Hi there. I am trying to start my first “real” cocktail bar. I need suggestions for the various spirits, hardware, seminal texts and bitters/anything else I should have on hand. I am trying to keep the budget under 4-500 dollars all in. I would like to focus on artisan and low production spirits and bitters that emphasize quality and craftsmanship (and hopefully value) over marketing panache. Tito’s vodka comes to mind as an example. I would also prefer local (Brooklyn/tri state area if possible), but that is not essential.
I imagine I will need a rum, vodka, whiskey, tequila and bourbon. What am I missing?
Some kind of muddling instrument, martini set, stirring sticks…I’m really not sure.
Straws, salt for rimming glasses etc. Taking suggestions.