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Stocking Up
By Stephanie Mantello

Intro | Spirits | Mixers | Other Goodies | Servitude

Buying mixers is often the most complicated part of building a home bar. Do you really need ginger ale? And what are bitters anyway? Here are some basics that you should always keep on hand, but check your favorite recipes to ensure you have all the proper ingredients:

Dry and Sweet. Essential for classic Martinis and Manhattans.

So many liqueurs, so little time. These include Schnapps and cordials. You'll need to make some choices from the dizzying array of liqueurs available. If Fuzzy Navels are a favorite, Peach Schnapps are a must. How about a White Russian? You'll need Crème de Cacao for that! Narrow down the list to those that you'll use most often, and then add the rest over time.

Tonic and soda water, cola (regular and diet), lemon-lime (a.k.a. 7-Up or Sprite)

Lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, (spicy) tomato, cranberry, and pineapple

Margarita, Piña Colada, Daiquiri Mix
Frozen cans are convenient and can be stored for months

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