Checklist: How to Stock Your Home Bar

By Kathy Barnes

Get the party started with this quick guide. Before you hit the market, think about how you entertain. For a complete bar, use this shopping list. For a scaled-back version, shop for what you know you'll use and enjoy.

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You can't have a bar without it.
  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Rum
  • Vermouth
  • Tequila
  • Whiskey
  • Champagne
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Liqueurs


Once your bar is stocked with a basic selection of alcohol, you can create many other drinks with a few mixers.
  • Cola
  • Ginger ale
  • Citrus soda
  • Tonic water
  • Club soda
  • Grenadine
  • Bitters
  • Fruit juices
  • Simple syrup


Add flavor and flair to your drinks with fresh garnishes.
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Olives
  • Onions
  • Mint
  • Maraschino cherries


Serve drinks in the barware designed to deliver the best experience.
  • Highball or tall glasses
  • Champagne flutes
  • Shot glasses
  • Rocks glasses
  • Wine glasses
  • Margarita glasses
  • Martini glasses

Tools & Utensils

These drinks just won't make themselves. Get the right tools for the job.
  • Shaker with strainer
  • Jigger
  • Bar spoon
  • Muddler
  • Ice container
  • Bottle opener
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