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Help me be a better in-home bartender

Fat Guy

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Dale, I suck at making cocktails. I didn't grow up in a house where they were a part of life, I don't drink a lot of them, and my liquor cabinet is full of top-shelf stuff mostly unopened. When people come over and I offer them mixed drinks, I secretly hope they'll say no because I don't actually know how to make any mixed drinks and I don't actually have any mixers around. Can you help me devise a strategy for elevating my level of bartending? What's the bare minimum level of inventory and knowledge I need in order to be a good host?

Steven A. Shaw aka "Fat Guy"
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Dear Fat Guy,

Become famous for a drink at you house…I suggest you choose a drink with wide appeal like the margarita, people drink it all year round and it is only three ingredients. Practice the drink until you have it down cold and can make it in your sleep. Forever more parties at your house will be famous for that drink.

I don’t mean to imply that you should not stock a bar…you should have a regular bar especially of you entertain on a regular basis…here is a regular bar:HOME BAR

Liquor (one of each)


Vodka- hot brands: Belvedere, Kettle One

Gin- Beefeater, Tanqueray

Scotch- one blended, one malt


Sweet Vermouth- Italian

Dry Vermouth- French


Choose two:






Cinzano Bianco

Simple syrup

Equal parts sugar and water by volume. Shake ingredients vigorously in a cork bottle until all the sugar dissolves

White wine • Red wine

Flavorings and Condiments

Angostura Bitters



Worcestershire Sauce

Cocktail Olives

Cocktail onions



Orange juice

Grapefruit juice

Cranberry juice

Tomato juice



Cocktail spoon

Two part Boston Shaker Set (glass & metal)

Cocktail Strainer


Wine opener

Bottle/can opener


All purpose wine glass

Stem cocktail glass

Rocks glass

Highball glass

Brandy snifter

Fruits & Garnish





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