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Essential Spirits and Mixers

By: Cat Collard - Updated: 9 Jun 2010 | comments*Discuss
Cocktails Essentials Bar Spirits Mixers

To contain absolutely everything in your bar or drinks cabinet can prove very expensive and sometimes impossible. However, by having a few of the basics from the lists below will allow you to make your favourite cocktail at a moments notice, whether it is a refreshing Pina Colada in the sun or an Old Fashioned in front of the fire, you'll be prepared.


  • Vodka
  • Rum (dark and light)
  • Brandy
  • Cognac
  • Gin
  • Scotch whiskey
  • Bourbon
  • Vermouth (dry and sweet)
  • Sparkling wine
  • White and red wine
  • Triple sec
  • Various liqueurs of your choice


  • Fruit juices (orange, pineapple, tomato etc)
  • Soda water
  • Coke
  • Lemonade
  • Ginger ale
  • Tonic water
  • Grenadine
  • Angostura bitters


  • Maraschino cherries
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Black and green olives
  • Nutmeg
  • Sugar syrup
  • Caster sugar
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt

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