It’s almost the weekend – good news for all of you, not so much for me! Our vacation flew by! Since the weekend is close, I’m sharing the perfect post from my friend Sheryl from How to Make a Life. Doesn’t the weekend call for cocktails?! Sheryl’s a fellow-Kentuckian and someone I’m lucky enough to have met in person! She’s such a positive force in the blog (and real) world. If you’re looking for tips on self-care (something we all need to practice), Sheryl is your gal.
Hello Everyone! I’m Sheryl from How To Make A Life and As Lindsay enjoys some much needed vacation time, I’m happy to be guest posting today.
As many of you know, Lindsay and I hail from Kentucky – Bourbon Country, where there are more bourbon barrels than people. For many in Kentucky, bourbon is the only drink of choice but a well stocked bar contains much more. If one is entertaining, it is always helpful to have several options to offer guests.
Today I wanted to share suggested items for a well stocked bar.
- A Cocktail Book – Purchase a book that has recipes for your favorite drinks and others you would like to try. This is a great way to become more knowledgeable.
- Vodka – One can save on this by purchasing a less expensive brand. As I have a gluten allergy, I prefer potato vodka like Chopin.
- Gin – Gin is typically mixed and one doesn’t need to go high end. However, don’t go too cheap on purchasing gin.
- Bourbon – Please don’t purchase a less expensive bourbon. One will taste more burn than flavor with the less expensive and it’s worth paying a little more. I love Woodford Reserve and I know Lindsay loves Bulliet. My husband (the Bourbon connoisseur) suggests starting with Four Roses Small Batch.
- Rum – There is nothing like a good rum and there are many brands worth trying. I favor Appleton Rum from Jamaica but one can’t go wrong with Bacardi. It is best to have a light and dark rum.
- Tequila – Less expensive tequila will lead to a not so great morning. One is better off by purchasing 100% agave tequila. Try Petròn Silver.
- Whiskey/Scotch – To be honest, this is a spirit we don’t have on our bar. Consider Jack Daniels or Glenmorangie Single Malt.
- Club Soda or Tonic – Spluge on this as you will be mixing drinks and cheaper club sodas and tonics will become flat sooner.
- Beer – As beer has a shelf life, if you don’t drink beer, only purchase it when having a party.
- Wine – Good wine does not have to be expensive and there are many great wines under A$10. If you are entertaining, purchase a red and white.
Liqueurs:These add a secondary layer of flavor in many cocktails.
- Orange-based liqueur, such as Cointreau or Triple Sec
- Herb-based spirits, such as Campari or Chartreuse
- Sweet liqueurs, such as creme de cacao or Kahlua
Mixers and Garnishes.
- Bitters: used in Manhattans and other cocktails
- Olives: for dry martinis
- Lemons and limes: for all manner of drinks
- Maraschino or brandied cherries
- Grenadine: This pomegranate-colored (and traditionally, flavored) syrup is used in layered drinks
- Lime Juice:
- Sweet and Sour mix
- Ice bucket
- Ice scoop
- Lemon zester
- Cutting board
- Pairing knife
- Jigger measures
- Bottle opener
- Cocktail Shaker(s)
- Long-handled bar spoon
- Dump bucket
Have fun creating your bar and realize it can be personalized in any way that one likes. It can be on a fancy bar cart, shelf in a kitchen pantry or on the kitchen counter. Most importantly – Enjoy!
Do you have a well stocked bar?
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