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:
- 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
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.
10 Cocktails you can make
Here are the 10 cocktails that you can make with your ingredients.
Add extra ingredients..
...like ginger beer, cocktail onions, tomato juice and mint for something different:
- Moscow Mule - vodka, lime, ginger beer
- Gibson - gin, dry vermouth, pearl cocktail onion
- Bloody Mary - vodka, lemon, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, garlic, pepper, Tabasco sauce
- Cosmopolitan - vodka, lime, Cointreau, cranberry juice
- Add lime, sugar and fruit to vodka, like this Blackberry Crush - vodka, sugar syrup, lemon, blackberries, mint