Martini Social Club Martini Recipes and Martini Gifts

posted by on Sep 13

Beyond The Basics  Home Bar

So now your ready to expand your stock.  A reasonably intermediate stocked bar runs between $350 – $450. Of course you already have the products suggested previously in the start-up list.  Continuing to build your home bar, you would want to add the following:

Aperitif - 750 ml – is an alcoholic drink that is usually served to stimulate the appetite before a meal and are commonly served with something small to eat. Ouzo would be an example and is popular in Greece.

Bourbon is an American whiskey that has been in production since the 18th century. Bourbon is made primarily from corn and named after Bourbon County, Kentucky. Some bourbons would be Jim Beam or Wild Turkey.

Brandy – 750ml – meaning “burned wine” and is a spirit made from wine or other fermented fruit juices. Brandy should not be selected solely on it’s price . A low-quality brandy can ruin an otherwise great cocktail.

Coffee Liqueur – 750ml – Cordials are high-alcohol, high-sugar beverages with added flavorings usually derived from herbs, fruits, or nuts. Most liqueurs range between 15% and 55% alcohol by volume. The most widely recognized coffee liqueur is the Mexican Kahlua. An alternative would be Tia Maria from Jamaica.

Irish Cream – 750ml – is a cream cordial based on Irish whiskey, cream, and other fixingss which sometimes include coffee, which can be served on its own or used in mixed drinks or as part of a shot. Irish Cream typically has between 15 to 20% alcohol by volume  and is considered a cream liqueur. Some examples would be Cask and Cream, Ryan’s or Carolans.

Red Wine2 bottles – 750ml – It’s color can be derived from a vast assortment of grape varietals  ranging from grapes that are reddish to deep purple. It is the grape skins that are responsible for the red wine’s distinct color spectrum. The skins are in contact with the grape’s juice during the fermentation process, allowing   the dispersion of both color and tannins.  The individual wine’s specific red shade depends on the grape type used in the process and the amount of time the skin’s pigmentation is in contact with juice. 

You can’t forget about the garnishes! 

While a garnish does not create the cocktail, it is certainly a decoration that finishes the presentation.

Lemon slices/wedges/twists

Orange slices/wedges

Limes slices/wedges

Pineapple slices/chunks

Maraschino Cherries

Celery stalks


Cocktail Onions

Tabasco sauce

Angostura bitters

Worcestershire sauce





You’ve heard the phrase, “it looks good enough to eat.”  Garnishes are designed for that very reason.  Complement the flavor and style of the drink you’re serving with beautiful garnishes.

Later we’ll discuss more about how to garnish cocktails properly.  In the meanwhile, enjoy your newly stocked home bar!

Martini Mixers; Stirrings Martini Mix, Cocktail Mixer, Cocktail Rimmers

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