One of the questions we hear most often is what do I need to stock in my bar? It’s a tricky question and one that ultimately comes down to personal taste. But here we’ve attempted to round-up tips and tricks we think may help turn your home into something special.

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.

2. VERMOUTH
Essential for Manhattans and Martinis so definitely a necessity.

3. BITTERS
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.

*DON’T FORGET*
Simple syrup is a cocktail basic used in everything from Mojitos to Daiquiris. Simply dissolve equal parts white sugar and water.