The Bar

In the last few years, it’s become a pretty fun (and at times expensive) hobby to collect and start a home bar. And really, it’s taken years to get what I have now. Often times I get home bar envy and I dream of winning the lottery or a great scratch off so that I can have a shopping spree at the liquor warehouse. Dreams can come true…

When stocking your home bar (unless you’re like me), start off with the spirit you drink the most. From there you can try different makes for the same cocktail and really decide which ones you like the best and that can be your go-to. Then you can expand. Maybe if you read a liquor blog and get tasting profiles, or see something on tv or even Instagram and decide you want to try it, then you can go and get whatever it is you want to try and build from there. Even mini bottles will be cost effective when trying something new. Personally, I would like for my home bar to be a visual and functional work of art. I try to get as much as I can when I can and I keep my check list in my phone. I especially like to look for local products when  I’m out of town or something that I haven’t seen where I live that’s on my list. The only thing that can really slow your building process or possibly make it hard for you is cost. Alcohol gets pretty pricey so get something that you think is worth buying.

The Bitters craze has taken over the cocktail world. Originally created for medicinal use, there are hundreds of different flavors and Bitters too, can be costly. It’s almost overwhelming. Sometimes I feel like I need to throw a dash of Bitters in everything! But, like I said on the “Welcome Page”, there’s a certain confidence in simplicity and sometimes the best things are not complex or over crowded. For me, in North Carolina, Bitters can be hard to come by unless you order them online or make them yourself. I’ve done both. Now, it’s a little better. We’re catching on to the fast paced cocktail scene. If it’s hard for you to find Bitters (which it shouldn’t be now. They’re everywhere!), syrups, fresh fruit juice and zest are always a good boost of flavor. The flavor combinations for syrups are endless!

Here’s the run down on my Bar.

Vodka-

Skyy Vodka [Blood Orange]

Pinnacle Whipped Vodka

Pinnacle Whipped Vodka (Sponsored Post)

Pinnacle Pink Grapefruit (Sponsored Post)

Gray’s Peak Small Batch Vodka

Fair. Quinoa Vodka (Sponsored Post)

Belvedere

Belvedere [Lemon Tea]

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Ketel One [Blackberry-Rosemary Infused]

American Harvest Organic Spirits

Grey Goose Le Citron (Sponsored Post)

Rum-

Caña Brava Rum

Cruzan Aged Light Rum

Cruzan Aged Rum

Cruzan Black Strap

Appleton Estate V/X Jamaican Rum

Appleton Extra 12 year Rum

Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum

Rhum Barbancourt

Banks 7 Golden Age Rum (Sponsored Post)

Toasted Coconut Rum [Home Infusion]

Oronoco Rum

Mount Gay Barbados Rum

Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum

Myer’s Dark Rum

*The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

*Bacardi Superior White Rum

Ron Flor de Caña Extra Seco 4 Year Light Rum

Ron Flor de Caña 4 Year Aged Rum

Ron Flor de Caña 7 Year Aged Rum

Gosling’s Black Seal Rum [Chinese Five Spice Infused]

Plantation 3 Stars Rum

Plantation Barbados Rum 5 Year

Plantation Pineapple “Stiggins’ Fancy”

Plantation Original Dark Rum

Angostura 7 Year Rum

Diplomático Añejo Rum

Twenty Boat Hand-Crafted Cape Cod Spiced Rum (Sponsored Post)

Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum

*Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum

Gin-

Aviation American Gin (Sponsored Post)

Bluecoat Barrel Reserve Gin

Hendricks Gin

Tanqueray London Dry Gin

Beefeater London Dry Gin

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

Rutte Celery Gin (Sponsored Post)

Tequila-

Avion Reposado Tequila (Sponsored Post)

Avion Anejo Tequila (Sponsored Post)

Blue Nectar Tequila (Sponsored Post)

Hornitos Anejo Tequila

Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila (Spondored Post)

Hornitos Plata Tequila (Sponsored Post)

Sauza 901 Tequila (Sponsored Post)

El Espolon Blanco Tequila

Lunazul Blanco Tequila

Corzo Tequila Silver

Cazadores Blanco Tequila

Maestro Dobel  Tequila

El Jimador Reposado Tequila

Milagro Reposado Tequila

Monte Alban Mezcal

El Buho Mezcal (Sponsored Post)

Cognac/Brandy-

Pierre Ferrand Cru de Cognac

Martell VS Cognac

Paul Masson Brandy

Hennessy Black Cognac

D’usse Cognac

*Courvoisier Cognac

*Strawberry Cognac [Home Infusion]

Whiskey/Scotch-

Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Select Bourbon Whiskey

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

Roasted Pecan Bourbon [Home Infusion]

