Overcome An Understocked Bar By Knowing How To Substitute

Overcome An Understocked Bar By Knowing How To Substitute

If you’re mixing up some cocktails at home, but you’re missing one of the ingredients, chances are you can still make something tasty with whatever you have to work with. The key is knowing what works as a good substitute.

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Michael Dietsch at Serious Eats put together an impressive guide on finding substitutes for specific ingredients, or entire cocktails. Here’s a taste:

If you don’t have dry vermouth, try:

  • dry sherry
  • Lillet Blanc
  • Cocchi Americano

If you don’t have triple sec, try:

  • maraschino
  • cherry liqueur
  • pomegranate liqueur
  • a floral liqueur such as St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • a spicy liqueur such as Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

He also points out that some drinks like an Old Fashioned can be made with just about any liquor: the other ingredients are more important in getting the right flavour. If stocking a full bar isn’t an option for you, the post is well worth a read.

Cocktails From a Low-Stocked Bar: A Guide to Substitutions [Serious Eats]