Starting from scratch or restocking your bar after a big party can seem overwhelming. You fight traffic to get the liquor store, there’s so many options. What do you really need in order to have a well-stocked bar that satisfies everyone’s cravings?
RULE #1 Stocking your bar is a marathon not a sprint. Start with what you are comfortable with and expand from there!
RULE #2 Don’t worry about impressing people with fancy labels or expensive options.
RULE #3 But there are some alcohol brands that are better for mixing, some that are better for sipping straight. We’ll give a good example of each below.
Now on to the basics:
Vodka for the classics
For mixing: Tito’s
For sipping: Ketel One
Feeling flavorful? Try Deep Eddy’s five flavored vodkas!
Gin for the fashionable and elegant
For mixing: Seagram’s
For sipping: Hendricks
Bourbon for the Southern gents and ladies
For mixing: Jack Daniels
For sipping: TX Blended Whiskey
Scotch for the ones who prefer something a little Scot
For sipping: Glenlivet 12 Year
If anyone mixes Scotch… They shouldn’t be invited back.
Tequila for margaritas… Duh
For mixing: Jose Cuervo Gold
For sipping: Patron Silver or Don Julio Reposado
Rum for the beach-goer in all of us
For mixing: Bacardi
For sipping: Plantation XO
Wine for the non-liquor lover
Always good to have on hand for those of us who prefer something grape. Keep a few bottles of red at your bar and a bottle of white and sparkling in the fridge.
- Domaine Carneros Brut
- Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
- Markham Cabernet Sauvignon
Specialties for the adventurous
This is optional for your first couple purchases, but as your bartending skills grow, you may feel the need to experiment a bit.
- Grand Marnier
- St Germain
- Club soda
- Ginger ale
- Margarita mix
- Lemons, limes and oranges
And the best part? You can do all this without even stepping foot in a liquor store. In the Sack can deliver the alcohol and the mixers you see above. Now that’s shopping smart.