5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails

5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails

We absolutely love these whiskey cocktails, and you should too!

If you don’t know these 5 whiskey cocktails, then you don’t know Jack. That’s a little whiskey humor there for you. Earlier we did a blog post of 5 of Scotch cocktails every whiskey lover should know, and we are back to give you more. We absolutely love these 5 cheers worthy whiskey cocktails, and you should too! Here’s why!

5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails

 


 

Whiskey Sour

5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails - The Whiskey Sour

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

If you’ve never had a whiskey cocktail before, a whiskey sour is a great place to start. It’s a great blend of whiskey, lemon juice, and a bit of sweetness that you might be looking for in a good cocktail. Americans have an almost natural affinity for good whiskey, which is why we have a long history with the stuff. The Whiskey Sour shares a common history with the Gimlet on the high seas when scurvy was common among sailors. American sailors would put lime and lemon juices in their whiskey to prevent vitamin C deficiency. It was bartender, Jerry Thomas who later would refine the recipe to the classic whiskey sour that we know today. Egg whites were not introduced until later to add a frothiness to the cocktial, but it always remains optional.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Good Whiskey
  • 1 Ounce Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • Cherry for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old Fashioned Glasses
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make a Whiskey Sour

Add the whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a Cocktail Shaker with ice. Shake together. Fill an old fashioned or rocks glass with crushed ice [regular ice works too]. Strain over ice, and garnish with a cherry.

 

The New Yorker

5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails - The New Yorker

Image / Recipe from // Greg Henry – SippitySup

If you are a fan of an Old Fashioned, then the New Yorker is right in your wheel house. Like it’s cousin the Manhattan, the New Yorker falls into the class of whiskey cocktails that got its name from the Big Apple. New Yorkers must really have a thing for whiskey.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
  • 3/4 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 Dash Grenadine Syrup
  • Orange & Lemon Twists for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old Fashioned Glasses
  • Long Spoon

How to make a New Yorker

Pour whiskey and lime juice over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Add sugar and grenadine syrup. Stir together, and garnish with the twist peels.

 

Whiskey Ginger [Ale]

5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails - The Whiskey Ginger

Image / Recipe from // Jameson Whiskey

Closely related to the Horse’s Neck and the Presbyterian, the whiskey ginger is a two ingredient cocktail that every whiskey lover has probably had in some way shape or form before. It’s because the cocktail is so versatile. There are many versions and off shoots of it. This recipe from Jameson Whiskey is called the Jameson Ginger and lime. You’ll want a good quality ginger ale if you want to stick to the recipe and use Jameson Whiskey. Blenheim is a good choice. We don’t know why ginger ale and whiskey came together, but it’s been a happy marriage.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Whiskey
  • Ginger Ale
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass

How to make a Whiskey Ginger

Add ice to a Highball glass, and pour in whiskey. Top with ginger ale. Squeeze the lime and pop it into the drink.

 

The Irish Redhead

5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails - The Jameson Irish Redhead

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

This cocktail is great for our Jameson lovers out there. The Irish Redhead has a flavor palate that is similar to a Whiskey Ginger. You could even substitute the club soda for ginger ale if you want a spicier kick. After all, whiskey and ginger are kind of a match made in heaven.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces Jameson Whiskey
  • 1 Ounces Grenadine
  • 6 Ounces Club Soda
  • 1/2 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • Cherries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Scotch Glass
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon

How to make an Irish Redhead

Fill Scotch glass with ice as desired. In a mixing glass, mix together Jameson, grenadine, and lemon and lime juices. Pour into the glass, and top with club soda or ginger ale. Add a cherry on top.

 

The Witty Comeback

5 Cheers Worthy Whiskey Cocktails - The Witty Comeback

Image // Alex Lau / Recipe from // Dan Saltzstein – bon appetit

As far as whiskey drinks go, this one has a name worthy of some intrigue. The recipe was the brain child of Dan Saltzstein, and later named by Michael Y. Park – who should name all cocktails for now on. This cocktail pairs rye whiskey with Averna amaro, and Italian liquor that has citrusy herbal notes. You are in for a treat if you’ve never had the chance to try it. In Dan’s recipe, he suggests using Old Overholt rye whiskey. Old Overholt is one of those “bottom shelf” whiskeys that you hear a lot of good things about. It’s not bad for the price tag, and if you don’t end up liking the Witty Comeback, it tastes good with ginger ale.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Rye Whiskey
  • ½ Ounce Averna amaro
  • ½ Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ Ounce Ginger Simple Syrup
  • Cherry for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe or Old Fashioned Glasses
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make The Witty Comeback

Combine rye, Averna, lemon juice, and ginger simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice. Shake about 30 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass or a old-fashioned glass filled with ice and garnish with orange twist.

