A well stocked home bar offers the promise of easy Sunday brunches, a moment of peace after work, pre-dinner aperitifs and post-dinner digestifs, a celebratory gesture, impromptu parties, and the elevation of a meal.
Good booze is pricey, so it can take time to build your bar bottle by bottle. With some dedication, eventually you will create an ever-evolving collection of spirits, bitters, syrups, and garnishes to play with each day. We pick up a special bottle or two with each paycheck – always keeping quality staples on hand, of course.
Here’s what you need
to stock a basic home bar:
Dry or Plymouth Style Gin
Brandy or Cognac
Light and Dark Rum
Sweet and Dry Vermouth
for a more than basic home bar:
Creme de Violette
Creme de Cacao
Other absolute essentials:
Fresh citrus fruit to press: Oranges, Lemons, Limes
Pickley things like onions, olives, dilly beans