9/25/12

Building The Perfect Home Bar: The Spirits

I’ve been covering the topic of building the perfect home bar for a couple of weeks now. First we selected the foundation, now we’ve got to get the spirits. I’ve done lots of research on exactly what spirits a proper home bar should have, and mostly you’ll get the same results: Go out and buy a ton of booze! However, I’ve come to the conclusion that you should buy for the drinks you like and you should build slowly and let your bar grow.

I found that my approach to building the perfect bar, was similar to how we approach designing your home. A good bar should be curated to your taste. It shouldn’t be a boxed up version of what you think you should be drinking. Buy for what you like and what you’ll use. Oh, and make it stylish (we can’t forget that)…

So, I’ve decided to share my picks for my perfect home bar. I don’t love fruity or creamy drinks that are heavy on sugar. I prefer clean but complex cocktails that favor a citrus palette. I generally like clear liquor cocktails or a whiskey/bourbon cocktail, but that doesn’t mean I won’t whip up a hot rum or brandy drink on a brisk fall night. Based on my preferences, here’s how I built my bar:

THE SPIRITS

 

The Spirits Shopping List:

Vodka (Crystal Head Vodka pictured)

Gin

Bourbon Whiskey (Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey pictured)

Scotch Whiskey

Rum

Brandy

Tequila

Elderflower Liqueur (St Germain pictured)

Sweet Vermouth

Campari (Campari pictured)

 
 

THE MIXERS

The Mixers Shopping List:

Sparkling Water (Seagram’s pictured)

Club Soda

Champagne or Prosecco

Bitters (Angostura Bitters pictured)

Simple Syrup

Agave Nectar (Nature’s Agave pictured)

Grapefruit Concentrate

Flavored Soda (Dry Soda pictured)

Ginger Ale

Vanilla Extract

White Wine

 
 

THE GARNISHES

The Garnish Shopping List:

Lemons

Limes

Fresh Mint

Fresh Basil

Sea Salt

Pepper

Olives

Fresh Lavender

 

Like I said, don’t empty your pocketbook building your bar all at once! Decide what you like to drink, build a list from there, and build slow.

Coming up, I’ll help you outfit your bar with some modern barware & tools. Until then…

Cheers!

Featured image via Bo Bedre

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