktails, as are kahlua, Irish cream, and peach schnapps. If you like fruity tropical drinks you want blue Curacao. It’s not really a liqueur, but bitters are used in a lot of cocktails, especially whiskey cocktails.
Juices, sodas, non alcoholic essentials include: lime juice, cranberry juice, orange juice, lemon lime soda (Sprite or Sierra mist), dark soda (cola or Dr. Pepper), club soda, grenadine, and simple syrup. Others include grapefruit juice or soda, pineapple juice, sweet and sour mix (you can make your own though!), lemon juice, red bull.
With these ingredients you can make basic, classic cocktails like margaritas, cosmos, old fashioneds, gimlets, and many more! Always keep in mind that this is your bar. If you don’t like gin, don’t buy gin. If you love rum, get three different kinds of rum. The best part about your bar is it’s tailored to you: to your tastes, preferences, and budget.
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