5 Essentials For Any Liquor Cabinet

Stocking a liquor cabinet doesn’t have to be super expensive. In fact, about $100 will get you all of the basics you need.

By Martin Kessler

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If you’re putting a liquor cabinet together from scratch — and everyone has to start somewhere, right? — you can put a decent one together for about $100 or so. Doing so will give you and your guests ample drink options, which will certainly come in handy if someone you’re dating drops in for a post-date cocktail.

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bourbon
#1. BOURBON
Whiskey is blowing up in popularity. In 2012, whiskey sales outpaced those of gin, vodka, and tequila for the first time. Our suggestion: Go with bourbon; it’s a type of whiskey that has no additives other than water, and it’s sweeter than other whiskeys because of the amount of corn used in its production.

Varsity: Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey ($37)
This 10-year-old Bourbon scored a “Gold Outstanding” at the 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC).

JV: Maker’s Mark ($30)
It’s not too pricey but still good enough to drink neat.

Make a Whiskey Sour:
• 1.5-2 oz. whiskey
• .75-1 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
• 1 tsp. sugar
• Cherry or lemon wedge as garnish (optional)

TAGS: alcohol, booze, bourbon, drinking, gin, vodka

 

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