 

 

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5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need To Drink Right Now

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink

These rum drinks will take you to paradise!

In honor of National Rum Day, we’re taking a look at five amazing rum drinks! So channel your inner pirate, pretend you’re on a tropical beach and get ready to relax with some rum! Here are 5 remarkable rum drinks you need to drink right now!

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need To Drink Right Now

 


 

Mojito

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - The Mojito

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

Refreshing is a word that comes to mind when the Mojito is mentioned. This perfect summer drink originated in Cuba over 200 years ago, although the specifics to its creation are unknown. The Mojito became popular through Ernest Hemingway and other famous people who enjoyed the drink while vacationing in Cuba before the Revolution.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 2 Ounces Sparkling Water or Club Soda
  • 1 Ounce Simple Syrup or 1 – 2 Teaspoon(s) Sugar
  • 1 Cup Crushed Ice
  • 20 Sprigs Fresh Mint
  • Lime Twist For Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Spoon or Muddler

How to make a Mojito

Place [sugar and] mint leaves in a serving glass, and gently muddle just until the leaves release their oils. Fill glass with ice. Add rum and lime juice [and simple syrup]. Stir to combine. Top with club soda and add mint sprigs and lime twist for garnish.

 

Planter’s Punch

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - Planter's Punch

Image from // Blahnik Baker

A New York Times’ article from 1908 described the cocktail as “Two of sour, one and a half of sweet, three of strong and four of weak.” Planter’s Punch dates back centuries and can be considered the predecessor of the famous tiki drinks. The cocktail itself can be described as casual and was originally a concoction of rum, lime juice, sugar, spice, and ice; however, there are now many variations of the drink so there is truly a recipe for everyone!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces Coruba Dark Jamaican Rum (if you can’t find Coruba, substitute another dark, heavy rum)
  • 1 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • .75 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Bar Spoon

How to make Planter’s Punch

Combine ingredients in a tall glass and fill with crushed ice. Swizzle with a bar spoon until a frost forms on the outside of the glass. The ice will settle as you do this; add more crushed ice to fill, garnish with a mint sprig.

 

Mai Tai

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - Mai Tai

Image from // Lisa at Food.com

The Mai Tai is a classic rum drink that has not been treated well over the years. The recipe has been altered by the tourism industry to the point where many people have never actually had a true Mai Tai. The original cocktail, invented by Vic Bergeron of Trader Vic’s, consisted of Jamaican rum, fresh lime juice, Dutch curacao, French orgeat, and a sprig of fresh mint for garnish. This concoction has a subtle flavor of oranges and almonds due to the curacao and orgeat. If you’ve ever had a Mai Tai and been disappointed, give the recipe below a try. You may just be pleasantly surprised with the taste of a true Mai Tai.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Jamaican Rum
  • Juice of One Lime (Save shell for garnish)
  • 0.5 Ounce Curaçao
  • 0.25 Ounce Orgeat
  • 0.25 Ounce Rock-Randy Syrup (Add a drop or two of vanilla extract to our simple syrup recipe)
  • Mint For Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Double Old-Fashioned Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make the Mai Tai Cocktail

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well for 10 seconds and strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with lime shell and a sprig of fresh mint.

 

Hurricane

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - The Hurricane

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The Hurricane is a tiki drink known for being quite strong while still having a fruity taste, so if that’s up your alley, you’ll love this cocktail. The Hurricane was created in New Orleans in the 1940s at Pat O’brein’s bar. This is a cocktail that started off simple and has become more complex over the years.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Dark Jamaican Rum
  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • 2 Ounces Passion Fruit Juice
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 1 Ounce Orange Juice
  • .5 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • .5 Ounce Grenadine
  • 1 Orange Slice For Garnish
  • 1 Cherry For Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Hurricane Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

How to make a Hurricane Cocktail

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a large Hurricane glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange half-wheel and a cherry.

