I've started to reconsider how I stock my home bar. I'm no longer aiming to provide a variety of spirits, mixable into a panoply of cocktails. Instead, I've narrowed my focus on my very favorite drinks, but at the same time, I don't want the same version of those drinks every time.
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Every well-stocked home bar starts somewhere, and most start with a bottle or three of booze. If you're just getting started, you might be wondering how to...well, get started. Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to detail a couple of approaches you can take to provisioning your very own watering hole.
Last week, we got some expert tips on the best bourbon to buy for cocktails and sipping at home. But these days we often find ourselves reaching for rye-based cocktails instead; sometimes we're just not craving the sweetness of bourbon. So which rye should we buy for cocktails at home? As usual, our experts are full of advice.
In my dream world, I'd have a perfectly stocked home bar with every bottle from Aperol to Zwack. And most importantly, I'd have a great selection of whiskey. But those of us with limited space and limited funds must choose wisely. What's the best bourbon to buy for drinking at home? Is there an expert-approved affordable brand? I called up a few experts to get their advice.
Last week, we asked a few experts to help us choose a white rum to buy for the home bar. But of course, there's much more to rum than that, and the pros were pretty unanimous in the opinion that you need a few other types of rum for sipping and making cocktails. Here are their top picks in gold, overproof, and dark sipping rums.
When it comes to the home bar, I have to choose carefully, since I'm limited in both space and budget. So I decided to ask a few bartenders and spirits pros for their help picking the best bottles, one type of booze at a time. If you could only have one bottle of white rum at home, I asked, which would you want it to be?