A Minimalist's Guide To Bartending

There comes a time in life when mixing coke and rum does not suffice. For young 20-something year old men this involves over investing in bar furniture, bottles of liquor, and cocktail making accessories.

Facing this moment I asked a minimalist bartender friend advice on starting a home bar to which she replied...

"You don't need much. You need whisky for people that like whisky. You need gin for people who don't like whisky, and you need tequila for getting drunk."

Words of wisdom. She was then kind enough to give me the following recipes. Enjoy!



Drink: Old Fashioned

Bottle: Old Overholt Rye Whiskey

What You’ll Need:

  • Double Old Fashioned Glass
  • Wood Muddler
  • Big rock ice maker
  • Jigger
  • Regans’ Orange Bitters
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Raw Cane Sugar
  • Fresh Lemon

When To Make: When you ask your guest if they like whisky and they say “yes.”


  • Add 1 teaspoon sugar, 2 dashes angostura bitters, 2 dashes regans’ orange bitters, and 0.5 oz water into Double Old Fashioned Glass
  • Muddle until you no longer hear the sugar crunching
  • Add big ice rock
  • Add 3 oz whisky
  • Add a few lemon drops
  • Stir



Drink: Gin Gimlet

Bottle: Hendricks Gin

What You’ll Need:

  • Coupe Glass
  • Shaker
  • Jigger
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh lime
  • Homemade simple syrup

When To Make: When you ask your guest if they like whisky and they say “no.”


  • Add to shaker:
    • Ice
    • 0.5 oz fresh squeezed lime
    • 0.5 oz simple syrup
    • 2 oz gin
  • Shake well
  • Pour into coupe glass



Drink: Shots

Bottle: Don Julio Blanco

What You’ll Need: Don’t get shot glasses, unnecessary. Use the Coupe or Double Old Fashioned glass from above recipes.

When To Make: You’re looking to expedite the inebriation.

Recipe: Pour into Coupe or Double Old Fashioned glass.