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Stocking

Basic Bar | Advanced Bar
Common Mixers | Condiments and Garnishes

Stocking a home bar is totally a matter of personal preference, and that of your friends. That said, we'd like to offer a set of stocking templates that will allow you to make many drinks, and which you can customize to your own tastes.

Basic Bar

Liquors

A 750 ml. bottle of each will do.
  • Bourbon
  • Brandy
  • Rum
  • Scotch Whiskey
  • Canadian Whiskey
  • Dry Gin
  • Tequila
  • Vodka

Liqueurs

A small (375 ml.) bottle of each
  • Triple Sec
  • Creme de Menthe
  • Amaretto
  • Drambuie
  • Kahlua
  • Creme de Cacao
  • Benedictine
  • Cointreau

Others

  • 1 small bottle dry vermouth
  • six bottled regular beer
  • 2 bottles white wine
  • 1 bottle rose wine
  • 1 small bottle sweet vermouth
  • six bottled light beer
  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 1 bottle champagne
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Advanced Bar

The Advanced Bar includes all of the ingredients in the Basic Bar (with some substitutions) plus the following...

Liquors

A 750 ml. bottle of each will do.
  • Light Rum
  • Spiced Rum
  • Blended Scotch Whiskey
  • Tennessee Whiskey
  • Gold Tequila
  • Silver/White Tequila
  • Gold Rum
  • Dark Rum
  • V.S.O.P. Cognac
  • Dry English Gin
  • Pepper Vodka
  • Citrus Vodka

Liqueurs

A small (375 ml.) bottle of each
  • Framboise
  • Kirschwasser
  • Sambuca/Ouzo
  • Galliano
  • Plum or Cherry Brandy
  • Creme de Cassis
  • Peppermint Schnapps
  • Peach Schnapps

Others

  • 1 bottle Campari or Dubonnet
  • a good selection of red and white wines
  • 2 - 3 bottles champagne or sparkling wine
  • assorted imported or micro-brew beers.
  • 1 bottle Port
  • 1 bottle Cream Sherry
  • 1 bottle Madeira
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Common Mixers

Most drinks require the addition of non-alcoholic liquid ingredients known as mixers. Most of the common mixers are listed here

  • Bloody Mary Mix
  • Club Soda
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Light Cream
  • Milk
  • Cream of Coconut
  • Falernum
  • Orange Juice
  • Passion Fruit Juice
  • Pina Colada Mix
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Tonic Water
  • Coffee
  • Cola
  • Ginger Ale
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Seltzer
  • Sour Mix
  • Tomato Juice
  • Spring Water
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Condiments and Garnishes

These condiments and garnishes will allow the home bartender to serve any drink with style. Pick and choose from these to your taste. Spoilable items should be purchased and prepared just prior to entertaining to ensure freshness.
  • Ice (cubed, crushed, and shaved)
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Whipping / Heavy Cream
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Coarse Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Horseradish
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Simple Syrup
  • Orange Bitters
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Shaved Chocolate
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Orange Bitters
  • Stuffed Olives
  • Cocktail Olives
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Celery
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumber
  • Mint
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