Home Bar basics

Updated: Feb 29, 2020

A home bar is essential. Below is a basic home bar outline. It consists of the type and quantity of alcohol and mixers you should keep in stock for you and guests. I encourage you to use it as a guide. Add or subtract as you see fit.

Since this post is focused on basics, I will not cover garnishes, bitters, stone cubes, or anything that verges on the need for a mixology certificate. If at some point in the future I decide to add to some flare to the bar, you’ll be the first to know.

Basic Bar Set Up:

1 Liter of whiskey (bourbon my go to for an occasional night cap) - Buffalo Trace

1 Liter of vodka - Tito’s

1 fifth of whiskey - Woodford Reserve (another bourbon, when entertaining guests)

1 fifth of gin - Hendricks

1 fifth of scotch - Johnnie Walker Red Label

4 liters of club soda

4 liters of tonic

2 bottles of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blend)

1 bottle of white wine (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc)

6 pack of beer - St. Arnold Summer Pils


4 old fashion glasses

4 highball glasses

6 red wine glasses

6 white wine glasses


Bottle opener


Extra Credit:

Wine decanter

Large rubber ice cube mold

Lemons & limes (essential for the future Mrs. go to: Vodka soda with 2 limes)

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