It's Spirits Month! Get in on all the booze-filled fun.
Stocking a bar may seem daunting. Instead of buying everything at once, try making a shopping list using recipes for your favorite cocktails, keeping seasonal ingredients—in this case fall and winter—in mind.
My 12-bottle bar for fall (see the slideshow) is organized around the components of a cocktail: base spirits like apple brandy, modifiers including vermouth, sweeteners such as maple syrup, bitters and some bubbly for long drinks like a highball or fizz. There are more modifiers than anything else because they're what you need to make cocktails.
The list (download the pdf) features spirits and mixers prepared with seasonal produce, including pears, apples and pumpkins from a broad geographic swath spanning sea to shining sea. And one from the state of Oregon—where we're gearing up for Portland Cocktail Week in my new hometown.
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