To have a home bar, the most important thing is to have spirits! Curation of spirits for your bar should firstly be based on personal preference. After all, if you don’t like it, it is unlikely you’ll encourage other people to drink it. It is your home bar. You make the decisions.
What we’ve done is put together a list that will allow you to create most commonly requested drinks. It’s up to you if you want to share the good stuff. We use the term speed rack to refer to these staples. In a bar, the speed rack comprises of bottles that are frequently used and are placed in a rack within easy reach so you can speedily get a drink out. Similarly, this is what we feel could help you speedily make your friends and you happy.
The idea of the cocktail is to elevate a spirit so that it becomes more palatable and create new levels of complexity in a drinking experience. So you don’t always need the top shelf to create a tasty drink. These are good, value-for-money spirits that can help you throw a good party without flaming your wallet.
Having said that if you would like to bust out the anejo tequila or a good whisky on the rocks, that is definitely a great way to entertain too. (we would also like an invitation to said entertainment please).
Speed racks, in order of age of spirits, should include vodka, gin, rum, tequila, curaçao, bourbon, scotch and brandy/cognac. We will list a couple of choices for each, except for curaçao which is typically synonymous with Cointreau. We didn’t review each as there are a plethora of sites reviewing spirits and these have been around for decades.
- Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 700ml – $47.50
- Barcadi Gold Rum 750ml – $55.90
- Havana Club 3 Years Rum 700ml – $68.00
- Cointreau 700ml – $60.00
- Patron Silver Tequila 750ml – $112.00
- Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila 750ml- $47.70
- Bulleit Bourbon 700ml – $68.00
- Makers Mark Bourbon Whiskey 700ml – $81.00
- Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey 700ml – $85.90
- Lagavulin 16 Year Old 700ml – $135.00
- Johnny Walker Black Label 700ml – $57.50
- Monkey Shoulder Whisky 700ml – $76.00
We attached links so you can get these delivered straight to your home. Alternatively, you can use the age-old way of obtaining cheap alcohol, Airport Duty-Free.
To start, try them on the rocks and learn how they taste. We will continue to share recipes and cheat sheets with you as we go along. If you would like to know how they taste without buying the whole bottle, you can contact us and we’ll let you know a good place to discover them! Alternatively you may also read our next article on “The Art of Tasting” to find out how you can taste the Spirits you have not tried before.
Happy drinking and leave us a note about what you’ve made from your speedrack 🙂