Originally Posted by SlowRain
1. What basic equipment should
be in every home bar?
2. What basic ingredients should
be in every home bar (styles of rums too)?
Assume I have nothing and that I'm an idiot and have no idea about mixing drinks--which is true, by the way.
Im a bit late coming to this thread Ill tell you my experience:
1. Equipment can be extensive.
I started out & made do with what I had, added to it over time.
Something like this item would be great:
A knife, a chopping board & a few different types of glasses that you like would also be needed!
2. Booze can be expensive!
Originally Posted by MajinGohan
Buy everything you need for a Long Island Iced Tea...
Branch out from there according to what interests you, such as the rum and whiskey focus you mentioned
I agree, that's what I did - Vodka, Tequila, White Rum, Gin & Triple Sec.
I opted for reasonable named brands (Smirnoff, Jose Cuvero, Bacardi, Gordons & Cointreau) and they worked fine at this level. These are relatively cheap as well.
Add grenadine & simple syrup, you have a bar that can make quite a lot of drinks.
This was my 'lift off point
' not an end point - it only gets more complicated as you try find out more & try new combinations.
In the whiskey section of my home bar I have several bourbons, a couple of ryes along with absinthe, vermouths, plenty of bitters & bits! I second the comment about Canadian whiskey being sippable.
In the rum & tiki section of my home bar I have about a dozen types of rum with different bottles of each style accompanied by falernum, orgeat, pimento dram, cinnamon syrup, pernod, etc etc!
If you are short on space I would recommend adding things you know you like. Try going to bars & talking to a friendly barman about what he puts in to a cocktail you like the sound of