How to shop for a bar on a BUDGET



Go to and use code ANDERS to get $20 off your first box! Thanks to Shaker & Spoon for sponsoring today’s video.

Grab the bottles I use most at Curiada!: 👉

Today I’m showing you what bottles I’d buy to build out my bar – on a budget! Buying alcohol for your bar can get expensive pretty quickly, and I know a lot of people can relate, so I gave myself a strict $100 budget to go out and buy some bottles I could start a home bar with. This was trickier than it sounds because I couldn’t get every bottle I wanted! I then gave myself an additional $100 to expand upon the list – you’d think this would make things easier, but it wasn’t. I didn’t always go for the cheapest options, and I didn’t buy in bulk (that’s where the real value is). In some cases I went with higher quality in smaller volumes because I use those ingredients as modifiers in smaller measurements. In the end I came in under budget to get the bottles I needed to make some of my favorite cocktails (recipes listed below)! Of course, cater your list to the drinks you enjoy or want to explore – but here’s the direction I took things. Cheers!

Thanks Binny’s and Garfields for letting us crash your stores!

TIME STAMPS
Intro: 0:00
$100 Core List: 2:05
Shaker & Spoon: 7:40
$200 Expansion Pack: 8:54
Cocktail Examples (List 1): 13:16
Cocktail Examples (List 2): 14:13
Sign off: 15:17

1. THE DAIQUIRI
2 oz. (60 ml) Rum
3/4 oz. (22.5 ml) fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. (15 ml) semi-rich simple syrup (1.5:1 sugar:water)
Lime wheel garnish

2. QUEEN’S PARK HOTEL SUPER COCKTAIL (Video:
1.5 oz. (45 ml) Rum
1/2 oz. (15 ml) Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz. (15 ml) fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. (15 ml) homemade grenadine
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Lime twist garnish

3. SCOFFLAW (Video:
1.5 oz. (45 ml) Rye Whiskey
3/4 oz. (22.5 ml) Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz. (15 ml) fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. (7.5 ml) homemade grenadine
2 dashes orange bitters
Expressed orange peel garnish

4. MANHATTAN (Video:
2 oz. (60 ml) Rye Whiskey
1 oz. (30 ml) Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Cocktail cherries for garnish

5. MARTINI
2 oz. (60 ml) Gin
1 oz. (30 ml) Dry Vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
Expressed lemon peel or olives for garnish

6. SIDECAR (Video:
1.5 oz. (45 ml) Cognac
1 oz. (30 ml) Orange Liqueur
1/2 oz. (15 ml) fresh lemon juice
Sugared rim garnish

7. WHITE LADY (Video:
1.5 oz. (45 ml) GIn
3/4 oz. (22.5 ml) Orange Liqueur
3/4 oz. (22.5 ml) fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. (7.5 ml) semi-rich simple syrup (1.5:1 sugar:water)
1 egg white OR 3/4 oz. (22.5 ml) aquafaba (chickpea water)
Expressed lemon oil

8. 12 MILE LIMIT (Video:
1 oz. (30 ml) Rum
1/2 oz. (15 ml) Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz. (15 ml) Cognac
1/2 oz. (15 ml) fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. (15 ml) homemade grenadine
Expressed lemon peel garnish

9. NEGRONI (Video:
1.5 oz. (45 ml) Gin
3/4 oz. (22.5 ml) Campari
3/4 oz. (22.5 ml) Sweet Vermouth
Expressed orange peel garnish

10. VIEUX CARRÉ (Video:
3/4 oz. (22.5 ml) Rye Whiskey
3/4 oz. (22.5 ml) Cognac
3/4 oz. (22.5 ml) Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz. (15 ml) Bénédictine DOM
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Expressed lemon oil

THE TOOLS
Double jigger:
Large shaking tin:
Small cheater tin:
Hawthorne strainer:
Fine mesh strainer:
Mixing glass:
Bar spoon:
Julep strainer:
Peeler:
Rubber bar mat (6″x12″):
My citrus bottles:
My syrup carafes:

As an Amazon Associate I earn commissions from qualifying purchases made through links in this post.

Follow Me:
Instagram:
Twitter:
Facebook:

Send stuff to:
Anders Erickson
4610 N. Clark St
Suite 1051
Chicago IL, 60640

Co-produced with the lovely Azusa “Az” Inaba 🎥 🎨

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.