Note from the Editor: Please welcome Roger, our new cocktail columnist! He's bringing us a project I've been dreaming of for quite a while: The 9-Bottle Bar, designed for those of us with limited space and budget but a thirst for great cocktails. I would be remiss not to mention David Solmonson's 12 Bottle Bar, which we discovered while researching this column and is another great resource for building a smaller bar. We're going to push the envelope and see what we can do with just nine bottles and a repertoire of classic drinks. Enjoy! — Faith
Brace yourself for the following: you can craft a dizzying array of cocktails from a surprisingly small number of spirits and mixers. It's just a matter of owning the right bottles (that, and a little know-how).
Welcome to The 9-Bottle Bar, a new column dedicated to helping you amass an efficient, versatile, reliable-in-a-pinch home bar, without spending a fortune and ending up saddled with ingredients you'll seldom use. Here's a look at what we're going to bring you over the next nine months.