The "Basic 8" consists of the primary liquors that you need to make a large variety of drinks. You can always spice things up and have more on deck, but at the bare minimum, you should have the Basic 8. The Basic 8 includes five (5) light liquors and three (3) dark liquors. The light liquors are:
The dark liquors are
To complement the Basic 8, we recommend these mixers:
◦7Up or Sprite
◦Sweet and Sour Mix
With these basic ingredients, your home bar is set up to literally mix hundreds of unique drink recipes. Don't forget the water, beer, wine and fruit garnishments to add another level of variety!
Last but not least, every home bar needs the proper tools. At a minimum, you will need a 3-Piece Cocktail Shaker, Wine Opener and Bottle Opener. For the elaborate ones, you can also use a napkin caddy to hold your napkins/coasters and drink stirrers/straws and a fruit garnish tray to hold your sliced limes, lemons, olives and cherries. For your bar supply needs, please visit our Online Bar Supply Store to purchase fun bar tools and equipment at our deeply discounted rate.
Relax and enjoy your event! Hire JC Bartending and let us bring the party to you. When making your shopping list of things to buy for the party, be sure to add The Basic 8!