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Creating craft cocktails at home can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be.  I personally prefer easy, and if you’re set up right, even complicated drinks can be simple to make.

The first thing you need to decide is how much you want to invest.  Booze is expensive.  It also takes up a lot of space, which adds to the cost.  I suggest you start small.  First, small is less expensive and you can spread your cost over time as you expand your bar.  Second, if you try to accomplish too much too quickly, you will buy things you won’t use.

Once you’ve settled on a budget, you will need to decide what to buy, where to store it and where you will make your cocktails.  The following are some thoughts on these subjects.

The Shopping Lists:

          The Tools

          The Ingredients

Putting it all together

         Setting Up Your Bar

         Getting Started

Just a few things to know before you dive in.

Mixing

Straining and Filtering

Muddling

Sweeteners

Juices

There are several popular cocktails that are simple to make and require only a few ingredients.  Check out these:

  • The Old Fashioned

    The first cocktail.  It is a base liquor, usually rye or bourbon, plus bitters and a sweetener.  That’s it.  No red candy cherries and no muddling orange peels.  So check out these examples to get started

  • The Martini

    Either gin or vodka.  Add a fortified wine, typically vermouth, and stir.  Sorry James.  This cocktail is easy to make and to customize.  Look here for examples

  • The Manhattan

    A popular classic cocktail that has remained virtually the same for decades.  Check out the classic and some variations here.

  • The Margarita

    The famous drink from Mexico.  Use good tequila and fresh lime.  Here are a few easy recipes.

  • Sours

    This is a wide ranging group of drinks.  From a whiskey sour to Tiki drinks, they’re booze and juice.  Look here and start shaking.

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