For a well-equipped home bar, you’ll want to ensure you have a variety of tools, spirits, mixers, and glassware to cater to a wide range of tastes and cocktail recipes. Here’s a basic list to get you started:


  • Vodka – A versatile spirit used in many cocktails.
  • Gin – Essential for classic cocktails like the Martini and Gin & Tonic.
  • Rum (both white and dark) – For tropical drinks like Mojitos and Pina Coladas.
  • Tequila – For Margaritas and Tequila Sunrises.
  • Whiskey (including Bourbon and Scotch) – For Whiskey Sours, Old Fashioneds, and Manhattans.
  • Brandy or Cognac – For Sidecars and Brandy Alexanders.
  • Vermouth (both dry and sweet) – For Martini and Manhattan.


  • Triple sec (or Cointreau) – A citrus-flavored liqueur for Margaritas and Cosmopolitans.
  • Amaretto – An almond-flavored liqueur for Amaretto Sours.
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream – For creamy cocktails and coffee drinks.
  • Campari or Aperol – For Negronis and Aperol Spritzes.


  • Club soda and tonic water
  • Cola, ginger ale, and lemon-lime soda
  • Juices (orange, cranberry, pineapple, and lime)
  • Simple syrup and grenadine
  • Angostura bitters – A staple for many classic cocktails.


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Strainer
  • Jigger (measuring tool)
  • Bar spoon
  • Muddler
  • Citrus juicer or reamer
  • Ice bucket with tongs
  • Bottle opener and corkscrew


  • Highball and lowball (Old Fashioned) glasses
  • Martini glasses
  • Wine glasses (for both red and white wines)
  • Shot glasses
  • Margarita glasses and copper mugs (for Moscow Mules)


  • Garnishes like lemons, limes, oranges, maraschino cherries, and olives.
  • Cutting board and knife for preparing garnishes.
  • Cocktail napkins or coasters.
  • Ice maker or trays for plenty of ice.
  • This list covers the essentials, but feel free to customize your home bar based on your personal preferences and the types of drinks you enjoy making.