Welcome to the second installment of our “Outfitting a Home Bar Under $50 (including booze!)” series. These guides are meant to be used either as is, or as a starting point to at least get the essentials in order so you’re not stuck with guests and no cocktails. If you have some extra change we’re also including one way to upgrade it as a bonus at the end of the guides!
Today is for all you gin lovers out there. The Gin and Tonic is another easy to whip up, refreshing cocktail to have on hand for yourself and guests. You’ll just need a few essential bar tools and only three ingredients to make your drink. This cocktail is also easily adaptable to other ingredients on hand, so you can change it up when the feeling strikes.
Gin & Tonic Home Bar Under $50 ($49.60)
- Ice cube tray: 1.25″ ice cubes are the perfect size for your highball glass and you’ll need a whole tray for guests and your next round.
- Limes: because you’ll need a squeeze of lime. I like to keep at least 3 on hand because I find odd numbered things pleasing to look at.
- Pairing knife: a sharp knife will precisely cut your limes and double opening that stubborn wrapper on your gin bottle.
- Bar spoon: for gentle stirring of drinks.
- Gin: you can splurge for a full 750 ml bottle of Beefeater because it’s good and cheap.
- Jigger: 1 ounce and 2 ounces is all you’ll need here for precise measurements.
- Tonic water: I’m a fan of Q-Tonic and tonic in cans I find easier to store in my home bar.
- Highballs: get yourself to Ikea and get yourself some perfectly acceptable highball glasses in cases of 6 under $5. Sweet deal.
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**Prices on products are subject to change and we cannot guarantee that you’ll still be able to score all this under fifty bucks come holiday season. Or two years from now. Pricing not including shipping and local taxes.