The Perfect House Bar

The Perfect Bar

I recently received the “Bartender’s Pocket Guide” by Kathy Hamlin from my father for Christmas, and after looking through the countless recipes and informative lessons, I wanted to know how to put together a perfect bar in my house. This wouldn’t be something just to satisfy my preferences in alcohol (which are limited), but be able to accommodate a wide array of cocktails, martinis, aperitifs, and shots for any guest I may have over. I took the morning to go through and pull some data from the book to make a few tables of the most recurring liquors in each of the categories, in order to best stock my bar, or anyone looking to put together some liquor for the next time they have friends over (I know, nerdy, right?)

I separated the drinks into the four categories: cocktails, martinis, aperitifs, and shots. Then, I counted the occurrences, and took the top 10 in each category, along with the top 10 alcohols overall. Here’s the list so you can easily find out what you want to put in your bar for each occasion! While this doesn’t account for “on the rocks” types, the mixed drinks are all covered 🙂 .

THE PERFECT TOTAL BAR

Total Number of Drinks = 688

Liquor – Percentage Occurrence in Drinks

1. Vodka – 25.29%

2. Gin – 14.24%

3. Amaretto – 12.21%

4. Rum – 11.19%

5. Brandy – 10.47%

6. Bailey’s Irish Cream – 10.32%

7. Kahlua – 10.17%

8. Triple Sec – 8.58%

9. Southern Comfort – 7.41%

10. Chambord – 6.98%

Since different types of drinks require different types of alcohol though, here’s the list of top 10 liquors strictly for cocktails, followed by the other types of drinks:

THE PERFECT COCKTAIL BAR

Total Number of Drinks = 339

Liquor – Percentage Occurrence in Drinks

1. Vodka – 27.43%

2. Rum – 17.11%

3. Gin – 14.16%

4. Brandy – 12.39%

5. Triple Sec – 11.50%

6. Amaretto – 10.62%

7. Southern Comfort – 10.32%

8. White Creme de Cacao – 7.37%

9. Kahlua – 6.49%

10. Malibu – 5.90%

 

THE PERFECT MARTINI BAR

Total Number of Drinks = 46

Liquor – Percentage Occurrence in Drinks

1. Gin – 58.70%

2. Dry Vermouth – 41.30%

3. Vodka – 34.78%

4. Sweet Vermouth – 13.04%

5. Triple Sec – 6.52%

6. Cointreau – 6.52%

7. Blue Curacao – 6.52%

8. Chambord – 6.52%

9. Champagne – 4.35%

10. Creme de Cacao – 4.35%

 

 

THE PERFECT APERITIF BAR

Total Number of Drinks = 34

Liquor – Percentage Occurrence in Drinks

1. Dry Vermouth – 47.06%

2. Sweet Vermouth – 41.18%

3. Gin – 35.29%

4. Brandy – 23.53%

5. Dubonnet – 11.76%

6. Whiskey – 8.82%

7. Campari – 8.82%

8. Triple Sec – 8.82%

9. Dry Sherry – 8.82%

10. Scotch – 5.88%

 

 

THE PERFECT SHOT BAR

Total Number of Drinks = 269

Liquor – Percentage Occurrence in Drinks

1. Vodka – 24.16%

2. Bailey’s Irish Cream – 23.79%

3. Amaretto – 17.84%

4. Kahlua – 17.84%

5. Midori – 11.15%

6. Chambord – 11.15%

7. Peppermint Schnapps – 8.55%

8. Brandy – 7.43%

9. 151 Rum – 7.06%

10. Peach Schnapps – 7.06%

 

 

And there’s always need for mixers, so I recorded the most recurring mixers in the total list of drinks as well. Make sure you’re stocked up on these in your house bar, or else there’s no party  at all.

THE PERFECT BAR MIXERS

Total Number of Drinks = 688

Mixer – Percentage Occurrence in Drinks

1. Orange Juice – 12.65%

2. Pineapple Juice – 11.92%

3. Half & Half – 11.48%

4. Grenadine – 9.45%

5. Sour Mix – 9.30%

6. Cranberry Juice – 7.99%

7. Club Soda – 6.69%

 

So, my nerdiness is bound to be your benefit :). Now you know the exact liquors to get if you’re looking to throw a party, and there will be people there you don’t know preferences of, or you are looking to make a very wide variety of drinks. Enjoy, be safe, and may many fantastic parties be had in 2009!

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~ by trentgillaspie on January 4, 2009.

7 Responses to “The Perfect House Bar”

  1. You are such a nerd.
    WOW.

  2. This reminds me of a blog post I read a while back – the statistically perfect chocolate chip cookie: http://www.megnut.com/2007/05/a-mean-chocolate-chip-cookie.

    You should also do a statistical analysis and find variations based on region, ethnic makeup, age, average temperatures of different places and people. (i.e. Tequila may show up more often, closer to the border while blue curacao will be seen in warmer, tropical climates, and vodka will be more popular with younger audiences, etc).

    Just sayin….

  3. wow, gin was higher up there than you remembered.

    will bookmark for future reference…!

    p.s. write a book 😉

  4. Haha. That was very entertaining. Thank you for sharing.

    I wonder what the breakdown would be for bars in different countries.

  5. In terms of different countries, I’ll see what research I can pull up. We are, after all, ranked number 40 in top drinking countries: http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=23826 .

  6. Haha, so Luxembourg is the country that drinks the most. That is really funny. I wouldn’t have guessed anyone drank more than the Irish.

    That would be so exciting if you came up with bars for other countries. I swear, that would be the greatest thing ever, to throw one party per weekend and have a themed country each party, and have bar that makes the drinks you’d most likely find in that country. I’m totally gonna do that someday!

  7. Diggin the idea of a party for each country’s top alcohol preferences!

    Nice stats 🙂 Good work

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