Don’t Stop the Party because You are Unprepared: Stocking your Basic Home Bar


Every house needs a good bar… I know, some of you might not even drink, but it’s always a good idea to have a variety of Spirits and liqueurs for when you do decide to have guests.

So where do you start? With this article of course! The following are a list of bar basics:


Basic Barware:

      • Corkscrew
      • Can/ Bottle opener
      • Cutting Board and Bar Knife
      • Tongs,Scoop, and Bucket for Ice
      • Champagne/ Wine Bucket
      • Shaker Set (Shaker Glass & Metal Tumbler) or Cocktail Shaker
      • Muddler
      • Blender

Basic Necessities:

      • Coasters
      • Cocktail Napkins
      • Straws
      • Matches and ashtray

Basic Mixers:

      • Cranberry Juice
      • Orange and/or Grapefruit Juice
      • Club Soda and Tonic Water
      • Colas -Regular and Diet
      • Red Bull/ Energy drinks
      • Tomato Juice and/or Bloody Mary mix and/or Clamato Juice
      • Lemon and or Lime Juice
      • Simple Syrup (in a saucepan melt equal parts of sugar to water and let cool)
      • Fresh Ingredients: Limes, Mint, Strawberries, Celery, Olives
      • Salt, Pepper, Sugar
      • Give it a Kick with: Horseradish, Hot Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Angostura Bitters
Basic Booze: 


Vodka: Premium


Blended Whiskey

Rum: Light & Dark



Tequila: Find out more here

Vermouth (sweet and dry)

White Wine: at least 2-3 bottles

Red Wine: at least 2-3 bottles

Beer: Local and Imported

Liqueurs 2-3 (examples: Creme de cassis, Kahlúa, Baileys Irish Cream)

Do you have a favorite alcohol, mixer, or garnish? Comment below!