Cocktails needn't be hard, and with the proper preparation, you can usually make a damn good drink even when your bar is sparsely populated.
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This may seem like a frivolous question, especially while we're all still digging out from this mess, but as Sandy demonstrated, a massive storm brings two problems: there's not just the problem of what do you do if the power goes out, but there's also the issue of what you do while you're waiting.
You're digging through Grandma's liquor cabinet and you find some dusty old bottles of Canadian Club, Bailey's, and Martini & Rossi. And you might be wondering whether they're actually still any good.
Over at The Kitchn, Nancy Mitchell suggests 12 essential bottles of booze for making cocktails at home. She lists gin, light and dark rum, silver and reposado tequila, bourbon, rye, sweet and dry vermouth, absinthe, vodka, and Cointreau. Do you think this covers all the essential categories? Which bottles of booze are indispensable to you?