My compact home cocktail bar.

My compact home cocktail bar.

 

If you build it, they will come. These were my thoughts when I put together this cocktail bar. Now, like any good New Yorker, I use my bar more often than my range.

For the simplest bar, you can start with just three spirits and five items from the grocery store. With these, you'll have all the ingredients to make 10 different cocktails. Here's the list:

Spirits

  • vodka
  • gin
  • dry vermouth

To keep in the pantry

  • club soda, tonic water
  • sugar syrup (boil 1 part sugar with 1 part water)

Pick this up when you have company

  • limes, lemons

Equipment

You'll need a cocktail shaker. Mine came in a 5-piece set. It's cheap but sturdy and having all five parts is fun. Then there's the tray to pull it all together - without this you don't have a bar, you just have a few bottles of alcohol sitting around. Lastly, an ice-bucket, which you can improvise from a vase, a bowl or a bucket. Throw it in the fridge or freezer before guests come around.

Ice bucket - improvise. Mine is a vase from Chinatown. Get similar here.

Ice bucket - improvise. Mine is a vase from Chinatown. Get similar here.

5-piece cocktail shaker set, $18.99, from Amazon and silver-plate mug from Portobello road market in London. Get a similar mug from ebay.

5-piece cocktail shaker set, $18.99, from Amazon and silver-plate mug from Portobello road market in London. Get a similar mug from ebay.

My tray is from a London thrift store. Get something similar from Pottery Barn or ebay.

My tray is from a London thrift store. Get something similar from Pottery Barn or ebay.

10 Cocktails you can make

Here are the 10 cocktails that you can make with your ingredients.

With vodka you can make

  • vodka tonic - vodka, tonic water
  • lemon drop - vodka, lemon, sugar syrup
  • vodka mojitos - vodka, lime, sugar syrup, club soda, mint
  • vodka mint lemonade - vodka, lemon, sugar syrup, club soda, mint
  • vodka + whatever is in your fridge (vodka + orange juice = screwdriver, vodka + coke)
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With gin you can make

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Add dry vermouth to make

Add extra ingredients..

...like ginger beer, cocktail onions, tomato juice and mint for something different:

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