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How to Stock a Home Bar

Posted by Jennifer Harding, manager of Lunds and Byerly's Catering
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

We get a lot of questions when we’re out catering at a home about how to stock a bar or what to stock it with. Here are our rules when it comes to the perfect at home bar:

Rule #1: When stocking a home bar, make sure the spirits you choose are those that you enjoy! Otherwise, you will end up spending a fortune on items that just sit in your bar unused.

Rule #2: Start small! A basic bar includes gin, vodka, bourbon, scotch, tequila and rum. Basic mixers include club soda, tonic water, cola, Sprite or 7-Up, ginger ale, orange juice, cranberry juice, tomato juice, pineapple juice, and bitters. However, we recommend to limit the mixers to items that you already use (especially items with expiration dates) to avoid purchasing beverages that will simply go to waste, or have a “signature drink” at your party to help avoid this as well.

Add a few bottles of wine, your favorite beer and invite your friends over to test out your drink mixing skills!

We’ve included a fun drink recipe to spice up your evening:

The Manhattan
One of the oldest and finest cocktails

  • 2 oz. of whiskey
  • ½ oz. sweet vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes bitters
  • 1 maraschino cherry for garnish

Pour ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes and stir well.

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