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Your Perfect Home Bar: Tips And Picks  
User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4316 posts, RR: 11
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2945 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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User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2935 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).


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

Quoting Derico (Thread starter):
how long do they really last once you open the bottle?

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.

Cheers!

[Edited 2006-01-06 23:40:46]


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User currently offlineBofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2923 times:

My home bar is not at home. But my bar is like a home bar for me...

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User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 2):
With all that said and done, I still prefer a tall Campari with fresh grapefruit or orange juice before dinner over anything else.

OMG that sounds so good right now!

an ex introduced me to the manhattan and my subesequent love for campari soon followed...the kicker being there isnt much you can really do with it.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2906 times:

Quoting VSLover (Reply 4):
OMG that sounds so good right now!

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!)



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User currently offlineN276AASTT From US Virgin Islands, joined Jan 2004, 620 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2895 times:

Quoting Brokenrecord (Reply 1):
Malibu (flavored rums).

Sorry man, Malibu is just "spiked coconut water!"

If you want EXCELLENT rum and rum flavors you have to go with the CRUZAN RUM line made in (of course, yours truely) the Virgin Islands. Available in:

REGULAR - CLEAR
SPICED - DARK
COCONUT
PINEAPPLE
VANILLA
ORANGE
CREAM
CITRUS
BANANA
RASPBERRY
MANGO

Go with a Bombay Gin and a Stoli Vodka. A damn good Tequila is a must have as well.



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User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

This was my own bar on New Years
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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5426 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2871 times:

1) Vodka
2) Tang

Signed,
IHAP



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User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2866 times:

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 8):
1) Vodka
2) Tang

Signed,
IHAP

On the rocks of course, with a nifty umbrella, but no straw

IHAP



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5426 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2861 times:

Quoting Ihadapheo (Reply 9):
On the rocks of course, with a nifty umbrella, but no straw

And served in a coconut, naturally!

Back on topic here's what I'd stock

Gin - Bombay Sapphire
Vodka - Skyy
Rum - Goslings Black Seal Rum
Tequila - Jose Cuervo

A few other different liqueurs/cordials. I usually go with
Advocaat
Bailey's
Butterscotch Schnapps
Chambord
Chartreuse
Curaçao (oranges)
Goldschlager
Kahlúa
Triple Sec (oranges, like curaçao)

For mixers:
Club soda
Cola
Ginger ale
Lemon/lime Soda
Tonic water

Juices:
Cranberry juice
Orange juice
Tomato juice
Orange juice
White Grape juice (mixes very well with vodka)



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User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2854 times:

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 10):
Rum - Goslings Black Seal Rum

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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User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

Let me see what do I have on the magic shelf

Vodka ...

Stoli

Rum..

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


Mixers

Tomato Jucie

7 up

Coke

and ..

.
.
.
.
.
Tang


IHAP



Pray hard but pray with care For the tears that you are crying now Are just your answered prayers
User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

Quoting N276AASTT (Reply 6):
Sorry man, Malibu is just "spiked coconut water!"

Yeah, but it tastes good, and it still has 21% alcohol. =)

Quoting N276AASTT (Reply 6):
If you want EXCELLENT rum and rum flavors you have to go with the CRUZAN RUM line made in (of course, yours truely) the Virgin Islands.

I have this as well. =)


User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5426 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2846 times:

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 11):
Did you discover Gosling's in Bermuda, or manage to find it where you live?

Luckily they have it where I live. I love the stuff - mixes very well with Coke and even on it's own it's great.



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User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

In Bermuda we mix it (traditionally) with Ginger Beer. For those who don't know, it's a soda.....very very fizzy, and heavily ginger-flavored.It sounds strange, but it's a good combination.


'Somebody tell me why I'm on my own if there's a soulmate for everyone' :Natasha Bedingfield
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