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STOCKING THE MODERN LIQUOR CABINET

STOCKING THE MODERN LIQUOR CABINET

David Spielman
13 minute read

Stocking The Modern Liquor Cabinet 20220608 - Tom Cruise in Cocktail 1Keep your reputation as both a sage and gracious host pristine all night long again and again with our Gallantry Man tips for stocking the modern liquor cabinet and before long your home bar will become the go-to watering hole in town.
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Having a sleek and simple modern liquor cabinet well-stocked with the good stuff is a must for any Gallantry Man. By setting up a sturdy and elegant home bar headquarters, whether it be a bar cart, an actual liquor cabinet, or just a slice of your kitchen counter, you will not only vastly improve your living space with killer ambiance in a major way (not to mention give you a great excuse to mix yourself a nice speakeasy-style cocktail for a fraction of the cost at the end of a long day), but it will also provide you with many opportunities to entertain guests like the absolute MVP that you are so that you can win at life by conversing with only those who you truly want to actually converse with.

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While the sky is certainly the limit in terms of how long you want your modern liquor cabinet shopping list to be, today we’re going to get into the Gallantry Man basics, the essential poisons that you’ve just got to pick, as well as the proper garnishes, mixers, equipment, and recipes to bring your whole situation full circle.

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Whether you’ve never made a cocktail in your life or you’re reading this a full three sheets to the wind, don’t fret. We’ve got your back and we’re going to hook you up with some serious modern liquor cabinet knowledge.

That’s right. It’s time to build you the most legendary Gallantry Man modern liquor cabinet ever.

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THE ESSENTIALS: LIQUOR

Liquor is the base, the spirit (get it?) of any great modern Gallantry Man liquor cabinet, so having a suitable supply of the mainstays is preferable. That means vodka, whiskey (you know how we like our bourbon at Gallantry), rum, tequila, gin, and vermouth.

You’re officially off to the races now, Gallantry Man.

VODKA

Just because this clear spirit (which is most often distilled from potato or wheat) is simple, doesn’t mean it’s not the money. In fact, the simplicity of vodka is what makes it versatile, and its versatility is what makes it a classic.

You can’t go wrong with classics like these…

Grey Goose Vodka

Ketel One

Reyka Vodka

WHISKEY

The primer for so many classic cocktail recipes, a good whiskey is truly a beautiful thing.

By whiskey, we specifically mean bourbon

Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon Whiskey

ELIJAH CRAIG  SMALL BATCH

RUSSELL’S RESERVE SINGLE BARREL

Scotch…

Macallan 12 Year Sherry Oak Cask Single Malt Scotch

ISLE OF SKYE BLENDED SCOTCH

Monkey Shoulder

GLENLIVET FOUNDER’S RESERVE

Rye…

Bulleit Rye Frontier Whiskey

Irish Whiskey…

JAMESON BLACK BARREL

Even Japanese Whiskey…

Hibiki Japanese Harmony Whiskey

RUM

For those moments when you want to bring that beach vibe to your liquor cabinet, you’ve got to have some great rum – clear (white, silver), gold, dark, it doesn’t matter - on hand.

Some great picks include…

Bacardi Superior

El Dorado

TEQUILA

Want some agave-based action? Like margaritas? Then you already know you need to tequila it up with gems like these…

Olmeca Altos Plata

Casamigos Tequila

ESPOLON REPOSADO

GIN

Juniper berries are at the heart of that precious flavor which gives this incredible spirit, which is distilled from various grains, its unique and identifiable edge.

A true cocktail staple, here are some excellent options…

Plymouth Gin

Hendrick's Gin

Bombay Sapphire Gin

VERMOUTH

This prime time fortified wine is aromatized, so it won’t last as long as your other spirits. Nevertheless, at the very least, you should have at least one dry vermouth and one sweet vermouth nearby.

For Dry Vermouth, you can’t go wrong with…

DOLIN DE CHAMBREY

For Sweet Vermouth, you can’t go wrong with…

CARPANO ANTICA

How you feeling? Great? Great. Let’s keep this party going.

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THE ESSENTIALS: GARNISHES & MIXERS

Unless you’re a hardcore purist and absolutist, you’re absolutely going to want to keep a solid medley of quality juices, maraschino cherries, angostura bitters (there can only be one), fresh lemons/limes/oranges (orange peel, anyone?), club soda, tonic water, sugar cubes, Rose’s Lime Juice, salt, mint, green olives, ginger beer, bitters, simple syrup, cocktail toothpicks and other assorted goodies in and/or around your modern liquor cabinet vicinity.

