Tips on How to Set Up and Stock a Home Bar

The popularity of home bars is on the rise as we spend more time at home. The best home bar for grown-ups is one that offers something to offer guests, and if nothing else, it can add an unexpected element of design to any space. It’s a good idea to have something on hand, even if you don’t drink. You can set up a space that not only has all the essential tools but is also beautiful and inspires you to experiment, no matter if you’re just getting started making cocktails or have been mixing for years. People are getting creative when it comes to creating and designing their home bars, using previously wasted space, or converting part of their basements into relaxing and entertaining spaces. You can set up your own home bar with these eight tips.

Pick The Right Spot

You can easily transform an empty wall, a closet, or a small attic into a small home bar by using them for what they are. You can also use some shelves or cabinets to display creative displays and small countertops, a console table, or bar cabinets to set up a home bar. Create a functional yet simple home bar from wasted space in your home. furniture, such as a console table or side table, can be used as your bar in a tight apartment. Alternatively, you can put your favorite spirits and tools on a stylish tray in your kitchen.

Essential Liquors

You can list some of your favorite cocktails and popular drinks that you would like to serve to guests on a list. If you are a whiskey lover, you can get an OAK aging barrel. You can blend several bottles of your chosen liquor through this at the same time and serve also as a dispenser for your drinks. Make a shopping list with the liquors you like and make sure you have the supplies you need to make the drinks that are most important to you.

Choose The Right Accessories

In a home bar, you should have all the ingredients you need for cocktails, not just alcohol. It’s important to have everything at your fingertips, all at once. Your drink will look better if you use these right accessories. Shakers are the most important items to have, as they come with a metal tin and a mixing glass. You can choose your preferred shaker, since there are some that seal better when shaking and the glass can be used for other purposes, such as muddling or stirring. You can use muddlers to make mojitos and caipirinhas, and you can also use them to make old-fashioned fruit cocktails. In addition, you may also need one of the different liquor dispensers if you are a big entertainer who loves to serve wine and spirits. It is convenient to mount multiple bottles together in one place when using these devices. Consistency can only be achieved with a jigger. You should look for one with graduations on the inside since many recipes use fractions of ounces in their recipes.

Garnishes

There are many great and favorite recipes that call for lemons and limes in the kitchen. You should also include sugar cubes, or fine white sugar, in your home bar. Additionally, you can make herbal cocktails at home by adding a basil plant and a mint plant. In addition to sage and thyme, other herbs can also be used as garnishes. In addition to martinis and bloody marys, cocktail olives, onions, horseradish, salt, pepper, and hot sauce can also be used.

Lighting

You can greatly improve the quality of your home bar setup by putting a little extra thought into it. In addition to the overall design, lighting can also play a significant role. Under-cabinet lighting, unique pendants, rope lights tucked under shelves, or LEDs that change color are all options for installing. Your home bar will certainly look better with any of these lighting options.

Glassware

Although aesthetics are important, glassware isn’t all about them. You can enhance the flavor of your cocktail and the drinking experience by using the right glass. However, glassware does take up quite a bit of space, so it might be best to get glasses you’ll usually use instead. For those who prefer drinking their spirits neat, or on the rocks, rock glasses, also known as Old Fashioned glasses, are a great choice. 

Low ball glasses are short tumblers that look like they would be used for whisky sours and spirit-forward drinks like the Old Fashioned (hence the name). You can even use highball glasses as drinking glasses for long drinks. They are usually used for G&Ts and other fizzy drinks. If you prefer wine, choose glasses based on the wines you usually drink, and if you prefer shaken drinks, choose coupette glasses. If you prefer chilled drinks, choose chilled coupette glasses. Crystal glasses are a great investment if you have the budget and want to splurge. Vintage pieces can also be mixed and matched with secondhand items or online marketplaces.

Glassware

Mixers, Syrups, And Bitters

Mixers and syrup in your cocktails are the keys to experimenting with the flavors. In addition to fruit juices (fresh and ready to drink), soda water, tonic water, cola, ginger ale, and highballs are also used to enhance spirits’ flavor. In a cocktail, sweeteners (such as souring agents like citrus) are essential to balance and enhance the flavors. Do not skip them out on this ingredient. A bitter cocktail adds a little extra punch to a cocktail and is a key ingredient in some classics. If you have a large fridge, you may want to keep some mixers and homemade syrups there.