The Five Home Bar Essentials That Can Make Nearly Any Drink

If you purchased everything in the local bottle shop, you’d spend a fortune (and be suspected of incipient alcoholism). What are the drinks you really need for a well put-assembled home bar?

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As a basic set of options for a home bar, we’d recommend:

  • Vodka
  • Rum
  • Whisky
  • Gin
  • Tequila

If you have a bottle of each of these and the appropriate mixers, you can make a large range of drinks. There are plenty of nuances even in these categories (dark versus light rum, different varieties of whisky), but it’s a solid place to start. If you’re looking to stock a bar, keep an eye on your local liquor store specials and add to your bar when there’s a good special on.

Got your own additions to the list? Tell us in the comments.