5 Items Every Home Bar Needs

Top five cornerstone items a home bar needs to boost your cocktail menu from 5 to 50 drinks regardless of what bottles of booze you have around.

Angostura Bitters: The most common and most delicious of the bitters. (The label is too big for the bottle on purpose)

Angostura Bitters: The most common and most delicious of the bitters.

(The label is too big for the bottle on purpose)

Simple Syrup: You can find simple syrup at most grocers, but a lot of people enjoy making their own. The ingredients are 1-part water to 1-part sugar. Pretty simple right? What a fitting name!

Simple Syrup: You can find simple syrup at most grocers, but a lot of people enjoy making their own. The ingredients are 1-part water to 1-part sugar. Pretty simple right? What a fitting name!

Dry and Sweet Vermouth: Though vermouth can be served on its own as an aperitif, its mainly used as an ingredient in cocktails such as martinis and the Manhattan. Sweet vermouth is available in both white and red.

Dry and Sweet Vermouth: Though vermouth can be served on its own as an aperitif, its mainly used as an ingredient in cocktails such as martinis and the Manhattan. Sweet vermouth is available in both white and red.

Triple Sec (Orange-Flavored Liqueur): Found mainly in tropical drinks, triple sec provides a sweetness and fruity flavor with a kick you won’t get from grenadine.

Triple Sec (Orange-Flavored Liqueur): Found mainly in tropical drinks, triple sec provides a sweetness and fruity flavor with a kick you won’t get from grenadine.

Lemon and Lime Juice: Separately unless you're trying to make home-made sprite.

Lemon and Lime Juice: Separately unless you're trying to make home-made sprite.