Over the years, I've developed a list of go-to brands: fairly affordable bottles that don't disappoint and generally stay consistent from year to year. In most cases, these spirits all mix very well and taste great on their own, so they're not just good, they're versatile, too.
'home bar' on Serious Eats
You can't duplicate the experience of a professional a bar at home, but here are some design and organizational tips to help make throwing cocktail parties a bit easier.
A few weeks ago, we asked members of the Serious Eats community what's in their home bars. This week, we posed the same question to bartenders across the country. Here's what they had to say.
When I requested that all of you guys send us a snapshot of your home bar, I had no idea how awesome those photos would be. We've received photos from Virginia to Toronto to Adelaide, South Australia, and lots of places in between. You've built some pretty impressive bars, and stocked them with some pretty awesome booze collections. (Just for fun, we've included the bars of a few of our staff members, too, and some liquor bloggers and writer-types from around the web.)
We want to see your liquor cabinet, booze shelf, or closet collection of spirits, liqueurs, and other drink-making ingredients.
On an average night, most of us don't have time for complicated syrups or infusions. But what simple cocktails should we be trying out? We asked our gang of bartenders what straightforward drinks they recommend.
For some of us, the 'home bar' is a corner of the counter where there's half of a bottle of rum and a handle of gin that someone brought over during a party. But for others, collecting spirits is a hobby and a way to explore the world sip by sip. Whether you are the kind of host who can stir up a whole menu of cocktails or the type who might be able to offer guests a gin and tonic, we've been wondering how you organize your bottles.
From top left: Boston Shaker, Hawthorn Strainer, jigger, juicer, bar spoon, muddler, Libbey 3777. We've given you three cocktail recipes in our Mix it Up columns so far—but a fat lot of good they'll do if you don't have...