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THE ESSENTIALS: EQUIPMENT

When it comes to the equipment that you’ll inevitably need to mix and serve drinks like a true Gallantry Man, all you really need to start out with is a solid shaker (a Boston shaker – two parts, one slightly bigger than the other - is great for martinis and the like), a high-quality mixing glass, a strainer, a muddler (to mash mint, herbs, or fruit at the bottom of a glass), a rimmer dish, a bar mixing spoon (with the long handles for stirring drinks), some jiggers (for measuring that sauce in order to end up with the perfect proportions), a small cutting board, a reliable bar mat, a good corkscrew (you know, for your friends trying to get their wine on), and, of course, a grand ol’ ice tray that holds big cubes.

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As its pertains to glasses, having a basic glassware collection that includes coupe glasses, wine glasses, shot glasses, highballs, snifters, martini glasses, and rock glasses on hand is money.

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Speaking of money, the most important equipment to have on hand for the Gallantry Man looking to make a bold statement is undoubtedly our collection of legendary flasks as well as our pre-party shot glass & flask set.

Prepare to arrive, Gallantry Man.

Prepare to arrive.

THE PRE-PARTY SHOTGLASS & FLASK SET FROM STANLEY

PRE-PARTY SHOTGLASS & FLASK SET FROM STANLEY BLACK

PRE-PARTY SHOTGLASS & FLASK SET FROM STANLEY HAMMERTONE GREEN

Whether you’re making your next home bar party an absolute adventure or actually make your next adventure (movie in the park, long-haul bike ride, music festival, hiking, you name it) an absolute adventure, you’ve got to have the Stanley Adventure Pre-Party Shotglass and Flask Set on your person.

The 4 stainless steel shot glasses that nest neatly inside the carrying case won’t break, even if you drop them. Plus, the slim 8 oz. flask holds enough to fill all four shots, while still being able to slide easily into a small bag or backpack.

Oh yeah. This set makes for an unbelievable gift, too.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Set Includes:

         o [4] Shot glasses (2 OZ / 59 ML)

         o [1] Stainless steel carrying case

         o [1] Flask (8 OZ / .32 L)

  • Adventure Series
  • 18/8 stainless steel, BPA-free
  • Nesting System
  • Hand Wash Only
  • 9.9L x 2.8W x 7.1H in

Pre-Party Shotglass & Flask Set

Pre-Party Shotglass & Flask Set

$28.00

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Pre-Party Shotglass & Flask Set

Pre-Party Shotglass & Flask Set

$28.00

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THE MASTER UNBREAKABLE HIP FLASK FROM STANLEY

MASTER UNBREAKABLE HIP FLASK FROM STANLEY BLACK

Finding a good hip flask is a relatively easy task, sure, but finding one that can stand up to the punishment of a Gallantry Man outdoor adventure? Hey, that’s a different story entirely.

Enter the 8 oz. Stanley Master Unbreakable Hip Flask.

This beautiful vessel is built from black powder-coated cold-rolled steel that's both dishwasher safe and tough enough for life on the trails. Better yet, it's BPA-free, leakproof, and even features some seriously nifty internal threading for easier swig-ability.

Lastly, Stanley is so confident in the quality and performance of this flask, heck, they've offered up a lifetime warranty on it.

Yeah. It’s like that.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Foundry black powdercoat-finished cold-rolled stainless steel construction
  • 8 oz. capacity
  • Machined steel cap
  • Wide mouth opening
  • Internal threading on cap
  • Leakproof
  • Dishwasher safe
  • BPA-free
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • 0.6 lbs. weight
  • 5.04" H 3.62" W x 1.38" D

Master Unbreakable Hip Flask

Master Unbreakable Hip Flask

$40.00

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THE EASY-FILL WIDE MOUTH FLASK FROM STANLEY

EASY-FILL WIDE MOUTH FLASK FROM STANLEY HAMMERTONE GREEN.

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This stainless steel wide-mouth flask from Stanley is sleek, slim, and imminently packable. With the ability to easily hold 8 oz. of your favorite beverage, this attractive flask is not only tough enough for everyday carry, but also BPA-free, leakproof, and filled with internal threading that allows for more accessible swigs. Lastly, this bad boy has even got a never-lose-cap, which means that you’ll never lose a single drop – that is, you know, unless you want to.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • 8 oz. capacity
  • Leak proof and packable
  • Never-lose cap
  • Wide mouth opening
  • 18/8 stainless construction
  • Internal threading on cap
  • BPA-free
  • 0.36 lbs. weight

Easy-Fill Wide Mouth Flask

Easy-Fill Wide Mouth Flask

$29.00

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Easy-Fill Wide Mouth Flask

Easy-Fill Wide Mouth Flask

$29.00

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Perhaps no piece of gear speaks more to the character of the man carrying it than a flask. Its style and appearance often conveys as much as the liquid housed inside. It’s the reason why we are so fond of The Sneerwell's Noble Flasks.

Each of these screw-top 6 oz. beverage containers, which are made of sturdy food-safe stainless steel, features a hand-etched design and a unique patina. This translates to no two flasks being exactly alike, which is really neat because in the end that’s exactly how it should always be – a man and his flask, two of a kind.

