Gallery: 25 DIY Cocktail Projects for Stocking Up Your Home Bar

  • DIY Allspice Dram

    DIY Allspice Dram

    Buying allspice dram costs about five times as much as making it, and it definitely isn't five times better. Get the recipe and more »

    Homemade Orange Bitters

    Homemade Orange Bitters

    Homemade bitters require a couple of obscure ingredients and a sense of adventure, but you'll be rewarded with a versatile cocktail ingredient that lasts for years. Get the recipe and more »

    Fresh Sour Mix

    Fresh Sour Mix

    Step away from the grocery store sour mix. This stuff is infinitely more delicious—and totally easy to make at home. Get started here »

    Homemade Ginger Liqueur

    Homemade Ginger Liqueur

    As easy as it is to buy a bottle of Canton, my recipe for DIY ginger liqueur takes only 20 minutes of work, and tastes just as delicious. Read more here »

    Homemade Grenadine

    Homemade Grenadine

    While there are a lot of fantastic small batch grenadines out there, it's so easy (and so cheap) to make your own that it's hardly worth paying shipping costs. Get the recipe and more »

    Make Your Own Pimm's

    Homemade Pimm's

    Got gin, sweet vermouth, and an orange? That's all you really need to make your own homemade Pimm's. Get started here »

    Homemade Elderflower Cordial

    Homemade Elderflower Cordial

    This nonalcoholic mixer is delicious in sparkling water (or Champagne.) If you like St. Germain, give this homemade cordial a try. Read more here »

    DIY Triple Sec

    DIY Triple Sec

    Your orange liqueur can be customized to match the spirit you're mixing with. Navel and bitter orange peels along with brandy and vodka make for a triple sec that will help balance your homemade cocktails. Read more here »

    Homemade Pear Liqueur

    Homemade Pear Liqueur

    My favorite homemade pear liqueur has a brandy base, but you can also make it with vodka or whiskey. Read more here »

    DIY Falernum

    DIY Falernum

    Falernum is essential to the Tiki cocktail cabinet, and you can make this sweetened lime and spice concoction easily at home. Read more here »

    Customized Coconut Rum

    Customized Coconut Rum

    Why drink fake coconut when you can easily put fresh coconut into your cocktails? Homemade coconut rum is fresh and just lightly sweet. Read more here »

    DIY Chocolate Liqueur

    DIY Chocolate Liqueur

    Is today an 80% cacao Madagascar dark chocolate day, or are you craving a Hershey's milk chocolate bar? Choose your chocolate and desired level of sweetness instead of leaving it up to mass produced, store-bought liqueurs. Get started here »

    Make Your Own Rhubarb Bitters

    Homemade Rhubarb Bitters

    It's rhubarb season, and maybe you're busy putting it in pies, but save a bit for these unusual bitters. Customize them with grapefruit peel and rose petals for a gentle, floral bitters, or use allspice or anise for something spicier. Read more here »

    Homemade Coffee Liqueur

    Homemade Coffee Liqueur

    A rich, full-flavored coffee liqueur (made with your favorite coffee beans) will beat out the syrupy alternatives, and you have the option of playing with the spirit base as well. Get the recipe »

    Make Your Own Amaro

    DIY Amaro

    If you adore Averna and you're a fan of Fernet, it's about time you experiment with making your own amaro. Our version is spiked with anise, sage, mint, rosemary, cloves, and gentian root for bitterness. Get the recipe and more »

    Homemade Tonic Water

    Homemade Tonic Water

    It takes a few hours to make your own tonic water, but it's fun to customize the flavor, add exotic ingredients, and adjust the sweetness to your taste. Get started here »

    Homemade Limoncello

    Homemade Limoncello

    Can you zest lemons and wait? If so, then you can make limoncello. Or make arancello from oranges, or pompelmocello from grapefruit. You can even make Buddhacello from Buddha's hand citron. Get started here »

    DIY Celery Bitters

    DIY Celery Bitters

    These savory bitters actually have a long history in cocktails, and can add a little umami to many different drinks. Read more here »

    Infused Spirits

    Infused Spirits

    Making your own better-than-storebought infused spirits is not some elaborate or expensive project. It's as easy as putting things in a jar, pouring booze on top, and waiting. Read more here »

    Creme de Menthe

    Creme de Menthe

    Forget about extracts—homemade creme de menthe tastes and smells like just-picked mint. Get the recipe and more »

    Homemade Irish Cream

    Homemade Irish Cream

    Like Baileys? Then you'll love your own richer, fresher homemade Irish cream. It's like the difference between a Chips Ahoy cookie and a freshly baked homemade chocolate chip cookie. Read more here »

    DIY Amaretto

    DIY Amaretto

    Class up your Amaretto Sour with this homemade liqueur. It's fun to create a personalized mix of nuts, spices, and fruit for an amaretto that tastes completely different than anything you can find in a store. Get the recipe and more »

    Homemade Spiced Rum

    Homemade Spiced Rum

    Many brands use spices to cover up inferior rum, or they just veer toward way-too-sweet. Make your own balanced and bold spiced rum with this recipe. Read more here »

    Homemade Raspberry Liqueur

    Homemade Raspberry Liqueur

    Make Your Own Orgeat

    Homemade Orgeat

    Orgeat is another tiki essential, and it's easy to make with freshly toasted almonds. Make it today, use it in a mai tai tomorrow. Get started here »