Everything You Need To Stock Your First Home Bar

If you want the perfect home bar for hosting parties and mixing cocktails, these essentials will cover all the bases.

In this video from the Cocktail Chemistry YouTube channel, you'll learn about the basic liquors and other ingredients required for a full service bar.

To get started with your own, you need bourbon, rye, vodka, tequila and two different types of rum. You also should pick up different types of vermouth and bitters, as well as an Apéritif, like Campari, Aperol, or Cynar.

You can find a complete shopping list of these items at the Cocktail Chemistry web site. With these items you'll be able to mix almost every classic cocktail to please your guests, but if you want more options, you can always pick up a few other popular mixers.

Getting Started - Stocking Your First Bar [YouTube]


    Unsurprisingly American slant with rye whisky and bourbon both included.

    TBH, quite a few of the suggestions aren't really necessary to make a start. A lot of cocktails can be made from the main base spirits (vodka, gin, white rum and a blended whiskey) in combination with various juices/soft drinks. Quality isn't crucial as most people won't be able to tell the difference once mixers are added.

    We have a reasonable range of other things at home, but mostly it's to cater to personal tastes. Otherwise, it's difficult to anticipate what guests might want and risk buying things that rarely-never get used.

    Though one good Aus-centric suggestion did appear - Angostura bitters. The designated drivers will probably appreciate a LLB.

    And don't forget some beer and wine for those who don't like spirits or cocktails.

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