Right now, sitting with friends in our favorite bar seems a very distant memory and recreating your favorite drink has become an important way to raise your spirits (no pun intended) and channel those good times at home. Building a back bar to a professional level is an expensive exercise, so to begin I would suggest purchasing these key bottles which will allow you to make a wide variety of classics.
Some other ingredients worth keeping around if you have them are:
Once you’ve built-up your bar with these items, a large amount of drinks will become available to you, and obviously if you have a favourite spirit which is missing (I’m looking at you, vodka drinkers) then add where needed. If you really dislike something (tequila isn’t everyone’s favorite, for example), leave it out.
Here are a few of my favourite classic specs which I always go to:
Negroni 30 ml Campari 30 ml gin 30 ml sweet vermouth
Combine in a rocks glass full of ice. Stir for 15 seconds, garnish with an orange wheel. Enjoy.
Manhattan 60 ml bourbon 30 ml sweet vermouth 2 dashes angostura bitters
Combine in a cocktail shaker (a glass or mason jar is fine if you don’t have one). Stir for 15 seconds and serve in a Martini glass (or over ice, if you prefer). Garnish with a cherry if you have one. If not, just drink it – it’ll still taste great.
Margarita 60 ml tequila 30 ml lime juice 15 ml simple syrup
Combine in a shaking tin filled with ¾ ice. Hard shake for 15 seconds then pour over rocks with a lime wheel.
Martini 60 ml gin 15 ml dry vermouth
Combine in shaking tin, stir for 15 seconds. Pour into a Martini glass or over rocks, if you prefer. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Once your drink is made, FaceTime your friends, raise your glass to the future and being able to make one for them in person.