The liquor recommendations below are basic in their class that play well in mixed drinks.
Liquid Assets-6 Basic Bottles
1. Vodka—A pretty neutral spirit distilled from just about anything, including potatoes, beets, and grapes. Recommendation: Reyka
2. Gin—Never described as neutral, you know exactly where Gin stands, distilled from juniper berries it is a strong aromatic. Recommendation: Beefeater
3. Bourbon Whiskey—This one is American through and through, distilled from corn, most Bourbons come from Kentucky. Recommendation: Old Forester
4. Scotch Whiskey—To be called Scotch, it must hail from the land of Braveheart. Distilled from malted barley, many Scotches have a smoky taste. Mixing recommendation: Famous Grouse
5. Rum—Distilled from sugarcane, Rum is the base for many a tropical drink and most comfortable when shaded by a tiny umbrella. Recommendation: Plantation, 3-year
6. Tequila—Made from the Blue Agave plant, this spirit can make you do very embarrassing things. Recommendation: Olmeca Altos Plata
Plus a Few Add-On’s
· Dry Vermouth
· Sweet Vermouth
· Soda Water
· Tonic Water
· Clamato Juice
· Ginger Beer
· Soft Drinks
Yields These Dividends
· Bloody Mary
· Gin & Tonic
· Jungle Bird
· Lemon Drop
· Mint Julep
· Moscow Mule
· Old Fashioned
· Tequila & Tonic
· Tom Collins
· Vodka & Soda
· Whiskey Soda
· Whiskey Sour
1. Cart/Tray—Keep it all contained with Match’s Round Tray with Handles.
2. Jigger—Measure up with Match’s Jigger.
3. Shaker—Get it nice and cold with Juliska’s Graham Cocktail Shaker.
4. Mixing Glass & Stirrer—Or do it nice and easy with Match’s Martini Pitcher and Longer Stirrer.
5. Strainer—Don’t let it get watered down!
6. Ice Bucket with Tongs—Keep it cool with Juliska’s Florence Ice Bucket & Tongs.
1. Martini Glass--Perfect for the obvious Martini, Daiquiri or Sidecar. Try Juliska’s Carine Martini Glass.
2. Old Fashioned Glass--Ideal for a Manhattan, Whiskey Sour and a Gin & Tonic. You can’t miss with Simon Pearce’s Ascutney DOF or Match’s DOF.
3. Highball Glass—Well-suited for a Tom Collins or Bloody Mary. Look to Simon Pearce’s Ascutney Highball.