Sweet Elixir: Stocking a Bar

Being prepared is critical in offering your guests a cocktail.  Many drinks (and guests) don't take kindly to substitution.  Having all of the right ingredients will surely make you look like a superstar.  Below I have outlined the basic necessities for any respectable bar setup.  What you do with it from there is up to you. 

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Things to consider:

A 750

mL

bottle of each should provide enough variety to create almost any drink.  For the record, a 750

mL

bottle should get you 15 - 17 drinks.  If you are having a party plan accordingly.

A 750

mL

bottle of wine should get you 5-6 glasses.

Have fresh ice on hand.  It should not

taste

like anything.

Buy a basic bar book if you don't already have one. 

I would be remiss if I didn't say... drink responsibly.

The Alcohol:

Gin

Vodka

Rum

Bourbon

Scotch

Tequila

Vermouth

Red and white wine

Assortment of liqueurs to suit your crowd (I have a real affinity for

Licor

43

if you are inviting me)

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Mixers to include:

Mineral water

Colas

Ginger ale

Club soda

Tonic water

Lemon/lime soda

Fresh fruit juices (

orangina

is always a hit!)

Other juices

Simple syrup * (simple recipe below)

Water

Garnishes:

cocktail onions

stuffed olives (

Mexican martinis

are perfect with the jalapeno stuffed ones)

lemons

limes

oranges

strawberries

celery stalks

mint leaves (you can grow more than you will ever need on your patio)

tabasco

sauce

worchestershire

sauce

maraschino cherries 

cucumber

pineapple

coarse salt

To make the simple syrup:

Stir one pound of granulated sugar into 13 ounces of hot water to make 16 ounces of syrup.

savour

... flavorful chemistry.