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Updated Essentials for Stocking Your Home Bar

Oct 07, 2014 | Post By Brodey Sheppard

It starts with just a couple of bottles, or maybe an old shaker––better yet, a suitcase set with a few cocktail-making tools and tumblers, and slowly, over time, you begin to collect the beginnings of a home bar.

Now, if I want to stock a home bar with alcohol and the "must have liquor for your home bar" that will offer versatility, range and value-for-money, which liquors should I buy first?

Starting with Vodka, Rum, and Whiskey to give you a little starting range. They give you something that you can mix, a little bit more depth and something that's a little bold and hearty.

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It's easy to over think the home bar, and to assume you need to spend a couple hundred at the Liquorteria or better yet save some money ordering right here just to get started. Use your personal judgment to decide whether you are going to stock everything in this list or only the essentials to fit your individual taste and budget. Here's the standard list of essentials you really need.

Essentials for Stocking Your Home Bar


Having at least one bottle of each will ensure that you can mix up almost any cocktail you want because these are the foundations for many cocktail recipes.

With all of the type of alcohol above available here at, what should be obvious is that the quality of the liquor matters more if you plan on drinking it with fewer ingredients–or on its own.


These are some of the most common and essential liqueurs that you should consider when stocking your home bar.


(As you know, it's a thumb rule - White wine goes with white meat and red wine with red meat)



  • Cola
  • Club Soda
  • Tonic Water
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Irish Cream


  • Limes
  • Fresh mint and basil
  • Lemon
  • Green Olives
  • Kosher Salt
  • Maraschino Cherries


When it comes to bar tools, only a few items are truly essential.


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These ingredients will also allow you to make some of the most famous cocktails such as:

  • Cosmopolitan
  • Tequila sunrise
  • Martini
  • Mojito
  • Bloody marry
  • Daiquiri
  • Kamikaze
  • Margarita
  • Long Island Iced Tea
  • etc

Once you’ve acquired the essential items above, congratulations!

You’ve got a basic home bar! There’s always going to be something you’re missing (“do I have any like…um…that equipment or flavor?”) but don’t worry, invest in basic equipment, stock up on essential liquors, and you can have a spread that will impress amateurs -- and even make professionals nod in quiet approval.

So, that was Liquor Online's mini guide on 'Essentials for Stocking Your Home Bar', you can buy all the liquors for your home bar from Liquor Online - One of the largest online liquor stores in UK.