Make good liquordrinks. A Mixology Cocktail guide!

A Listmania! list by Christopher L. Stave
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The list author says: "Maybe you want to make good drinks. Maybe you already make good drinks and want to make AMAZING drinks. You're going to need some of this stuff. Or all of it. Maybe.

With this list I'm aiming for something you can come back to when you've got some spare cash and want something that will make your home bartending skills better. Every item here is not just something 'necessary' -- it is an improvement over the norm.

I'd apologize for the emphasis on ice, but it is likely the single most important element in a good mixed drink."
Tovolo King Cube Ice Tray - Stratus Blue
1.  Tovolo King Cube Ice Tray - Stratus Blue by Tovolo
The list author says:
  "Excellent for a drink on the rocks.  The reduced surface area from having one giant cube provides a very slow melt that is ideal for drinks that need chilling but not watering down.

This tray is easy to fill (not overly floppy on the way in to the freezer) and easy to get the cubes out of."
$8.61   Used & New from: $7.95
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,431 customer reviews)

Torani Syrup, Orgeat (Almond), 25.4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 3)
2.  Torani Syrup, Orgeat (Almond), 25.4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 3) by Torani
The list author says:
  "This is WAAAAY too much orgeat -- you only need a little bit for all of those exotic tiki drinks you've been reading about.  But you can get it on Amazon.  The Tessisiere orgeat is quite good, but really, for very few bucks more, might as well get loads and loads of it and be prepared!"
$29.80   Used & New from: $25.41
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Fee Brothers West Indian Orange Bitters
3.  Fee Brothers West Indian Orange Bitters by Fee Brothers
The list author says:
  "Tastes a bit like Childrens Tylenol.  I'd go with the Regans rather than this.  Half this and half regans is probably ideal, though!"
$10.90   Used & New from: $4.77
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Regan's Orange Bitters No. 6, 5 Ounces
4.  Regan's Orange Bitters No. 6, 5 Ounces by Regan's
The list author says:
  "An excellent Orange Bitters!  If you only buy one Orange Bitters, this is the best one.  Spicy, bitter, and aromatic!"
$10.95   Used & New from: $5.79
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

KegWorks 3-Piece Cocktail Shaker Kit
5.  KegWorks 3-Piece Cocktail Shaker Kit by KegWorks
The list author says:
  "Super cheap!!  Totally the thing you want!  The Boston shaker is the mark of the mixologist -- just throw your ice in the metal part, your liquids in the solid part and shake away!  You'll look 4.7x more awesome!  And you get to use the nice strainer, too!  OR, be extra-awesome and just crack the shaker a little upon opening, and strain directly!"
$12.95
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

OXO Good Grips  Ice Cube Tray
6.  OXO Good Grips Ice Cube Tray by OXO
The list author says:
  "A very nice ice tray.  Stackable, easy to remove the cubes.  I approve!"
$4.99   Used & New from: $3.92
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)

RETRO ALUMINUM ICE CUBE TRAY (SET OF 2)
7.  RETRO ALUMINUM ICE CUBE TRAY (SET OF 2) by B.W.
The list author says:
  "Amazingly nice.  Big Cubes, no twisting.  Probably the best item on this list.  Your ice cube trays are half of your problem.  Fix that."
Out of stock
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Fred and Friends Ice Invaders
8.  Fred and Friends Ice Invaders by Fred & Friends
The list author says:
  "Very cute novelty ice cube tray.  Apparently I'm obsessed with ice.  These are great for a drink that needs to go from strong to less strong, as the melting will dilute the drink.  Cute and interesting."
Out of stock
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

Cocktails #9: Over 2800 Cocktails (Diffordsguide)
9.  Cocktails #9: Over 2800 Cocktails (Diffordsguide) by Simon Difford
The list author says:
  "Expensive, but the BEST guide to making a huge number of drinks.  Seriously.  It is yearly, so get #10 or #11 if it is out!  Or An earlier one if it is substantially cheaper!"
Used & New from: $59.29

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The Joy of Mixology: The Consummate Guide to the Bartender's Craft
10.  The Joy of Mixology: The Consummate Guide to the Bartender's Craft by Gary Regan
The list author says:
  "An excellent book about mixology.  If you're just starting to think that good drinks are good, get this!  If you already think that good drinks are good and don't have this, you should!  The book that got me started.  Thanks, Gary!"
$19.89   Used & New from: $14.18
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

The Cocktail Collective
11.  The Cocktail Collective by Jacob Grier
The list author says:
  "A very good and inexpensive drinks book.  I've got a recipe in this book!  Be sure to try the Tequila Basil Lemonade!"
Used & New from: $27.88
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters 5oz
12.  Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters 5oz by Fee Brothers
The list author says:
  "An excellent bitters from the folks at Fee Brothers.  Versatile and sweet, but distinctive enough!"
$12.75   Used & New from: $7.50
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

Bamboo Skewers, Twisted ends (#CMS1)
13.  Bamboo Skewers, Twisted ends (#CMS1) by House of Rice
The list author says:
  "Oh how fancy your drinks will look when garnished with something on one of these!"
$3.82   Used & New from: $1.00
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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Christopher L. Stave
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Qualifications: Mixologist with a published drink.  Experienced Home Bartender.
Last updated: 2/1/11
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