Build a Better Bar Part 3: Tools and Tomes


1 1/2 oz gin
1 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
Few dashes orange bitters <Regan’s>

Stir with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass.

This classic is considered to be the father of the Martini, or at least a heavy influence on what would later become the more popular “Gin and Vermouth” drink.  Ever since discovering it a few years ago I have always enjoyed the sweet/dry interplay between the gin and vermouth.  A wonderful lesser known classic indeed.

We’re wrapping up this month’s Build a Better Bar series by talking about essential tools as well as some of my suggestions for worthwhile resources to keep around the house. First, let’s tackle the tools.  While you can get away without most of these, your life will be much easier with them.

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Build a Better Bar Part 2: Through the Drinking Glass

Supersonic Parachute

3/4 oz Bourbon <Woodford Reserve>
3/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
3/4 oz Benedictine
3/4 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist


There are really only two things you need to know about glassware.  1) With just some cocktail glasses, rocks glasses, and Collins glasses, you can serve a wide variety of drinks in their preferred natural state.    2) You rarely need to pay full price for glassware.  Let me explain. Continue reading

Build a Better Bar Part 1: Poppin’ Bottles

Training Wheels

1 1/2 oz bourbon <Woodford Reserve>
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/4 oz lemon juice

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass


I’m gonna drop some serious knowledge right here.  The drinks you make are only as interesting as the bottles in your bar.  Admittedly, this is not rocket science, but figuring out what bottles to stock can be a daunting endeavor.  Think of it like cooking.

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