It’s been quiet around here of late because the booze has all been packed away. I’m in the process of refinishing my bar top, which had been painted with a white latex paint by the previous homeowners. Years of liberal dashings of bitters, drips of wine and rings of godknowswhatelse had taken their toll on the surface and I just couldn’t stand it any longer. It’s remarkable how quickly an Angostura stain will set… pretty much instantaneously, in my experience, and it’s not a nice color. That’s all gone now, thanks to the intervention of some potent chemicals, elbow grease, various grades of sandpaper and lots of vacuuming. Now I’ve just to stain it and apply several protective layers of spar urethane. Shouldn’t be more than a week or so.
In boxing all the bottles up, I took the opportunity to dispose of some of the more questionable items that had been hiding in the shadows (where did that blackberry Manischewitz come from?), and inventory the rest of the stock. Not because it’s a particularly exciting read, but because it’s likely to be a long, long time before I do it again. It seemed a worthwhile exercise.
This shouldn’t be taken as a definitive list, mind, but a snapshot. Base spirits rotate in and out on whims, or as they are consumed. Liqueurs tend to stick around a lot longer and to be augmented when something new is called for. Noilly Prat is no longer distributed in Oregon, which is saddening, so I must pick up some Vya soon. I really should keep a vodka around, just to be polite. Do please comment if there’s something missing that you consider an essential ingredient.
Cutty Sark Scotch, Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon, Elijah Craig 12 year Bourbon, John Powers Irish, Old Overholt Rye, Pappy van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Bourbon, Teachers Highland Cream
Aviation, Bombay Sapphire, Mr. Boston Sloe Gin, Plymouth, Seagrams Extra Dry
10 Cane, Bacardi 151, Bacardi Superior, Cruzan Blackstrap, Lemon Hart Demerara 151, Maui Dark, Mount Gay Eclipse, Mount Gay Special Reserve, Myers’s Jamaican, Pirassununga Cachaça 51, Rhum Barbancourt 5 star
Alto del Carmen Pisco, Clear Creek Douglas Fir Eau de Vie, Courvoisier VS, Koenig Apricot Brandy, Koenig Peach Brandy, Laird’s Applejack, Slakethirst Apple Brandy
Liqueurs, Cordials &c.
Amaretto di Amore, Benedictine, Bols Blue Curaçao, Bols Crème de Cacao, Bols Orange Curaçao, Bols White Crème de Menthe, Campari, Cynar, Chateau Monet Liqueur Frambois, Cherry Heering, Cointreau, Crème de Cassis de Bourgogne, DeKuyper’s Peachtree Schnapps, Drambuie, Fernet Branca, Frangelico, Galliano, Green Chartreuse, Jacquin’s Crème de Cassis, John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum, Krogstad Aquavit, Linie Aquavit*, Leone Lemoncello, Leroux Kirschwasser, Maraska Maraschino, Marie Brizard Parfait Amour, Slakethirst Pimiento Dram, Slakethirst West Indies Falernum, Southern Comfort 100, Tuaca, Yellow Chartreuse
Vermouths and Apertifs
Boissiere Extra Dry, Carpano Antica Formula, Churchill’s Port, Dubonnet Rouge, Hartley & Gibson’s Dry Fino Sherry, Lillet Blanc, Martini & Rossi Rosso, Punt e Mes
Angostura Bitters, Fee Brothers Mint Bitters, Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters, Fee Brothers Peach Bitters, Fee Brothers West Indies Orange Bitters, Holland House Orange Bitters, Peychaud Bitters, Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6, Underberg Bitters
A. Monteaux Orange Flower Water, Demerara Simple Syrup (1:1), Everclear, Fee Brothers Fee Foam, Fee Brothers West Indies Style Falernum, Nalewka Babuni Peach something-or-other, Pimm’s No. 1, R&L Sweet and Dandy Mauby Syrup, Slakethirst Lapsang Souchong Vodka, Slakethirst Grenadine, Stone’s Original Green Ginger Wine, Torani Orgeat