Stocking Your Bar

  SPIRITS

As you become a more experienced drinker, or home-bartender for your friends, you'll probably figure out exactly what types of liquor to keep in stock. However, if you stock your bar with a 1 liter bottle of the following spirits you should be able to make most of the drinks in this program.

  • An Assortment of Liqueurs
  • Bourbon
  • Brandy
  • Gin
  • Port
  • Rum (Light)
  • Rum (Dark)
  • Scotch
  • Sherry
  • Tequila
  • Vermouth (Sweet)
  • Vermouth (Dry)
  • Vodka
  • Red Wine
  • White Wine

  MIXERS

There's nothing worse than getting your tastebuds ready for a potent potable and then not having the appropriate mixer. Here is a listing of the most common mixers.
  • Water (or Mineral Water)
  • Tonic Water, Club Soda or Seltzer
  • Lemon/Lime Sodas
  • Sugar Syrup
The Juice Of The Following Fruits:
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Lime
  • Lemon
  • Cranberry
  • Tomato
  • Pineapple

  EXOTIC ADDITONS

Some tropical drinks require exotic ingredients. Here is a list of items you may want to stock to put the finishing touch on your creation. In additon to this list, it's not a bad idea to keep plenty of salt and peper, granualted sugar, and powdered sugar on hand.
  • Whipping Cream
  • Heavy Cream
  • Light Cream
  • Coconut Milk
  • Orange Flower Water
  • Grenadine
  • Orgeat Syrup (almond flavor syrup)
  • Papaya Juice
  • Passion Fruit Juice
  • Raspberry Syrup

  GARNISHING

The garnish can make the difference between
  • Coarse Salt
  • Pineapple
  • Cucumber
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Horseradish
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Mint Leaves
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Cassis
  • Bitters
  • Celery Stalks
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Olives
  • A Jar Of Cocktail Onions

  SUGAR SYRUP

Here's how to make sugar syrup (a.k.a simple syrup). In a large saucepan, gradually stir one pound of granulated sugar into 13 oz. of hot water.

ABOUT BITTERS

What are bitters? Bitters are a drink flavoring made from various organic materials (i.e. roots, bark, berries, and herbs). They come in several varieties, including: Angostura Bitters-A secret recipe from Trinidad. Abbot's Aged Bitters- Made in Baltimore, Maryland since 1865. Orange Bitters- Made from the dried peel of Seville oranges. Peychaud's Bitters- The New Orlean's special blend.

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