 

Dark and Stormy

5 Remarkable Rum Drinks You Need to Drink Right Now - Dark and Stormy

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink Of The Week

This easy to make cocktail is often claimed to be Bermuda’s national drink. A Dark and Stormy has a very simple recipe as there are only two main ingredients, dark rum and ginger beer. But if you want to call your drink a “Dark ‘N Stormy”, you best adhere to Gosling’s Patented and Trademarked recipe, that uses Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and ginger beer. No joke, Gosling holds certificates at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the drink’s recipe and name. The cocktail was crafted near the end of World War I when British sailors were on leave in Bermuda and they mixed Gosling’s Black Seal Rum with ginger beer that was made on the island. The result was a dark, murky mixture that earned the cocktail its name. It is said that a British sailor stated the cocktail looked like “the color of a cloud that only a fool or a dead man would sail under.” Check out Gosling’s recipe below.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1.5 Ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
  • 4-5 Ounces Ginger Beer
  • Lime Wedge for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass

How to make the Dark and Stormy Cocktail

In a tall glass filled with ice, add 4 – 5 ounces of ginger beer and top with 1.5 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. Garnish with a lime wedge.

 

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How to make your own Sweet and Sour Mix

How to Make Homemade Sweet & Sour Mix

Swap Store-Bought for Handmade

This homemade sweet and sour mix is perfect for all of your home brewed cocktails.

Make your own Sweet & Sour mix

Sweet and Sour mix, also referred to as simply Sour mix, is a cocktail mix that consists of a blend of sugar, lemon, and lime juices. Sour mix is used in a variety of cocktails & mocktails.

This homemade sweet and sour mix uses freshly squeezed lemon and lime juices instead of processed store-bought juices that can contain extra sugars and other kinds of preservatives. Because our mix is fresh and not preserved, it will last in the fridge for a little over a week or two. That is if you don’t use it all making cocktails, of course.

This is how to make our own sweet and sour mix.

 

Sweet & Sour Mix

Yields: About 2 1/2 to 3 Cups

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 12 Ounces Water
  • 12 Ounces Sugar
  • 8 Ounces Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 8 Ounces Fresh Lime Juice

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Small Pot
  • Heat Proof Container

 

Preparation

Sour Mix: Bring water to a boil over medium heat. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove pot for the heat and stir in the lime and lemon juices.

Pour into a heat proof, covered container. Store in the fridge.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 28 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 9 Carbohydrates (g) 7 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 7 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 33

How to make your own Sweet and Sour Mix

 

 

 

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5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

5 Essential Scotch Cocktails To Know

These are 5 essential Scotch cocktails that every whiskey lover should know how to make.

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

 


 

Rob Roy

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

A Rob Roy, or Scotch Manhattan, is a forgotten classic cocktail that really needs a resurgence. Here’s what you’ll need to make a Rob Roy.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Blended Scotch Whiskey
  • .75 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Brandied Cherries or Lemon Peel for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemmed or Scotch Glass
  • Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

How to make a Rob Roy Cocktail

Pour sweet vermouth, scotch whiskey, and bitters into a mixing glass. Fill it with ice [the more ice the better for the next part]. Stir together for about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled stemmed or scotch glass. Garnish with brandied cherry skewer or lemon peel. Enjoy!

 

The Godfather

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image from // Michael Dietsch / Recipe from // Serious Eats

Cousin on the Rusty Nail, the Godfather is on the sweet side of whiskey cocktails. No one’s really sure how it got its name, but it will make you feel like a Big Boss with every sip.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Scotch Whiskey
  • 1⁄2 Ounce Amaretto
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Scotch Glass
  • Jigger
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer

How to make the Godfather Cocktail

Fill a mixing glass with about 2/3 worth of ice. Pour in whiskey and amaretto. Stir until chilled [at least 30 seconds] and strain over ice in a scotch glass. Divertiti!

 

The Mamie Taylor

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image from // Flickr: reeselloyd [Via Creative Commons] / Recipe from // LA Mag

This version of a Mamie Taylor is from the menu of mixologist, Marcos Tello. With a heaping help of Scotch, this cocktail is sure to please even the most discerning whiskey cocktail enthusiast.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Blended Scotch
  • Ginger Beer
  • 1 Dash Angostura Bitters
  • Juice of Half a Lime
  • Candied Ginger for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Jigger
  • Bar Spoon

How to make the Mamie Taylor Cocktail

Add whiskey and lime juice to a highball glass. Add ice, and top with ginger beer. Stir together and garnish with candied ginger. Enjoy!