Buffalo Trace White Dog [Mash #1]

*Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Old Weller Antique 107 Bourbon

Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon Whiskey

Larceny Bourbon [Brown Butter Washed]

*Wild Turkey 81

Wild Turkey 101 [Cherry-Vanilla]

Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon Whiskey

Wild Turkey Rye

TINCUP Whiskey (Sponsored Post)

Stranahan’s  Colorado Whiskey

Bulleit Bourbon

George Dickel No. 8 Tennessee Whiskey

George Dickel White Corn Whiskey

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Willet Family Estate Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey [4 Year]

Rittenhouse Rye (BIB)

Crown Royal XO Whiskey

The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky

Black Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky

Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky

Glenfiddich 12 Year Scotch Whisky

Hush Spiced Apple Moonshine (Sponsored Post)

Stillhouse Moonshine (Sponsored)

*Seagrams Seven Crown American Whiskey

*Makers Mark [Orange Vanilla Infused]

Champagne/Wine:

Lillet Blanc

Dolin Blanc

*Sofia Sparkling Wine

Chandon Rosé [Champagne]

Gloria Ferrer Va De Vi [Champagne]

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin [Vintage Rose Champagne]

*La Marca Prosecco

*The Show Malbec

Cordials:

Creme Yvette [Violet Liqueur]

Grand Marnier [Orange Liqueur]

Amaro Montenegro

Disaronno Amaretto

Cointreau [Orange Liqueur]

Mandarine Napoleon [Orange Liqueur] (Sponsored Post)

Domaine de Canton [Ginger Liqueur]

Pamplemousse [ Grapefruit Liqueur ]

Velvet Falernum

Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

Fernet Branca (Sponsored Post)

Campari

Cappelletti

Aperol

Pernod Absinthe

Pimm’s No. 1

*Bailey’s Irish Cream [Caramel]

Licor 43

Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

Patron XO Cafe Dark

Yellow Chartreuse

Creme de Cassis

Peach Schnapps

Hiram Walker Creme de Cacao

Cherry Heering

Orchard Apricot Liqueur

Bitters:

Hella Bitters Citrus

Hella Bitters Aromatic

Hella Bitters Orange

Hella Bitters Smoked Chili

Hella Bitters Ginger Lemon

Fee Brothers Peach Bitters

Fee Brothers Orange Bitters

Fee Brothers Plum Bitters

Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters

Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters

Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters

Angostura Bitters

Angostura Orange Bitters

Peychaud’s Bitters

Regan’s Orange Bitters No.6

Coffee Bitters [Homemade]

Cranberry Bitters [Homemade]

Lavender Bitters [Homemade]

Newtonian Beverage Company Confederate Jasmine Bitters

Newtonian Beverage Company Cherry Bitters

Newtonian Beverage Company Baked Apple Bitters

Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Shrub Bitters

Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters

Bittermens Burlesque Bitters

Mini Bottles:

Crystal Head Vodka

Malibu [Red]

Malibu Coconut Rum

Malibu Sunshine

Ciroc [Peach]

Ciroc [Red Berry]

Covington Sweet Potato Vodka

Bombay Sapphire

Camarena Tequila

Altos Tequila

The Naked Turtle Rum

Bacardi Torched Cherry

Bacardi Pineapple Infusion

Absolut Hibiskus

Absolut Wild Tea

Absolut Cilantro

The Glenlivet 12 Yr.

Jameson Irish Whiskey

Dewar’s White Label

Dewar’s Honey

Johnnie Walker Red Label

Johnnie Walker Black Label

Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Wild Turkey 101

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

Maker’s Mark

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Bourbon Whiskey

Larceny Bourbon Whiskey

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select

Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon

Chivas Regal Blended Scotch Whisky

The Macallan Single Malt Scotch 12 Year

The Krakren Black Spiced Rum

Chambord

Cointreau

Disaronno

Bailey’s Irish Cream

Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

Wild Turkey American Honey

Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

Christian Brothers Brandy

Tools:

Cobbler Shaker

Boston Shaker

Bar Spoons

Hawthorne Strainer

Muddler

Jiggers

Juicer

Glassware

Cocktail Picks

Ice Molds

Misc.:

Pecan Infused Bourbon [Home Infusion]

Cherry-Vanilla Bourbon [Home Infusion]

Toasted Coconut Rum [Home Infusion]

Strawberry Cognac [Home Infusion]

Blackberry-Rosemary Vodka [Home Infusion]

Coconut Washed White Rum

*Pineapple Infused Rum [Home Infusion]

*Fat Washed Rum [Brown Butter]

*Hazelnut Orgeat

Rosemary Tincture

Brandied Cherries

Sugar Cubes

Cheers!!!

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*No Longer in the Bar

 

 

 

 

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