Now that you have your base spirits all taken care of, it’s important to update your bar with some added extras. A simple gin and tonic is nice, but wouldn’t a splash of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur make it even better? You don’t need to use this all the time, but it is something nice to have just in case you want to give your cocktail a little something extra. Here are my suggestions for great liqueurs to introduce to your back bar:
St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Godiva Mocha Liqueur
Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey
Wild Turkey American Honey Liqueur
Barenjager Honey Liqueur
Hiram Walker Caramel Apple Liqueur
Bonus For Your Bar: Bitters
Really want to impress your guests with your updated home bar? Throw in a few bottles of bitters. People can be really intimidated by the thought of using bitters, probably because they assume that it will make their drink, well, bitter. Contrary to popular belief, when using the right amount, which is a very, very small amount, bitters will enhance your cocktail to a degree that you didn’t even know was possible. Here are a few bitters brands to look into--with my favorite flavors highlighted. Check out their websites and see what else they have to offer!
The Bitter End - Chesapeake Bay Bitters, Jamaican Jerk Bitters, Memphis Barbeque Bitters
Bitter Truth - Celery Bitters, Aromatic Bitters, New Orleans Creole Bitters
AZ Bitters Lab - Mas Mole #2 Bitters, Figgy Pudding #2,
Bittermens - New England Spiced Cranberry Bitters, New Orleans Coffee Bitters, Boston Bittahs, Xocolatl Mole Bitters
Next week, I’ll finish out this series with part two of how to update your home bar, focusing on the bar tools you need to have. Cheers!