Stocking a Home Bar for Beginners
So you want to make cocktails at home... but don’t know what bottles or supplies to get?
Keep in mind the way you stock your home bar is pretty subjective and will depend on your own personal preferences (if you haven’t read it yet, check out 3 Tips for Stocking a Home Bar on a Budget). I often favor some sort of whiskey or mezcal cocktail, so my collection has a pretty solid selection of different whiskey and agave spirits. I’m not the biggest gin fan, so that’s a smaller corner of my liquor cabinet.
If you start with the bottles below you'll have a well-rounded bar set-up that will allow you to create a majority of popular cocktails. I tried to select the products that are most reasonably priced and most widely available. If you have specific questions about a brand or product, feel free to hit me up in the comments and I’ll do my best to help you out.
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Laphroaig 10 year (single malt)
Monkey Shoulder (blended)
Appleton Estate Signature Blend
Wray & Nephew White Overproof
Goslings Black Seal
Smith & Cross
Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila
Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
Bonded Laird's Apple Brandy
Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac
Cointreau (Triple Sec)
Campari / Aperol
Dolin Dry Vermouth
Dolin Rouge Vermouth
Dolin Blanc Vermouth