A well-stocked bar is an essential aspect of a man’s home. While there are no hard and fast rules to bar stocking, no bar should be without three vital spirits: Vodka, Gin, and Bourbon.
First of all, vodka is one of the most versatile potables around. You can mix it with just about anything, or, if it is high enough quality, drink it straight up or on the rocks. I recommend Ketel One for the bartender on a budget, and Grey Goose or Belvedere if you have some money to splurge.
Gin, a personal favorite, should be in every man’s barsenal. A well-made gin martini or gin and tonic is scientifically proven to cure any and every ailment a man could possibly encounter. Okay, maybe not, but it will make you forget about that ailment, if only for an hour or two. I encourage you to splash the cash on Bombay, Bluecoat, or Tanqueray because the difference is that noticeable, but if you must, Ivanabitch is an adequate substitute.
Lastly, every American man’s bar needs some Bourbon for obvious reasons. Bulleit Bourbon, Maker’s Mark, and Woodford Reserve are always safe bets if you can afford them. If not, Jack Daniels or Jim Beam will get the job done.