People at a cocktail party

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If you're planning a cocktail party, prep your home bar with must-have spirits, cocktail ingredients and garnishes to make sure you have everything you need to keep drinks flowing and guests entertained.
Bottles of liquor

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Spirits List
Be sure to have at least one of each of these bottles. Add in specialty items later.
  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Rum
  • Tequila
  • Scotch whisky
  • Bourbon
  • Brandy
  • Flavored liqueurs
  • Bitters
  • White wine
  • Red wine
  • Beer
Glasses of juice

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Cocktail Ingredients: Juices
  • Cranberry
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Pineapple
  • Tomato

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Cocktail Ingredients: Mixers
  • Bottled water
  • Club soda
  • Cola and diet cola
  • Ginger ale
  • Grenadine
  • Half-and-half
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Tonic water

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Garnishes
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Spanish olives
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Pearl onions
Homemade Ingredients

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Homemade Ingredients

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