If you’re new to cocktails and you’re looking for a few recommendations, you’ve come to the right place. These are the spirits and mixers I usually have on my shelf — the bottles I reach for when I’m making drinks.
Outside of whiskey, I don’t usually keep more than one brand of a particular spirit in stock. I let my mood (and my wallet) dictate what to buy when the bottle’s running low.
Please keep in mind, I’m not a reviewer, nor do I want to be. So how did these bottles end up in my liquor cabinet? I read about them in books, magazines or blogs. Tasted them in a bar. Got a recommendation from a bartender or liquor proprietor.
I’d recommend you find your favorites the same way.