I must confess: I maintain a reasonably well-stocked bar. Because I like a variety of beverages and so do most of my family and friends. Even my mother appreciates a tidy and complete cabinet, as proven by her generous contribution of new wine glasses a couple years ago. Next time she’s here, I’m going to have to pour her a Shirley Temple or something, seeing how she’s Baptist and all. (Hi Mom!)
Anyway, here’s what you need to keep on hand:
- Vodka (I’m a fan of Tito’s Texas Vodka.)
- Gin (I actually have two: Bombay Sapphire and Hendricks.)
- Whiskey (You can never go wrong with Jack Daniels.)
- Bourbon (My father-in-law prefers Old Forester, so that’s what I buy.)
- Tequila (Oh, don’t get me started. I have maybe four bottles on hand: El Jimador for mixing, Patron for everything, Don Julio for sipping, and something else I can’t remember right now. But really, a bottle of Reposado will serve most occasions.)
- And of course white, red, and sparkling wines.
- And maybe beer, if you or someone you love is into that kinda thing.
Now that you have the essentials, no bar is complete without a selection of mixers that will work in generally any situation:
- Limes and Lemons
- Coke, Diet Coke, and Ginger Ale
- Tonic water
- Simple syrup (So easy to make at home. Dissolve 1 part sugar in 1 part boiling water. Cool and keep in the fridge.)
- Orange or Grapefruit juice
- Tomato juice or V8
With these ingredients, you’re prepared for pretty much everything or, at the very least, the common beverages most folks enjoy. Everything from gin & tonics to bloody marys to margaritas to French 75s. You’re a genius Baptist Bartender.
Now, you’ve got everything you need for a rockin’ party. Have fun!