An at-home bar is a true centerpiece for any party. It’s where your guests gather around, give you their drink orders, and watch you spin the bottles of alcohol as a real professional bartender would. Just as any other bartender, the most important part of having a bar is making sure that you have all of the necessary accessories to make any drink that your guests could possibly think of.
If you don’t have all of the essentials on this list, then it’s highly recommended that you add them to your collection as soon as possible or risk looking as if you are a complete amateur.
If one of your guests comes up to you and asks you to make a Twelve Mile Limit, you most likely won’t have a clue about what he or she is talking about. But if you had a recipe book of cocktails, then you would know that the Twelve Mile Limit requires white rum, brandy, rye whiskey, grenadine, and lemon juice. If you had a recipe book, then you’d also know that your guest is looking to get quite tipsy that night so you might want to ask for his or her car keys once you’re done making the Twelve Mile Limit.
A Quality Juicer
Any time that someone orders a drink that requires fruit, do you tend to use a bottle of fruit juice instead of fresh fruit? It may be convenient and easy but it doesn’t really look too classy, does it? Instead of using artificial fruit juices, get yourself a fruit juicer instead. Right before your party, head to the grocery store and get some of the most common fruits found in cocktails. You’ll surely impress your guests when you pull out a fresh organic pineapple and your juicer to make their piña coladas.
Fresh, Delicious Garnishes
Nothing says cocktail hour quite the same way that a tray of fresh garnishes does. Make sure that you come to the party prepared with a nice decorative tray full of cherries, olives, lemons, limes, and pineapples! Your guests will be excited to see that their drinks look as good as they taste.
The Proper Glassware
Sure, you can put your guests’ drinks in any old glasses but wouldn’t it look nicer if their drinks were in the appropriate glassware? Make sure that your bar has the following pieces of glassware to make your bar look truly professional:
- The Martini Glass: This type of glass is usually used to serve, you guessed it, martinis! This glass typically holds three to six ounces and the martini is usually served without the accompaniment of ice.
- The Highball Glass: Pretty much anything made with gin is served in a highball glass, which can hold up to 10 ounces of liquid.
- The Old-Fashioned Glass: If you’ve ever ordered a White Russian, in a bar then you’ve been served a drink in an old-fashioned glass before. These glasses are typically used for short mixed drinks with ice.
You also want to make sure that you include champagne flutes, wine glasses, and beer mugs. And if you want to get a little fancy, you could purchase some specialty cocktail glasses as well.
Alcohol and Mixers
You certainly can’t have an at-home bar if you don’t have it stocked with alcohol and the appropriate mixers. Make sure to fill up your bar with some of the more popular types of alcohol as well as the alcohol that you know your friends like specifically. It’s also important to make sure that you have some mixers as well. Make sure to get mixers that you know will be used the most often; this way, you’re not spending money unnecessarily on things that will never be used.
A Way to Keep Things Cool
Nobody wants to be served a warm Jack and Coke so that’s why it’s important to find a way to keep things cold, such as your ice. Unless you have the means to install a mini-fridge, you should probably just purchase an ice bucket to ensure that all of your guests have nice, cool drinks to enjoy.
Having your very own bar at home is a great way to bring your friends together to enjoy each other’s company. With these accessories, you’ll be able to create great drinks for your friends that will definitely leave them impressed.