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What's in a well stocked home bar?

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  1. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Looking for suggestions of not only the kinds of liquors, but the brands too... top shelf stuff, not a buch of cheap crap.

    My stash has been consumed and I need to replenish it so I am looking to expand my horizons.




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    Ordinarily I stock what I like to drink, then purchase party liquor as needed. But if you want to cover your bases, I think the basics are gin, vodka, tequila, rum and something from the bourbon/scotch/whiskey family, along with triple sec or cointreau, vermouth, maybe some bitters, a cocktail book, and a bunch of non-alcoholic mixers like tonic water, OJ, cranberry, etc.

    As for brands, you can figure out what's good pretty easily. For gin I like the Old Potrero brand made by the anchor brewery here in SF, either that or Bombay Sapphire or Tanquery 10. For tequila you need something that is 100% agave or your tequila aficienados will be justifiably offended. That means no Cuervo gold (sugar piss). Hornitos is the bare minimum but Herradura silver is better and fine for mixing in margs, but if you are sipping or doing shots go for something like El Tesoro, Don Julio, Pueblo Viejo, or (my personal fave right now) Patron.
     
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    Kettle One or Grey Goose
    Glen Morangie (portwood finish)
    Bombay Saphire
    Jack Daniels
    Sauza Silver
    Triple Sec
    Baileys
    Kaluah
    Bacardi (silver)
     
  4. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    How about substuting JD for this:

     
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    pnj Turbo Monkey till the fat lady sings

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    we have a bar in the basement.

    I never buy booze for it though, as I'm a beer drinker. so when we have partys, we let the guests buy booze..:) it all gets drank at the party usually. we can put booze away.... and whatever is left over, gets drank by me at a later date when i'm too lazy to walk to the store.
     
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    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    In my opinion, beer isn't even in the same class as good liquor.
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Blech.

    Beer and wine. Liquor in a margarita occasionally.
     
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    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    You've got altitude boy!
     
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    pnj Turbo Monkey till the fat lady sings

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    what beer vs. what liquor?

    i will agree with you somewhat though.

    you definitly can't compare budweiser/miller/coors to a ten year old scotch.

    however, I like staying out of jail, and beer seems to help w/ that. me and liquor don't mix. er, we mix just fine, it's me/liquor and other people that don't mix.:)
     
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    Popov vodka = Miller/coors/bud

    a nice belgain beer = high quality liquer
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Yes you can. All those belong in the toilet. :p
     
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    All fixed! :D
     
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    pnj Turbo Monkey till the fat lady sings

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    they get there eventually....:D (for the record, i don't drink coors.... :nuts: )
     
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    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    gayest fix evah!
     
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    don't forget grand marnier.

    i love that stuff. i should have gotten a big bottle dutyfree when i had the chance.
     
  17. Silver

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    Hmm...I'd line it up like this:

    Grey Goose
    Pampero Aniversario Rum
    Glenmorangie (Whatever finish you like)
    Evan Williams Single Barrel, the Woodford, or Bookers
    Triple Sec
    Grand Marnier
    Kahlua

    For the people who like mixing I'd keep around a bottle of Evan Williams black (better than JD, and cheaper) and a bottle or two of Stoli (Smirnoff if you want to cheap out there, and why not?) and a bottle of Appleton's.

    Tequila and gin I can't help you with, but you need those too. Mixers, a bottle of simple syrup and some Ouzo or Zambuca or whatever niche bottle floats your boat. Vermouth as well, but you're the martini kid.

    Your beer opinion sucks, but you aren't living in a beer hotbed. Would you say bread sucked because you didn't like eating a loaf of Wonder bread? :D
     
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    It really depends on whether you’ll be making a large variety of drinks or those that just you enjoy. For parties, you’ll probably want to plan on the variety and maybe even list what you have on hand or are able to make.

    I personally drink most of my drinks on the rocks so I don’t have a ton of mixers or garnishes on hand daily…but I get them for parties. I would also suggest having 2-tiers (everyday/mixer and top shelf) of the basic 6 (vodka, gin, scotch, bourbon, rum and tequila) to start and then expand from there. Some suggestions:

    Vodka - Grey Goose and for mixing Smirnoff, Stolichnaya, Kettle 1, Absolut or Sky (Absolut Pepper is good for Bloody Marys). Also, Luskowoska (I have no idea how to spell it, but it’s a potato vodka that’s quite tasty on the rocks)
    Gin - Bombay Sapphire or Tanquery
    Scotch - Johnny Walker, Dewars, Glenlivet or Glenffedich
    Bourbon - Jack Daniels, Woodford, Bookers, Bakers, Knob Creek, etc.
    Rum - (light and dark) Myers Dark & Bacardi light, Bacardi Limon, Captain Morgan’s and maybe even some Malibu
    Tequila – Cuervo, 1800, Monte Alban
    Irish Whiskey - Jameson
    Blended Whiskeys (primarily for mixing) - Crown Royal, Seagrams 7 or Canadian Club
    Kahlua Especial or Starbucks
    Bailey’s Irish Crème
    Triple Sec
    Slow gin
    Sambuca
    Jägermeister
    Perhaps a Sherry and Congac

    Cremes and Cordials: crème de Menthe, crème de cacao, blue curacao, peppermint schnapps, peach schnapps, flavored brandy’s, amaretto, Grand Marnier, Drambuie

    Beer – a few varieties
    Wine – white and red (maybe even a blush and a good bottle of port)

    Mixers: OJ, tonic, club soda, coke, ginger ale, 7-up, water, milk, lime juice, lemon juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, bloody mary mix (or tomato juice, Worchester, Tabasco, horseradish and even clamato juice), margarita mix, vermouth (sweet & dry), bitters, sour mix, grenadine. You may also want strawberry daiquiri mix & whipped cream.

    Garnishes: lemons, limes, oranges, maraschino cherries, celery, olives, cocktail onions, salt and sugar

    Obviously you know what you like to drink and what your guests will like to drink so plan from there.
     
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    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Tonite's liquor store purchases include:

    Patron Silver
    Godiva Chocolate liquor
    Iceburg vodka
    Skyy vodka
    Kaluha
    Frangelico
    Old Bushmills Irish Creme
     
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    Why'd you ask for recommendations and then ignore them all? :D

    Skyy? :(
     
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    Or, Knob Creek, or Makers Mark. Never have been a fan of JD, IMO.