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How To Stock a Home Bar

Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:18 pm
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In these difficult financial times the best way to beat the high prices and still enjoy a wide range of bar beverages is to properly stock your own home bar. Whether you plan to have a party or just want to have the option to make a great drink every once in a while it is nice to have a nice supply of liquor, garnishes and mixers around to create anything you might expect from a bar.

First you need a good supply of hard liquor.

IngredientVolumeMassCostCalorie
Scotch Whisky, Blended (1 bottle) 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $19.91 1,616
Brandy, Generic 750 ml Bottle (1 bottle) 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $11.95 1,616
Vodka, Generic 750 ml Bottle (1 bottle) 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $7.97 1,616
Gin, Generic 750 ml Bottle (1 bottle) 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $7.97 1,616
Whiskey, American Generic (1 bottle) 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $9.96 1,616
Tequila, Light (1 bottle) 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $12.94 1,616
Rum, Generic, 750 ml (1 bottle) 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $7.97 1,616
Rum, Dark, Spiced (1 bottle) 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $12.94 1,616
Whiskey, Irish (1 bottle) 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $14.93 1,616

This list provides the general cost of the basic bottles you need for a well-stocked bar. We list the generic versions of the most common liquor you might want to have around. These are not meant for sipping. These generic liquors are meant for cocktails where the taste of any specific liquor is very diluted with ice and a mixer.

Drink Recipes

This is a list of some basic Liqueurs. This is by no means a complete list as there are new flavors and brands being created all the time. These are generic for the most part but we have found that the cheaper versions are really just as good as the name brands.

IngredientVolumeMassCostCalorie
Creme de Mure 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $19.91 2,601
Creme De Menthe 750 Milliliters 848.40 Grams $7.97 3,156
Creme de Fraise 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $19.91 2,601
Creme de Cassis 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $19.91 2,020
Creme de cacao 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $11.95 2,525
Cointreau 750 Milliliters 1,515.00 Grams $24.89 2,020
Coffee Liqueur, Generic 750 Milliliters 785.28 Grams $7.97 2,576
Blue Curacao, Generic 750 Milliliters 1,515.00 Grams $6.97 2,020
Amaretto 750 Milliliters 707.00 Grams $9.96 2,778
Triple Sec 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $11.95 2,273
Drambuie 750 Milliliters 25.25 Ounces $9.96 1,717

Mixers

Mixers are anything you mix with hard liquor to make a cocktail. The following list is by no means complete but should provide a good starting point.

  • Mineral Water
  • Cola
  • Club Soda
  • Ginger Ale
  • Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Tonic Water
  • Water
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Fresh Orange Juice
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Tomato Juice
  • Coconut Cream
  • Coconut Milk
  • Simple Sugar

Condiments

  • Bitters
  • Grenadine
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Coarse Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Orgeat Syrup ( almond-flavored syrup )
  • Horseradish
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Light Cream
  • Whipping Cream/Heavy Cream
  • Passion Fruit Syrup
  • Simple Sugar
  • Milk

Garnishes

  • Stuffed Olives
  • Cocktail Onions
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Celery
  • Pineapple
  • Bananas
  • Cucumber
  • Fresh Mint


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