1. KEY SPIRITS
You could just pick one, but really any good home bar will have at least four essential liquors: vodka, gin, rum, and whiskey. When you’re ready for more, layer on tequila and brandy.
Essential for Manhattans and Martinis so definitely a necessity.
Like cheddar, the generally accepted principle is that bitters makes everything better.
4. ORANGE LIQUEUR
Considered the bartender’s best friend, it’s a key ingredient in Sidecars and Margaritas.
5. FRESH FRUIT
Lemons, limes, & oranges help ensure that you’re ready to finish and garnish your cocktails.
Simple syrup is a cocktail basic used in everything from Mojitos to Daiquiris. Simply dissolve equal parts white sugar and water.