Do you enjoy entertaining guests at home? Do you enjoy a drink or two after a long day at the office? If you answered yes to both, then having a properly stocked bar in your home is highly necessary.
Setting up a home bar is not as complicated as it looks. You don’t even have to be an expert when it comes to mixing drinks. However, there are things you need to know and understand before setting up your bar.
First, make sure you stock your bar with alcohol that you enjoy drinking. While there’s nothing wrong with choosing spirits you think others would love, choosing drinks you prefer is a proper thing to do. After all, it is your bar and you are its main customer. Besides, choosing the spirits you enjoy would give you time to learn how to mix and concoct different alcohol variants. Then, when you have guests over, you can let them sample your signature drinks.
Second, don’t attempt to create a full working bar from the get-go. Start small; meaning, you only need to buy a few spirits to stock in the bar. You can add to your collection gradually. Remember, setting up your home bar is not a race to the finish. It’s not a sprint where speed is of key importance. Think of it as a leisurely walk in the park; enjoy stocking your bar and take pleasure from seeing your collection grow.
If you plan to mix your own drinks, start with your favorite cocktail. Buy the ingredients you need to make it. If you enjoy a glass of martini, then buy a bottle of gin and vermouth. Having the necessary ingredients to mix a cocktail or two is a good place to start. Once you get the hang of mixing drinks, then you could expand your selection so you can start mixing other cocktails.
Third, buy what you need to ensure that your home bar is properly stocked. Earlier, we mentioned that you should start with a bottle of gin. It’s a versatile spirit that can be used as base for a variety of cocktails. You should also buy a bottle of vodka, which is perfect for mixing drinks. Other drinks you should have in stock are Scotch whisky (Scotch-inspired liquor), Bourbon whiskey (a liquor of Irish and American descent), tequila, and rum.
Since a bar is typically where you mix drinks, you need mixers to complement the above-mentioned spirits. Club soda, tonic water, soda (Coke, 7-Up, or Sprite), juices (orange, tomato, pineapple, or cranberry), and ginger ale are some of the famous mixers that bartenders use when mixing drinks. Don’t forget to buy garnishing, too, such as lemon, lime, olive, salt, and of course, ice.
Finally, buy glassware and other items necessary to mix drinks. Drinking is more enjoyable when you’re using the right glass, so make sure you have martini glasses, wine glasses (for both red and white wine), beer mugs, Scotch glasses, and tall glasses. It’s also a good idea to have a martini shaker and strainer handy.
There you have it – everything you need to know when it comes to starting a home bar and keeping it properly stocked.