 

The Sherlock & Watson

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image from // Molly Wizenberg / Recipe from // Food52

I’ve said it numerous times before and I’ll say it again: Whiskey loves tea! It’s only elementary, my good Watson. Now pass me the Scotch.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Scotch Whiskey
  • 1⁄2 Earl Gery Syrup [get instructions here]
  • 1⁄2 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 Dashes Scrappy’s cardamom bitters
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe Glass
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer
  • Bar Spoon

How to make a Sherlock & Watson Cocktail

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist. Enjoy!

 

Penicillin

5 Scotch Cocktails Every Whiskey Lover Should Know

Image from // Farideh Sadeghin / Recipe from // Saveur

This cocktail is much more enjoyable than a shot of its namesake medicine.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Blended Scotch Whiskey
  • 1 1⁄2 Ounces Single Malt Scotch
  • 3⁄4 Ounce Honey Ginger Syrup [get instructions here]
  • 3⁄4 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Candied Ginger for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Scotch Glass
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer
  • Bar Spoon

How to make the Penicillin Cocktail

Add blended scotch, lemon juice, and syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a scotch glass pver ice. Top with single malt scotch and garnish with candided ginger. Enjoy!

 

 

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How to make Ginger Simple Syrup

How to Make Ginger Simple Syrup

How to make Ginger Simple Syrup

Make this Delicious Ginger Simple Syrup

Simple syrup comes in a variety of flavors, and one of those flavors is Ginger. Ginger simple syrup is an herbal simple syrup that can be added to teas and cocktails instead of using ground ginger and sugar.

This Chinese herb has been used as part of medicinal remedies for centuries. Jam packed with antioxidants, ginger is a super spice that contains nutrients that are beneficial to our brains and bodies. You can use ginger in a number of ways – either as a juice, freshly sliced, dried or in a powder.

Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties have also been shown to aid in digestion and reduce nausea and is used in the treatment of menstrual pain, blood sugar imbalances, and heart disease.

 

Ginger Simple Syrup

Yields: 1 1/2 cups
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 10 Inch Piece of Fresh Ginger [Peeled and Cut into Very Thin Rounds]
Items You’ll Need:

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Container

 

Preparation

Ginger Simple Syrup: Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Stir to dissolve sugar in the water. Add in the ginger, lower the heat and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, and let rest for 30 minutes. Strain syrup through a strainer, to remove and discard the ginger, into a air tight container and refrigerate. While refrigerated, the syrup can be used up to one month.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving (1tsp) approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 16 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 4.2 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4.2 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

 

 

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How to stock a home bar

The Bottles, Garnishes, & Tools You Need to Stock Your Home Bar

How to Stock Your Home Bar Like a Boss

Having a home bar is a great idea for folks who like to throw house parties. They also make it easy to enjoy a cocktail at home after a long day at work. But before you run down to the liquor store, there are a few bar essentials that you are going to need to consider if you want to be the master of the home bar.

How to Stock Your Home Bar

 

Stocking Your Home Bar To Your Tastes

It’s really easy to start overthinking what you need for your first home bar. So my first tip on how to stock your home bar is simple. Before you start shopping, you should always begin by thinking about what kind of drinks you actually like to make. What kind of liquors are they made of? Are they made with any mixers, garnishes, bitters, or extra equipment, like a blender?

If all you like are martinis, there won’t be a need for you to stock up on Beer, Wine, or non-essential liquors. It saves you time, space, and not to mention money. Knowing exactly what goes into the drinks you like to make can help you create a shopping list of all the things you actually need. The following is a general breakdown of what goes into stocking a home bar.

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True Essentials for Every Home Bar

There are a few staple types of alcohol, mixers, garnishes, and tools that every bar should have. Bar essentials can be broken up into a couple different categories. For the sake of our infographic, we split them into 4 categories: Liquors, Beer & Wine, Mixers & Garnishes, and Tools and Glassware.

Liquors

As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to have Gin, Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, Tequila, and either Cointreau or Triple Sec on hand, but not all are necessary. Always feel free to omit liquors that you don’t like, be frugal on less important bottles, and splurge on the ones you like the most. This quick guide can give you an idea of what to buy if you want to save or splurge on good spirits.

Your Quick Guide to Saving and Splurging on Spirits for your home bar

Beer and Wine

Keeping a stock of beer or wine in your bar is a matter of preference. Not every bar needs them, especially if you don’t drink them. Adding beer and wine to your bar might also include an added expense of purchasing a mini fridge or wine cooler to keep your brews and whites icy cold.

Fun Home Bar Tip: If you are crafty and like wine, you can create a wine rack for your home bar, like these DIY Wine Racks.

