The idea that a self proclaimed "home mixologist" doesn't know what to do with a bottle of "creme de esoteric" or even bought it without trying it or having an understanding of its flavour profile seems contradictory to me. "Tequila is only for margaritas and palomas" is also laughable. I'd say you're not trying hard enough at the mixology if this is as far as you get. I say this after having just batched a mix of repo tequila, cider vinegar, honey, soy and celery bitters that will be thrown with yellow bell pepper juice. It's Mexican street food in a glass (the chefs at the burger joint that opened opposite us love it. Umami is on trend, you know) and yes maybe it's a bit like a margarita once all you're left with sweet and sour, but isn't everything? If my favourite spirits were gin and rye (they are) I would say I wouldn't stock genever and instead I'd have fun mixologying my own. In fact, I can't really name many decent genever drinks actually. Yeah I could consult my Jerry Thomas guide for inspiration, or I could put some drinks on my menu with a spirit people recognise and enjoy, like tequila. Lastly, if I give you a bottle of vodka and some time, you can make me liqueurs? Okay, make me a bottle of Chartreuse please: I have a regular who has drunk three bottles neat since we met him in June. And facetiousness aside, why not make infusions with a good light rum? We have two vodka cocktails on our bar and they are both infused, however it's more for the sake of the guests who don't drink anything other than vodka, not us. If I were a "home mixologist" I'd make myself a superlative version with a nice white rum. Tl;dr The article and the ideas within seem somewhat contradictory to me, even given the home bar principle.