Guide to Stocking Your Bar
No home bar is complete without liquors, spirits, beer and wine, but there's more to a well-stocked bar than alcohol. Get our full list of garnishes, mixers, tools and glassware.
Rum (light and dark)
Whiskey (scotch and bourbon)
Wine (white, red and champagne)
Brandy and cognac
Fruit Juices and Coffee
Passion fruit juice
For coffee, dark roast types work best as a mixer.
Citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges)
Soft fruits (cherries, strawberries, apricots, peaches)
Fruit syrups (pineapple, peach, apricot, strawberry and banana)
Sirop de gomme
Old-Fashioned glasses or tumblers
Wineglasses (all shapes)
Heavy-based Collins glasses
Heavy-based Rocks glasses
Tulip-shaped champagne flutes
Essential for a classic martini
Doubles as a measuring spoon and a stir stick
Unless you're a walking encyclopedia of cocktail recipes
Keep your space clean
A must for mixing spirits
For when screw-top bottles annoy you
Don't even think about stirring every mixed drink.
It isn't always about style — ease of use is more important.
It should be large enough to be useful but small enough to store easily.
Definitely comes in handy for many cocktail recipes
To grate spices
Perfect for small gatherings, but think ice tub for anything bigger.
Normal ice cubes are too big for most cocktails.
Ice, Ice Tongs and Scoop
This is a must if you can't measure liquids accurately.
Look for one that is easy to use.
Beats using a wet paper towel
For those best-stirred-and-not-shaken drinks
Don't play the guessing game.
Make sure it's long enough.
Napkins and Coasters
Useful for soaking up weepy drinks
For cutting fruit garnishes
Rubber Spill Mat
Sure makes cleaning up a bit easier
Don't do with your hands what you can do with a nice strainer.
Go for a variety in size, color and shape.