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guest post: how to create the perfect home bar

This post was brought to you by Ruth Hinds on behalf of Gurasu. Gurasu specialises in fine crystal products for the more discerning customer, with ranges that include crystal vases, champagne flutes and much more. After my search for the perfect bar cart, I thought this was the perfect follow-up.

If you enjoy a tipple or two, creating a bar in your home can be a great idea. After all, what would be better at the end of a long day in the office than coming back to your own little well-stocked drinking area? Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to create the perfect home bar.

Buy a good selection of glasses
It’s no good making delicious drinks if you don’t have anything to serve them from! Ideally, you should have wine glasses, short glass tumblers and tall glasses. Stocking up on these basics will mean that you always have the correct glass, regardless of what drink you’re making. Over time, you can build up a wider collection.

Stock up on necessary equipment
There are a few essentials when it comes to equipment. These include cocktail shakers, ice bags, strainers, spoons and ice cube trays. Once you’ve purchased these items, most of them will last a very long time and can be used again and again.

Choose a select few bottles of alcohol
There’s no need to have 12 varieties of every spirit imaginable in order to have a good bar. Instead, choose one good bottle of vodka, gin, tequila, rum and bourbon, plus any specific favourites that you might have. This selection will allow you to make almost any cocktail imaginable, and reduces the risk of your spirits going off while they stand unused. All you’ll need to add is a few mixers, and you’re ready to go.

Consider friends who don’t drink alcohol
Don’t forget that not everyone will want to drink alcohol when they’re visiting your home. To ensure that you can cater for all tastes, think about what you could serve that’s imaginative and won’t leave the non-drinkers feeling left out. You could mix orange and grapefruit juice together with a splash of soda, for example, to make an exciting non-alcoholic drink.

Take inspiration from a book or two
If you really want to get creative, consider buying a couple of cocktail books for inspiration. You probably already have a few favourite drinks up your sleeve that you’d like to try making, but your menu could soon get boring if you don’t have a little extra help. Mixology is a true art, and once you start reading up on the subject, you’ll find that the possibilities are endless.

Host your opening party
Now all that you need to do is open up your bar to your friends and family! Invite everyone round and sharpen your cocktail making skills with plenty of practice.

Do you have a bar in your home? What tips would you share with others who’d like to do the same?

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1 comment:

  1. I'm toying with the idea of splurging on this https://www.luluandgeorgia.com/orson-wine-rack and making it the mini-bar in my new apartment, but I'd go wild if I could! it's such an easy and fun way to take your entertaining to the next level. Jon had to talk me out of putting 29367548930 different glasses on our wedding registry!

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