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November 28, 2007
The Well-Stocked Cold-Weather Bar
 

Have These On Hand

  • Lots of ice
  • Fresh limes, lemons, grapefruit, oranges
  • Simple syrup (1 cup sugar and 1 cup water, cooked for 5 minutes, then cooled)
  • Half-and-half
  • Heavy cream
  • Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice
  • Sparkling wine, such as champagne or prosecco
  • Club soda
  • Tonic water
  • Grenadine
  • Cranberry juice
  • Pineapple juice

And For The Summer Bar

  • Stolichnaya vodka
  • Maker's Mark bourbon
  • Flor de Cana Extra Dry 4-Year-Old Rum
  • Sauza Hornitos tequila
  • Plymouth or Tanqueray gin
  • Laird's Applejack brandy
  • Benedictine
  • Martini & Rossi Rosso
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Regan's Orange Bitters
  • Cointreau
  • Noilly Prat dry vermouth

Where to Look

Of the recommended winter-bar bottles, two were harder to find than the others: We found Bols Advocaat, the egg-based Dutch liqueur, at Schneider's of Capitol Hill, www.cellar.com, and at Burka's Wine and Liquor Store, 3500 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-966-7676; and the Wild Turkey Straight 101 Rye Whiskey at Central Liquors, 917 F St. NW, 202-737-2800. As always, though, you can also ask your favorite liquor store to order either one.

 
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