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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"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!"