Workhorse Spirits for Your Home Bar

It can be a challenge to find base spirits of a high enough quality to make good cocktails and a low enough price to make them often. I hope this list of recommended ingredients will help you get started!

The particular ones I've included are mixologically versatile, of good quality, and inexpensive by the standards of their respective categories (the target is always the $25-$35 per bottle price range). They're also reliably available outside of greater Boston; if you'd like to know more about spirits specific to New England, visit our "Drink Local" page.

This list grew out of a blog post on bar staples back in 2016. It will continue to evolve as prices change and new products become available or old ones cease to be, so be sure to keep checking back!

Applejack
Laird's Straight Apple Brandy

Brandy
Courvoisier VSOP

Gin
Slightly Drier - Beefeater
Slightly Sweeter - Plymouth
Slightly More Citrus-Forward - Citadelle

Mezcal
Banhez

Rum
Amber - Rhum Barbancourt 8-Year
White - Flor de Caña 4-Year White

Tequila
Espolòn (Blanco, Reposado, or Añejo)

Whiskey
Rye - Rittenhouse
Bourbon - Buffalo Trace

Vermouth
Dolin (Sweet or Dry)

Vodka
Tito's