Necessary Supplies for Your Bar


Bartending, even at home, requires lots of supplies, mixers, and garnishes. In addition to beer, wine, liquors, and liqueurs, a decent home bar should have the following supplies if you plan on serving cocktails. You need one bottle of the following mixers for every five guests: Cola or diet cola Lime juice Cranberry juice Orange juice Ginger ale Pineapple juice Grapefruit juice Seltzer water or club soda Lemon juice or lemon mix Tomato juice Lemon-Lime soda Tonic water   You also need these fruits, garnishes, and seasonings: Lemon twists Angostura bitters Lime and lemon wedges Salt and pepper Maraschino cherries Superfine sugar Olives Tabasco sauce Orange slices Worcestershire sauce
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A Basic Bar Setup for a Limited Budget


Setting up a home bar can become quite costly. The variety of liquors available today is mind-boggling. How do you pare down your shopping list to the essentials? Some bartenders might scoff at the idea of not having both American and Canadian whiskey in a bar. And do you really need both dry and sweet vermouth? The options can be overwhelming. For simple entertaining, even if you're on a limited budget, start with the following items:  One 750 ml bottle of gin One 750 ml bottle of whiskey (Bourbon, Canadian, etc.) One 750 ml bottle of rum One 750 ml bottle of white domestic wine One 750 ml bottle of tequila One 750 ml bottle of red domestic wine One 750 ml bottle of vodka Twelve 12-oz. bottles of beer (domestic or imported)   Three 750 ml bottles of the liqueurs and cordials of your choice (such as Irish cream,...
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