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Home bar staples ... new to mixing drinks, how well am I set up?


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Hey there,


for a long time I had the wish to set up a (very) small home bar and finally -thanks to Amazon's Black Friday sale, Christmas, my birthday and some free time- got around to kick things off.

I would now like to get some feedback on my spirits of choice (most of them were aquired for up to 25-50% off or are old presents) as well as some suggestions on what to get next.

For the most part, I followed the "12 bottle bar" guide... thus the odd Genever, but I am still trying out different drinks here and there to really figure out what I like.

Also, if there are better alternatives to the spirits I got, please feel free to tell me.


Brandy - Remy Martin

Gin - Bombay Sapphire

Genever - Bols Amsterdam

Amber Rum - Plantation Barbados 5

White Rum - Flor de Cana 4 Extra Dry

Rye Whiskey - Rittenhouse

Bourbon Whiskey - Buffalo Trace
Blended Scotch Whisky - Johnnie Walker Gold
Vodka - Absolut

Tequila - Patron Reposado
Orange Liqueur - Cointreau
Dry & Sweet Vermouth - Noilly Prat & Martini Rosso
Aromatic & Orange Bitters - Angostura & Regan's







Grenadine - Bols


Jägermeister (obligatory, I guess... I'm from Germany)

Wu Liang Ye (Chinese Baijiu, gf is from China so there's always some of that stuff around)



Thanks in advance.




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Did you see the following discussion on eGullet? There are a lot of suggestions that may be helpful to you, including a critique of the selections from the 12 Bottle Bar book.



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