What ingredients should I get for most cocktails?

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I recommend getting Vodka, Tequila, Lime juice, Grenadine, White vermouth, Gin, White rum, Lemon-Lime soda, Cherry Brandy, Absinthe, Overproof rum, Sugar Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Lemon Juice, Lime Cordial, and Soda water. These ingredients will give you the versatility to make a wide variety of cocktails to suit different tastes and occasions.
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What are the most essential ingredients for a home bar?

Essential ingredients for a home bar include vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, various fruit juices, soda water, sugar syrup, and bitters. These basics allow you to mix a wide variety of cocktails.

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How do I store cocktail ingredients properly?

Store liquor in a cool, dark place away from sunlight. Fresh ingredients like juices should be kept in the refrigerator, while bitters and syrups are best stored in a cool pantry.

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Why are bitters used in cocktails?

Bitters add complexity and balance to cocktails, often rounding out the flavors and adding depth. They are typically used in small amounts due to their strong flavor.

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Can I make my own sugar syrup?

Yes, sugar syrup is easy to make at home by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat until fully dissolved. Store it in a bottle in the refrigerator.

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What is the purpose of soda water in cocktails?

Soda water adds effervescence and can lighten the overall flavor of a cocktail. It’s often used in drinks like Vodka Collins and Mojitos.

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