Last year, we gave you a guide on how to update your home bar with new spirits and as the seasons change, so do the basic necessities. The types of spirits are the same; you should always be in possession of quality vodka, tequila, gin, rum and some brown spirits as well. But with new brands constantly being released on the market, it’s important to keep up with what basic spirits to have on hand, and what specialty bottles can be kept in house for that frequent mid-week fun cocktail. Did someone say Avion Espresso Liqueur?
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Having a solid vodka selection at all times is really important for the home bar, especially with the warm weather well on its way into our lives. I’m not of the school of thought that several different types of vodkas are needed; in fact having any more than two or three bottles is a bit excessive. Since these are your go-to vodkas, you’ll want them to be of the best quality, not only in terms of taste but also value. If spending $40 on a bottle of triple distilled vodka from France is your idea of the best vodka on the market, then by all means invest, but there have been a multitude of new vodkas released in the last year that are of superior quality for half the cost.
Three to Try:
Gin, to me, is the warm weather spirit. It’s refreshing, crispy and incredibly easy to mix with a bubbly soda, some ice cubes and a few wedges of fresh lemon or lime. In the last several years, gin has seen a renaissance of sorts, with new brands coming out that pay homage to the traditional London Dry style, but bring in some new flavors and styles as well. With gin, your best bet is to have one London Dry and one of these new modern-style expressions.
Two to Try:
No.3 London Dry Gin