A home bar may not seem essential when it comes to entertaining guests or even pouring yourself a cold one after a hard day’s night, but believe us, it makes cocktail making simpler, easier and much more fun. It isn’t just meant to stock your liquors but also reflect your personality and preferences. If you’re convinced, here are a few ways to set up a home bar for yourself.
Liquor: This comes first, because this is only thing that can make or break your dream of a perfect bar. Don’t go wild collecting alcohol that you’ve never had just to impress your friends. Buy alcohol that you know you’ll end up consuming and making so you can share your own tastes with guests instead of leaving the bar unused.
Mixers: Again, always get yourself mixers that you personally enjoy. Soda, cola, cranberry juice, Sprite, orange juice, tomato juice, tonic water and pineapple juice are some basics that you could pick and choose from.
Garnishes: Stocking up garnishes in your fridge can add a little twist to your cocktails and also make them look professional. Ice, lemons, salt and sugar are absolutely essential. You can also store cocktail olives, limes, tabasco sauce and cocktail onions for the fancier cocktails.
Glasses and tools: Different glasses work well with different cocktails. Check out our simple guide to what glasses you should pick for your bar. If you’re planning to also get yourself some tools to play around with, you can see a list of essential barware here.
Storage: If you’re not from the posh side of life and can’t afford to have a large space for a cocktail bar complete with alcohol and mixer cabinets and a dedicated fridge, we’ve got you. The garnishes can always go in your fridge. Utilise the cabinets above your fridge to keep the alcohol and glasses and you’ll be all set to whip up some great cocktails in your kitchen.