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Stocking Your Bar
People at a cocktail party
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
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
Cocktail Ingredients: Juices
  • Cranberry
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Pineapple
  • Tomato

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

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