The DIY Home Bar

Make your own falernum, grenadine, and maraschino cherries

By Amy Wisniewski

So you’ve got your backyard chickens clucking, your pancetta curing, your home-brew a-brewin’, and now it’s time to relax with a cocktail. But you can’t go dropping a nasty plastic maraschino cherry into a Manhattan and serving it to your urban-homesteading pals. While we can’t offer any recipes for making your own bourbon, we have put together recipes for some cocktail fixin’s that are surprisingly easy to make at home. Plus some drinks in which to enjoy them.


  • Citrusy Brandied Cherries
    Make »

    Easy Homemade Grenadine
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  • Exotic Flavors of Falernum
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    Classy Maraschino Cherries
    Make »

  • Classic Cocktail Onions
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    Basic Orange Bitters
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  • Cocktail Recipes to Get
    You Started
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    Tools to Help You Mix
    Drinks Like a Pro
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Amy Wisniewski is associate food editor at CHOW.

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