The 12 Bottles
These twelve bottles form the foundation of 12 Bottle Bar. Here’s what didn’t make the cut.
Founded in 1863, Kübler is from Val-de-Travers, Switzerland, the birthplace of Absinthe. The same family that made Kübler then produces it today.
The Remy VSOP is 55% Grande Champagne and 45% Petite Champagne — the most central and, arguably, the finest Cognac grapes grown.
Gin is the undisputed king of cocktail spirits. Built upon a neutral spirit base, great gin is a symphony of juniper, spices, botanicals, and citrus.
The origins of genever go back five hundred years. I like to think of it as a “proto-spirit”, a common relative to modern gin and whiskey.
- Orange Liqueur
With three phenomenal brands to choose from — Gran Torres, Grand Marnier, and Cointreau — it’s hard to go wrong here.
- Gold Rum
Crack a bottle of Pusser’s and take a wiff. If you don’t say “wow”, see a doctor. Then, take a sip. Taste the undernotes of vanilla and pineapple, and as you do, keep this in mind — this isn’t a flavored or spiced rum.
- Rye Whiskey
Rittenhouse is a fabulous bottle that’ll only set you back about $20. Sure, there may be better rated brands on the market, but not many. And they’ll cost you a bit more.
- Irish Whiskey
Triple-distilled in pure pot stills and aged for 12 years, the result is an unblended masterpiece of flavor and smoothness.
- Dry and Sweet Vermouth
You can’t make a Martini or a Manhattan without Vermouth, which makes them essential to any home bar.
- Angostura and Orange Bitters
The Caribbean’s Angostura bitters are the perfect accompaniment for sea-faring gin and rum drinks, while Orange Bitters are the key to several classic cocktails.