Hosting a party at home is a great way to spend time with friends and family, but a party is incomplete without cocktails. Setting up a home bar can be intimidating for even the most experienced bartenders, but with a little planning and some essentials, you can create a bar that will make your guests feel like they’re at a real bar.
The first step to creating a home bar is to decide where you want to set it up. Ideally, it should be a space that is easily accessible and has enough room for your bar tools, glasses, and liquors. A large kitchen island, a corner of your living room, or a space in your basement can all make great home bar locations. Once you've found the space, it's time to set up your bar. You'll need the following essentials:
The essential components of any home bar are bar tools and glassware. A shaker, cocktail strainer, jigger, and bar spoon should be considered the bare minimum. You should also make sure you have a corkscrew, bottle opener, and a muddler. The glassware is also important for making and serving cocktails. Although there are many different types of glasses for different types of drinks, at the very least, you'll need some rocks glasses, highball glasses, and martini glasses.
Liquors are the building blocks of cocktails, and you should have a few different types of spirits on hand. Vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and whiskey are all essential spirits to have in your home bar. To make cocktails, you'll also need some mixers such as juices, tonic water, and soda. You should also have bitters, simple syrup, and grenadine on hand to add depth and sweetness to your cocktails. Make sure you choose quality brands that you enjoy drinking straight as well as in cocktails.
With your essential tools and ingredients, you are well on your way to creating a successful home bar that will allow you to entertain friends and family while serving delicious drinks. However, your bar doesn’t have to be utilitarian. Add some final touches like a decorative bar caddy or coasters. You could even add a chalkboard or a small chalkboard sign to display the night’s menu. With time, your home bar will evolve, and you’ll know what works best for you. Enjoy your new home bar and have fun trying out new cocktail recipes!