Derico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4369 posts, RR: 10 Posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3509 times:
So I've decided to build myself a modestly respectable liquor bar. I have a general idea of what I like and want to have. I'm talking about both spirits to drink straight and a few common mixers to experiment a bit.
Are there any tips on how to keep the spirits as fresh as possible? I have always heard that liquors last for a very long time. I'm guessing this is true, but how long do they really last once you open the bottle?
What are the OPTIMAL conditions to store them? Can you leave them to light as many do in open house bars, or is it better to keep them in darkness. What is the best temperature to keep them and does it depend on the drink (vodka's best storage temperature maybe different from rum's), things like that. I am willing to 'build' a nice storage place for them. If I'm gonna make such an investment in items that will cost me $40, I want them to last at their best for a long time.
I'm going out on a limb assuming many people here know a thing or two, so your advice is welcome.
Finally, if you had to choose your three favorite spirits (and brand), which would they be?
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Brokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3499 times:
One hint I can give you is to ensure that you also have spirits that other people will drink, not just what you like. For example, I do not normally drink Scotch or Bourbon, but I keep a bottle of Chivas Regal and Knob Creek in case others do.
My three favorites are Rain (Vodka), Bombay (Gin), and Malibu (flavored rums).
I keep my popular items on a nice tray on the sideboard, and nothing's ever gone bad, really. I did have a mishap with some Harvey's Bristol Cream once, so I store anything like sherry and port in the fridge (heresy, I know).
Quoting Derico (Thread starter): if you had to choose your three favorite spirits (and brand), which would they be?
No one's ever sniffed their nose at:
1) Crown Royal Whiskey
2) Maker's Mark Bourbon
2) Bombay Sapphire Gin (even though I prefer Seagram's for everyday)
3) Myers's Dark Rum
4) A premium vodka (I stock Skyy)
5) A single malt Scotch (I have some Glenfiddich that was a gift)
For mixers I keep 7-UP, Coke, Ginger Ale, Tonic Water, Club Soda, vermouth and sour mix in the fridge.
I stock good, but not ultra-premium, brands of vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and triple sec pre-mixed in an old liquor bottle to be able to pour a Long Island Iced Tea without any fuss. Gordon's vodka and gin work well for this, as they're still copper-kettle distilled and reasonably priced. I also stock grenadine, Angostura bitters, and Peychaud's bitters.
It's fun to experiment a bit, buy something new at a duty-free, or try a new brand at a bar so you don't have to buy the whole bottle to know if you like it or not.
With all that said and done, I still prefer a tall Campari with fresh grapefruit or orange juice before dinner over anything else.
It's outstanding with white grapefruit juice, freshly picked from the tree. It's not that god awful mess you get in the bottle. Florida's Natural brand is an acceptable substitute if you can't find good fresh citrus. (Oh, how I miss visiting Arizona in the winter!)
Did you discover Gosling's in Bermuda, or manage to find it where you live?
(BTW, the best booze in the world is going to taste like crap if your glasses aren't spotless. Wash them thoroughly in really hot water and make sure you rinse them in steaming hot water and air-dry them. No towels....they can leave gunky residue) I was a bartender for many years, and there's nothing more revolting than having a drink go flat in a filthy glass.
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Ihadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6028 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3415 times:
Let me see what do I have on the magic shelf
Brugal Extra Viejo
Brugal Siglo de Oro ( just about empty but one day I may finnish it off) one day I hope to return to the factory and pick up some Brugal Unico (after taking out a home equity loan to pay for the stuff)
the assorted Bailey's, Kahlúa, Vermouth, Bombay Sapphire
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