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The Ultimate Bar Stocking Guide: Essentials for Every Occasion

Creating a well-stocked home bar is like curating a personal collection of liquid treasures, each with the potential to turn an ordinary evening into a memorable occasion. Whether you’re a seasoned mixologist or a social sipper, having the right ingredients at hand is key to crafting the perfect drink. Use the list below to get started.


  • Bottle opener
  • Corkscrew; cork puller
  • Long cocktail spoon or stirring rod
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Jigger w/ ounce measure marks
  • Sharp pairing knife & cutting board
  • Strainer (coil rim) & slotted spoon
  • Peeler; Zester
  • Pour spouts
  • Wine preserver, vacuum pump & stoppers
  • Muddler
  • Stainless steel measuring spoons
  • Ice bucket & tongs
  • Citrus fruit juicer/reamer
  • Wine aerator
  • Whiskey chilling stones
  • Wine decanter w/ funnel & filter screen
  • Water pitcher
  • Blender
  • Bartender recipe book
  • Glassware (8 to 12 each)
    • Wine stemware (red, white, flute)
    • Old-Fashioned/”Rock” glasses
    • Highball glasses
    • Y-shaped cocktail/Martini glasses
    • Beer mugs & Pilsner glasses
    • Shot glasses
    • Cordial glasses
  • Plenty of ice, toothpicks/ swizzle sticks, napkins & mini straws


  • Wine (red, white, & rosé; dry & sweet vermouth, dry/medium/sweet sherry, tawny & ruby port, sparkling wine/champagne)
  •  Beer (Ales & Lagers)
  •  Ciders
  •  Hard Liquors/Spirits
    • Vodka, gin, whiskey (bourbon, scotch), white & dark rum, sake, white (silver) & gold tequila, brandy/cognac
  •  Liqueurs
    • Amaretto, orange (Grand Marnier, Cointreau, Triple Sec), limoncello, Blue Curaçao , Sambuca, coffee (Kahlua), chocolate (Godiva), raspberry (Chambord), melon (Midori), herbal (Galliano), crème de cacao, crème de menthe, cream (Bailey’s), amaro (Aperol, Campari)
  •  Bitters
    • Angostura, Peychaud’s bitters


  • Mixers
    • Club soda, ginger ale, cola, mineral water, tonic water
  • Juices
    • Lemon, lime, cranberry, pineapple, tomato, orange, olive, mango, grapefruit
  • Fresh & Bottled garnishes
    • Mint, lemons, limes; maraschino cherries, olives, cocktail onions
  • Syrups
    • Mint, vanilla, grenadine, Orgeat (almond), simple syrup/gomme
  • Sauces, & Extras
    • Tabasco & Worcestershire sauces, heavy cream, rimming sugars, black pepper & salt, egg white (for safety: egg white powder)


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