I’m going to go out on a limb here and wager that when you open your liquor cabinet, you have trouble deciding what to make. However, the problem lies not in the lack of options, but the sheer abundance of them. Should you use the Aperol or Campari? What one of ten gins should go into your martini? Do you really feel like putting in the effort to make a tiki drink using that lovely bottle of Lemon Hart 151 sitting out front? (of course you do Paul)
After a long moment of surveying the scene, you’ll inevitably fall back on a familiar cocktail, likely one you’ve been enjoying to excess that week (the Kaiser has been quite enamored with Absinthe Suissesses since Tales).
But what if, instead, your problem was a lack of ingredients?
What if you could only have 10 bottles of alcohol for the rest of your life?
Obviously the bottles would be replenishable, but you could never have any other spirits or even brands of a particular spirit. What would you choose? Here is my semi-thought-out list:
The 10 List
- Plymouth gin
- Lemon Hart 151 rum
- Sazerac 6 rye whiskey
- Carpano Antica
- Noilly Prat dry vermouth
- Coruba dark Jamaican rum
- (making this list is giving me great distress by the way)
- Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
- Laphroaig 40-year
- Chartreuse (or a gold rum… or absinthe… oh this is a big problem!)
- What’s your list of 10? Don’t forget to include the brand!