GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - 'Tis the season for lots of guests whether you are hosting a party or just a small gathering. Mixologist Mike Gharrity with the Exchange and Alibi Lounge in downtown Minneapolis shared five things you should always have in your home bar so you're ready for those unexpected holiday guests. And don't forget the 'mocktails' for those who prefer to not drink alcohol and the kids.

Holiday Bar Stocking Must-Haves

  • Scotch
  • Aged Rum
  • Piney Gin
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Orange Bitters

Rob Roy

2 oz Blended Scotch

.75 oz Quality Sweet Vermouth

2 dashes orange bitters

Garnish with a Brandied Cherry and Served in a Low Ball Glass

-For more flare and flavor light a strip on fire, then extinguish so you have a smoking ember at the end then put both drink and smoking cedar strip under a clear cake cover. The flavor of the smoke stays with the glass and adds deep and intriguing notes.

Aged Rum Daiquiri

2 oz Aged Rum

1 oz Lime Juice

.75 oz Simple Syrup

Combine ingredients in a shaker. Shake vigorously until you hear or feel the ice breaking apart. Strain into a Coupe glass. No garnish. For added flavor, try adding some all spice to your sugar and water when you prepare simple syrup.

Non Alcoholic Drink

Mike's Mock-jito Fizz

1 Lemon Wedge

1 Lime Wedge

1.5 oz orange, pineapple, or cranberry juice.

.5 oz simple syrup

Cucumber or Mint Optional

Soda Water or Ginger Ale