Kaiser Penguin throws down a challenge to the cocktail bloggers:
What if you could only have 10 bottles of alcohol for the rest of your life? Obviously the bottles would be replenishable, but you could never have any other spirits or even brands of a particular spirit. What would you choose?
I’m interpreting the question as being about what I actually use on a regular basis rather than what I’d use if I had an infinite budget. I’m also assuming beer doesn’t count, or else at least half these bottles would be replaced by ales. So by way of procrastinating on the things I really should be working on, here’s the ten bottles I feel like I reach for the most and would most miss:
Lagavulin 16-year-old Scotch
10 Cane rum
Noilly Prat sweet vermouth
Noilly Prat dry vermouth
St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
No vodka. I’m starting to appreciate it more, but for the most part I feel like most things that are made with vodka just get better with gin. Tequila, rye, and the various brandies I’d miss much more. Much as I’d like to include absinthe, there’s just not enough point without the rye and cognac. If I could add an eleventh it would be Deniset Klainguer violette liqueur. It’s not versatile enough to make my top ten, but it sure would be frustrating having all the other ingredients for an Aviation on hand and not being able to make one. Actually, that’s the feeling I have in a lot of bars.
Anyone else want to play?
Update: This is hard, I’m changing my mind already. How did I forget Cointreau? Chartreuse, you’re cut. Cointreau, you’re in.