Stocking a Home Bar 1.0

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Stocking a Home Bar 1.0 If you’re planning on entertaining, you’ll have to make sure you have a well stocked bar. It’s a given that you’ll be able to make any cocktail that anybody asks for, right? OK, you know that things have gotten out of control when a guest asks if you have rye whiskey, and then complains about your selection. Really?

Well, this holiday season when someone asks me for a drink, they’re not getting many options from me. The truth is that a well stocked bar can get by with a single bottle of each of the main types of spirits, though with whiskies in particular a little variety is a lovely thing. I outlined the tools you'll need to get your bar set for party season earlier and explored the various types of whiskies in this easy primer, so now onto the basics of bar-stocking booze.

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  • Snooth User: courgette
    124481 158

    "I never use brandy in a cocktail..."!!!!

    Greg, I gasped at that line! As your Christmas gift, I'm going to recommend that you try first the venerable SIDECAR (many variations on proportions, but I like 2 oz brandy, .5 oz Cointreau, .5 oz lemon juice); and then the classic STINGER-- incidentally, a perfect Yuletide drink, and ideal for any Mad Men-themed occasion: 2 oz brandy, .5 oz white creme de menthe. The Stinger was enormously popular in the 40's -60's, and then merely reliably popular in the 70's and into the 80's.

    These two cocktails justify the existence of blended brandies!

    Dec 25, 2010 at 1:16 PM

  • Snooth User: mannee
    83613 1

    I actually have a question I'm hoping somebody can help me out with. Do spirits have a shelf life? Can they go bad?

    Dec 26, 2010 at 11:11 PM

  • Non-sugared or non-scream-based spirits (vodka, rum, whiskey, scotch, etc.) don't have a shelf life and typically can be kept almost indefinitely.

    Dec 29, 2010 at 11:09 PM

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