Inspired by this survey of spirits enthusiasts, I thought I would create my own list of 12 essential bottles I would keep in my home bar if I had to limit myself: 1. Aviation Gin 2. Ransom Old Tom Gin 3. Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac 4. Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey 5. Macallan 18 Single-Malt Scotch 6. Combier Orange Liqueur 7. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 8. Gran Classico Bitters 9. Green Chartreuse Liqueur 10. Rothman & Winter Creme de Violette Liqueur 11. Averna Amaro 12. Dolin Rouge Vermouth I own all the bottles except for the Macallan 18, which is cost-prohibitive. This selection gives me the ability to make a wide variety of cocktails I like. I might improve the rye and the cognac to give me additional options to drink neat. What are your essentials?