Note from the Editor: During the holidays we're rerunning our 2014 cocktail column, The 9-Bottle Bar, which was our column designed for those of us with limited space and budget but a thirst for great cocktails. What can you shake or stir with just nine bottles and a repertoire of classic drinks? Revisit Roger's smart posts and recipes — all here just in time for New Year's Eve. — 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.