THE BASICS: BUILD AS YOU GO

Hardware

Glassware

Spirits

  • Bourbon whiskey (Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey 101, Four Roses Yellow Label)
  • Rye whiskey (Rittenhouse 100, Wild Turkey, Old Overholt)
  • Scotch whisky (blended: The Famous Grouse or Speyside: The Glenlivet 12)
  • Light rum (Havana Club 3, Caña Brava, Cruzan)
  • London Dry gin (Beefeater, Tanqueray)
  • Old Tom gin (Hayman’s)
  • Brandy or Cognac (Germain-Robin, Pierre Ferrand 1840, Courvoisier)
  • Tequila (Espolón plata, Cimarron)

Mixers & Liqueurs

  • Italian vermouth (keep cold) (Carpano Antica, Noilly Prat, Dolin) 
  • French vermouth (keep cold) (Dolin, Noilly Prat)
  • Triple Sec (Cointreau)
  • Herbsaint
  • Drambuie
  • Simple syrup
  • Seltzer or sparkling mineral water (Fever-Tree, Pellegrino)
  • Coca-Cola (imported Mexican, if you can find it)

Juices, Accents, & Garnishes

  • Fresh citrus: lemons, limes, and oranges
  • Fresh mint
  • Angostura bitters
  • Peychaud’s bitters
  • Orange bitters
  • Luxardo maraschino cherries
  • Pimento-stuffed green olives (Dirty Sue)

 

THE NOT-SO-BASICS: TAKE YOUR TIME

Hardware

Glassware

Spirits

  • Gold rum (Appleton, Mount Gay, Cruzan)
  • Dark rum (Coruba, Myers’s)
  • Demerara rum (151 proof) (Lemon Hart)
  • Cachaça (Ypióca Prata, Sagatiba, Boca Loca)
  • Applejack (100-proof Apple Brandy) (Laird’s)
  • Mezcal (Del Maguey, Pierde Almas, Fidencio)
  • Scotch whisky (Islay) (Bowmore, Ardbeg)

Mixers & Liqueurs

  • Campari
  • Curaçao (Senior Curaçao)
  • Lillet Blanc or Cocchi Americano (keep cold)
  • Pernod
  • Maraschino liqueur (Luxardo)
  • Crème de violette (Rothman & Winter)
  • Crème de cassis (keep cold) (Gabriel Boudier)
  • Yellow Chartreuse
  • Falernum (homemade or B.G. Reynolds’)
  • Orgeat (homemade or B.G. Reynolds’)
  • Cinnamon syrup (homemade or B.G. Reynolds’)
  • Pimento dram (allspice liqueur) (homemade or St. Elizabeth)
  • Real pomegranate grenadine (homemade or Stirrings, Monin)
  • Honey syrup
  • Agave syrup
  • Ginger beer (Barritt’s or Reed’s)

Juices, Accents, & Garnishes

  • Fresh citrus: white or red grapefruit
  • Whole nutmeg
  • Dairy: whole milk, heavy cream, egg
  • Produce: organic celery, fresh ginger
  • Candied ginger
 

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