Mixers and Garnishes

If you want to be a master mixologist, you are going to need a variety of mixers on hand. Mixers come in the form of fruit juices, vegetable juices, sodas, ginger ale, tonic water, and I’ll stash bitters here for the sake of convenience (even though they really aren’t a mixer and are more of a flavoring agent). It’ll be a wise investment to have a few bottles of club soda, ginger ale, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, and some sodas stashed under the bar. Some even come in 6 pack bottles or cans that you can store in a mini fridge.

A true home bar is not complete without an array of garnishes ready to spruce up your cocktails’ presentation. You’ll want to have a couple lemons, limes, or oranges ready to cut up, or some cocktail olives primed on toothpicks for your after dinner martinis.

Fun Home Bar Tip: You can even create special blends of sugars and salts or peppers, for lining your glassware, and keep them in little jars.

Tools and Glassware

You know the old adage Keep It Simple Stupid? This is definitely where this applies. You only really need three types of glassware: Stemmed glasses (Wine, Margarita, Cocktail, etc.), Old Fashioned glasses (Lowball, Rocks, Scotch, etc.), and Highball glasses (or Collins glasses). These are essentially what you serve every cocktail in the book in, minus shots of course.

If you want to get fancy and learn a bit more about the types of different glassware, check out our Everything Guide to Glassware.

There are a lot of tools in the Bartending trade that you’ll need to employ in your home bar. Some of the essential tools include measuring tools (spoons, cups, jiggers, etc.), shakers, strainers, bottle openers, bar or long spoons, peelers, zesters, juice squeezers, and muddlers. If you don’t have them on hand, you can easily substitute them with tools you keep in the kitchen. Save yourself some green and see our article of Simple Bartender Hacks for Missing Bar Instruments.

If you like to mix up some cocktails for parties, you might also want to consider having a pitcher or fancy drink dispenser at the bar. A blender is also a must if you want to make frozen blended cocktails like Margaritas and Daiquiris.

 

Home Bar CheckList

So it’s time to go shopping, but you still aren’t 100% sure what to buy. This graphical checklist is a simplified list of Staple items you will want to have in stock, or add to, your home bar.

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Now that you’ve stocked up your home bar, it’s time to kick back and mix up one our Drink of the Week cocktails….for practice of course.

 

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Rosemary Simple Syrup

How to make Rosemary Simple Syrup

How to Make Rosemary Simple Syrup

Simple syrup comes in a variety of flavors, and one of the ones we’ve used the most is this Rosemary Simple Syrup. If you are making a rosemary infused cocktail, 9 times out of 10 you’ll be adding rosemary simple syrup to the mix.

Rosemary adds an herbal flavor to spring and summer cocktails, and your kitchen will smell fantastic as you are making it. This simple Rosemary syrup is super easy to make, and you can put it in a container to use it again later.

Test out this Rosemary Simple Syrup Recipe with our Azalea Belle Drink of the Week Cocktail.

 

Rosemary Simple Syrup

Yields: 1 1/2 cups
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 to 5 Sprigs of Rosemary
Items You’ll Need:

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Container

 

Preparation

Rosemary Simple Syrup: In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar and rosemary sprigs in water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a strainer into an airtight container. Cover and chill for 4 hours.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 16 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 4.2 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4.2 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

 

 

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Easy Made Simple Syrup

Easy Made Simple Syrup

Easy Made Simple Syrup

Looking for an easy Simple Syrup recipe?

Well look no further! I’ve been debating for a while about creating a separate section for what I call Bar Essentials – The Odds and Ends of what your home bar needs. I usually include the steps of how to make these ingredients in the Drinks of the Week, but it was getting tedious writing it out over and over. So, the idea for this section was born.

Simple syrup is one of the many essential ingredients to have in your home bar. Many cocktails use it, and you can use it as a sweetener for other drinks like coffee and tea.

Did I mention how ridiculously easy it is to make yet? This easy made simple syrup only has two ingredients and is ready to use in little over an hour. You can make it ahead of time, chill it overnight, and keep it on hand for party cocktails. This homemade simple syrup is super easy to make. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

Simple Syrup

Yields: 1 1/2 cups
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
Items You’ll Need:

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Container

 

Preparation

Easy Made Simple Syrup: In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar and water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a strainer into an airtight container. Cover and chill for at least a 1/2 hour.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 16 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 4.2 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4.2 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

 

 

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