Monday, March 11, 2013

The 6 Essential Home Bar Liquors

So you want to play bartender at your next house party? Here's what to have on hand for a night of good times and great drinks...

1: Vodka



This one goes without saying, but Vodka should always be on hand for a range of drinks such as Vodka Tonics, Screwdrivers, Martinis, etc.


2: White Rum


An favorite for those who enjoy lighthearted and tropical drinks such as Daiquiris and Mojitos.


3: Gin



A lot of people overlook Gin as a home bar essential, as it's easy to substitute with Vodka. However, a well made Gin and Tonic, Tom Collins, or Gin Martini can sweep guests off their feet (If this actually happens, get them some water instead).

4: Bourbon



My personal favorite and always well stocked, Bourbon is the main ingredient of many timeless drinks, such as the Old Fashioned, Manhattan, or Whiskey Sour. Also to consider having on hand are Tennessee Whiskey and Irish Whiskey for use with mixers.


5: Tequila



For those who enjoy waking up in strange places, we suggest having Tequila on hand. Tequila can be found in Margaritas, Sunrises and Palomas. The best Tequilas are made from 100% Agave, so give the label a look the next time you buy.

6: Cognac



A sophisticated liquor, Cognac offers a rounded repertoire of drink options such as Sidecars, Brandy-Milk Punches, Daisies and Smashes.

So there you have it, check out these 6 liquors and commit a few recipes for each to memory. The next time you have the opportunity to play the role of bartender, you might even get tipped!

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