THE SALTY OLD BASTARD NOBLE FLASK FROM THE SNEERWELL

SALTY OLD BASTARD NOBLE FLASK FROM THE SNEERWELL STAINLESS STEEL

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Hand-etched design
  • Unique patina
  • Screw-top
  • Comes in presentation packaging
  • Includes embossed sleeve
  • 6 oz. capacity

Salty Old Bastard Noble Flask

Salty Old Bastard Noble Flask

$68.00

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THE SEA MONSTER NOBLE FLASK FROM THE SNEERWELL

SEA MONSTER NOBLE FLASK FROM THE SNEERWELL STAINLESS STEEL

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Hand-etched design
  • Unique patina
  • Screw-top
  • Comes in presentation packaging
  • Includes embossed sleeve
  • 6 oz. capacity

Sea Monster Noble Flask

Sea Monster Noble Flask

$68.00

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THE HELL HOUND NOBLE FLASK FROM THE SNEERWELL

HELL HOUND NOBLE FLASK FROM THE SNEERWELL STAINLESS STEEL

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Hand-etched design
  • Unique patina
  • Screw-top
  • Comes in presentation packaging
  • Includes embossed sleeve
  • 6 oz. capacity

Hell Hound Noble Flask

Hell Hound Noble Flask

$68.00

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THE ESSENTIALS: RECIPES

You can find plenty of spots with great drink recipes on the web (liquor.com immediately springs to mind), but go right on ahead with it and hit two birds with one stone by getting learned with one of these cool books to elevate your drink recipe game while simultaneously sprucing your modern liquor cabinet up…

To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion by Philip Greene

The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin

The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks by Dale DeGroff

The Joy of Mixology by Gary Regan

In the meantime, keep your cocktail repertoire looking fresh as can be while shaking and stirring all night long with these standard bearers…

MANHATTAN

  • 2 oz. whiskey (bourbon or rye)
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • cocktail cherry

Combine ingredients over ice. Stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a glass, then top it with the cherry as garnish.

OLD FASHIONED

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • orange peel

Add the sugar and bitters to a rocks glass before pouring in the water. Stir until the sugar is nearly dissolved. Fill the glass with large ice cubes, add the bourbon, and then gently stir to combine. Finally, express the oil of an orange peel over your glass, then drop it in.

TOMMY MARGARITA

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. agave nectar (but you can make simple syrup at home in a pinch)
  • lime

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, over ice. Once you’ve given your concoction a few good shakes, strain it into a chilled glass over a single large ice cube.

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WHISKEY SOUR

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce egg white (optional)
  • angostura bitters

Add bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker and dry-shake for 30 seconds without any ice. Add ice and shake again until well-chilled. Strain it all into a coupe glass before garnishing with a solid 3 or 4 drops of Angostura bitters.

GIN & TONIC

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 4 ounces tonic water
  • 2 lime wheels

Fill a highball glass with ice, then pour in the gin. Top it off with the tonic water and gently stir. Garnish with the lime wheels.

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MARTINI

  • 2 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • lemon twist

Add the vodka, dry vermouth and orange bitters into a mixing glass with ice, then stir (i.e. not James Bond style) until everything is very well-chilled (a good rule of thumb is around 20 to 30 seconds). Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Boom.

TOM COLLINS

  • 2 ounces London dry gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Club soda
  • lemon wheel
  • maraschino cherry

Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a Collins glass. Fill with ice, top with club soda, and give it a nice stir. Garnish with both a lemon wheel and a maraschino cherry.

GIMLET

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • lime wheel

Add the vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup into a shaker with ice. Shake until very well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh lime wheel.

Bingo.

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WHISKEY SODA

  • 2 ounces scotch whisky
  • 1 to 6 ounces club soda, to taste

Gather the ingredients. In a highball or old-fashioned glass filled with ice, pour the scotch in. Top your special blend off with the club soda and stir well.

TEQUILA & TONIC

  • 2 1/2 ounces white tequila
  • tonic water
  • a squeeze of lime
  • salt (for glass rim)

Rim a highball glass with salt. Fill the glass with ice. Pour in the tequila. Fill the rest of the way with tonic water. Garnish with lime wheel.

VODKA & SODA

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • club soda
  • a squeeze of lemon
  • lemon wedge

Fill a Collins glass with ice, then add the vodka. Top with the club soda. Garnish with a lemon wedge, then squeeze some lemon juice into your drink.

NEGRONI

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • orange peel

Add the gin, Campari and sweet vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with large ice cubes. Garnish with an orange peel.

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At the end of the day, it’s your modern liquor cabinet. Tailor that bad boy to suit your individual wants and needs. Meanwhile, now that you’ve hooked your dedicated space up with some excellent Gallantry Man, don’t forget that it’s a continuous work-in-progress.

You can always get your Ernest Hemingway on by getting even more fresh everyday carry for it from Gallantry.

Always.

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