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Mon Jul 6, 2020, 12:42 AM

I'm building a home bar for entertaining. Could use suggestions.

So far I have:

Spirits:

1 bottle Maker's Mark

1 bottle Beefeater gin

1 bottle Absolut vodka (unflavored)

1 bottle Bacardi gold rum

One small bottle each sweet and dry vermouth

1 bottle triple sec

Glassware:

Mixing glass (a standard pint glass)

Rocks glasses

Wine glasses

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Reply I'm building a home bar for entertaining. Could use suggestions. (Original post)
jmowreader Jul 6 OP
applegrove Jul 6 #1
TexasTowelie Jul 6 #2
Phoenix61 Jul 6 #5
zipplewrath Jul 6 #3
jmowreader Jul 6 #4
cayugafalls Jul 6 #8
lapfog_1 Jul 6 #6
cayugafalls Jul 6 #7
pfitz59 Jul 6 #11
TlalocW Jul 6 #9
Doreen Jul 6 #10
MrsMatt Jul 6 #12
Ohio Joe Jul 7 #15
Ahpook Jul 6 #13
Kali Jul 7 #14
wiggs Jul 7 #16
bluecollar2 Jul 8 #17
Hotler Jul 8 #18
NurseJackie Jul 8 #19

Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 12:45 AM

1. Gin gimlet powdered mix. Just kidding. My parents had it

and i used to eat it as a kid...it was the only sweet in the house. The powder was basicly powdered sugar and powdered lime. Probably why i liked whiskey sours when i was grown. Only at christmas though. My dad used to make them. Then i did when my dad got too old to juice the lemons. I didn't drink at that point so i would make sweet lemonade to taste and then add it 50/50 to the whiskey. It keeps for a long while. Easy drink to offer others. Pour it over ice.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 12:47 AM

2. Tequila and scotch. nt

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 01:26 AM

5. Espolon makes an amazing tequila.

Donít let the price fool you. Itís great.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 12:53 AM

3. More than Maker's

Irish whiskey, scotch, Canadian, something other than just Bourbon.

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 01:16 AM

4. I know Jameson's is a nice Irish whiskey...

...and I always liked Crown Royal for Canadian whiskey, but what is a good reliable single-malt Scotch for under $50 per bottle?

Also, there's a distillery in Spokane that makes a couple unique whiskeys: one has a mash bill of 100-percent triticale, the other is 100 percent soft white wheat. One of those might be an interesting selection.

Now...I know I need brandy and tequila. I have consumed quite a bit of brandy, but never Cognac. Is it worth the upgrade?

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 01:41 AM

8. Glenmorangie 10 year can be had for under $50

Glenfiddich is also another good single malt that is cost effective.

Having several whiskys is not a problem. People love them. I love whisky and still have quite a selection.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 01:35 AM

6. for the best conversation piece tequila





where fiction meets real world

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 01:36 AM

7. A few things that aren't necessary but I found that I acquired over time.

As for Whiskey, you have the Bourbon, but need a Scotch, either a Single malt or a blended.
Crown Royal or similar
Glenmorangie 10yr makes a nice first bottle of single malt, Glenfiddich will do in a pinch.

I kept both a blended and several single malts as I used to love single malts. I still have a good selection in my celler.

Some nice wine.

Wine opener
Martini Shaker or Bartenders kit.
Ice Bucket
Toothpicks (for olives and such)
The Bartenders Black Book (I never really used my copy that much, only on rare occasion for special drinks)
Beer Mugs
Cocktail olives
Cocktail onions
Limes
Lemons
Salt
Sugar

Mixers;
Club soda
Tonic water
Cola
Sprite or 7-up
Ginger ale
Orange juice
Cranberry juice
Tomato juice
Pineapple juice
Angostura bitters

Have fun putting it all together. Nothing has to happen overnight and some stuff makes nice gifts.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 03:38 AM

9. Put in a Slurpee machine

Or one of those Icee ones that make Coke slushes..

TlalocW

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 04:03 AM

10. Captain Morgans spiced rum.

Give your guests a choice of soda for those who want a rum and soda. Both Coke and Pepsi. Also 7UP. 7UP and spiced rum has a nice cream soda taste to it.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 04:49 PM

12. replace the Beefeaters

with Bombay Sapphire and ditch the Absolute for either Grey Goose, Vox, or an artisanal locally produced vodka.

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Response to MrsMatt (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 05:23 AM

15. I've been using Tito's handmade vodka

It's excellent and not real expensive.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2020, 10:46 PM

13. I've thought about the same thing

As we are remodeling our basement. It has a full wet bar, with fridge, cabs and glass shelves.

Not really concerned with liquor, but more about pool tables, foosball and vintage video game machines. One thought was a nice coffee machine/grinder. I'm not a connoisseur, but may get use.

Good luck

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 01:26 AM

14. tequila and cointreau if you ever want decent margaritas

kosher salt and limes, if you need it a little sweeter I have found agave syrup to be perfect but simple syrup works too

for tequila, any 100% agave is fine, even Cuervo Tradicional. I like Herradura myself and it is good for sipping or shots too. reposado is smoother than silver.
Cointreau is much better than various house brand triple secs and while there are pricier products, it stays my favorite, but it freaking costs more than tequila.


don't forget the mint for mmmmmmojitos

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2020, 11:02 PM

16. I'm finding Mezcal pairs with and enhances almost anything! Just had a nice sangria

spiked with Mezcal. There are wonderful Mezcal/Bourbon cocktails. Mezcal sours. Mezcal gimlets. Mezcal Last Word is sublime, instead of with Gin. Mezcal loves Chartreuse. Or just Mezcal with an ice cube. All good.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 12:32 AM

17. Another perspective

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:34 AM

18. Lots of marrichino cherry's nt

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 10:38 AM

19. Rose's lime juice. Bitters. St. Germain

Pouring spouts. Double-sided jigger. Strainer. Martini glasses. Cocktail straws.

You could go broke doing this, you know?

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