State of the Bar – 2018

Hello and welcome to the first ever annual bar update here at Bayou Saccharum!

Just this weekend, I upgraded my home bar area. It transitioned from a corner of the counter in my kitchen, to the whole back wall of the dinning room. It may look empty now, but it’s got plenty of room to grow! First I’ll show you the progression, then go over what bottles and trinkets line my shelves.

The Beginning:

I don’t have a true “before” photo, but you get the gist from these photos. It was basically an expanding section of the kitchen with my bottles and accessories all huddled together in the corner. If I was going to continue, they would need a new home, and fast.

The Transition:

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetFor about a week while we had friends in town, I moved everything to an empty space under a window. While it looks good, I know I didn’t want to store it here long term for fear of the sunlight affecting the liquor.

The Final Resting Place:

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetHere we have the new setup! It’s not 100% finished, I’m still waiting to hang some artwork and possibly a shelf above the buffet for even more storage. But for now it’s home and my bottles couldn’t be happier!

Now on to the annual bar inventory!


Processed with VSCO with e5 presetRum: 9 Bottles

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  • Lucid Absinthe
  • Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka
  • Grey Goose Vodka
  • Absolut Vodka
  • Maker’s Mark Whisky
  • Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey
  • Tanqueray London Dry Gin
  • Jagermeister (kept in the freezer)

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetAdditives:

  • Diet Coke
  • Coke
  • Sanpellegrino Lemon Soda
  • Izze Pomegranate Soda
  • Honey
  • Simple syrup
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Angostura Orange Bitters

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetAccessories:

  • Wooden Citrus Reamer
  • Bar Knife
  • OXO Measured Jigger
  • Bar Spoon
  • 3 Piece Cobbler Shaker
  • Handheld Citrus Juicer
  • Soda Stream Carbonator

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Mention to your parents that you are looking for some vintage glasses, and when Christmas rolls around, you’ll end up with something like this.

  • 6 3-oz Cocktail Glasses
  • 2 4-oz Cocktail Glasses
  • 5 5-oz Cocktail Glasses
  • 2 6-oz Pink Depression Era (maybe) Glasses
  • 4 6-oz Coupe Glasses
  • 4 8-oz Engraved Pewter Jefferson Cups
  • 5 Various Sized Champagne Glasses
  • 4 Highball Glasses
  • 6 Double Rocks Glasses (not pictured)
  • 2 Branded Cane Land Double Rocks Glasses (pictured below)

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  • Death and Co. Modern Classic Cocktails


Whew! That’s a pretty good start to what I know is going to grow into an ever expanding and expensive hobby. Stick around to see what I add this year!

Starting an Infinity Bottle

Curious about “infinity bottles”? Have you ever even heard of one? They seem to have gained prominence sometime in 2012 after being mentioned on a youtube whiskey vlogger’s channel.

I discovered the idea when I was trying to learn more about home blending, or making your own “house bottle” of rum from a number of other bottles and styles of rum.

The idea behind the Infinity Bottle is simple, as bottles in your collection get low, and you end up with not enough left for a full drink, pour the remains into a single bottle. The result is a completely custom and unique bottle of rum that evolves over time with your tastes.

The concept of an IB grew on me, along with my collection growing on the counter. I like the no-pressure approach to blending. Some people track exactly how much they add and drink from their IB, but that seems exhausting and in my opinion, takes away some of the fun.

Anyway, here’s how my Infinity Bottle began.

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I started off with a mix of Flor de Cana 4 Years, Plantation Barbados 5 Years, and Appleton Estate Signature Blend. A little more Flor de Cana and a little less Plantation, but roughly 1 part each.
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I had originally planned to clean off and use the Plantation Bottle, since it was my favorite of the 3, but I decided to use a simple swig-top bottle I had in the cabinet instead.
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I poured them all together using a little funnel and gave it a little swirl to help them marry together.
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The blend ended up being a very intriguing and welcoming amber color.

My intention is to just mix everything together, gold, silver, and dark, and just have fun with it!

I don’t have any plans to taste it right away. I’m interested in adding a few more rums before I give it a try.

What do you think about Infinity Bottles? Cool? Weird? Gross? Leave a comment and let us know if you plan on trying it.

Running List of Rums in my Infinity Bottle: