The Pour - Taking Stock
With spring, thoughts turn to entertaining and stocking the perfect bar.
As the weather turns warmer, thoughts inevitably turn toward enjoying outdoor grilling and dinner parties featuring your own home-grown produce or that from a local farmer’s market. But to entertain well, it’s also important as a host to be prepared for guests’ cocktail requests and many occasions call for more than just a case of beer (hopefully). Stocking your home bar need not be random or elaborate, as long as you have the standard bases covered.
Liquors: Vodka, rum, whiskey, tequila, bourbon, Scotch. Go for the baseline premium brands like Absolut or Skyy for vodka, Jack Daniels whiskey and Jim Beam bourbon, for example. Consider, though, perhaps one higher-end option like a Sauza Comemerativo or nicely aged Scotch for the sipping crowd.
Liqueurs: Among myriad options, a peach schnapps and perhaps a melon variety; an orange liqueur like Triple Sec or Grand Marnier; Crème De Menthe, Cacao and Banana; a flavor or two of brandy; Kahlua; Frangelica and Chambord, should be more than adequate.Beer and Wine: Red and white wines should suffice, and a mix of domestic and imported beers and light beers should keep guests happy.
Mixers: Cola and diet cola; Sprite/7 Up; ginger ale, tonic water and club soda; orange, cranberry, pineapple and grapefruit juices; and possibly bar mixes like sweet and sour and a Bloody Mary mix.