Creating a good home bar can seem like a daunting task. From basic things like picking the right glassware to more complicated tasks like learning cocktail recipes, there is a lot to be done. While you may be tempted to go to the liquor store, purchase every drink you can find, and call it a bar, the process requires more time and effort. Here are a few simple tips to make the perfect home bar:
- Get the Basic Tools
Every home bar needs a few basic tools. Even though you do not need to buy all of them at once, plan to have them over time. They include;
- A shaker, preferably one that lets you mix multiple cocktails at the same time
- A cutting board
- A muddler
- A set of towels
- A jigger
- Glass jars and bottles for your juices and syrups
- Wine bottle stoppers
- A corkscrew
- An aerator for your red wine bottles
- A blender
- Invest In Basic Glassware
Glassware can be a huge money pit when creating your home bar. It is more expensive than you may expect. When buying glassware, consider your drink preferences. Do not buy glassware that you won’t use. Here are a few glasses to start with:
- Red Wine Glasses
Invest in red wine glasses as you can also use them for white wine. Get a glass with a wide mouth and round body to promote aeration.
- Pint Glasses
Before investing a lot of your money on other glassware options, start with a few pint glasses. They are a must-have regardless of your drink preference.
- Lowball Glasses
These glasses are great for single shots. If you love ‘neat’ drinks, you need lowball glasses.
- Take Advantage of All Your Space
If there is wasted space in your home bar, find ways to make it functional. The empty walls, for example, can be a great place to display your art or for a little closet. There is no specific location in your home to have a home bar. Any unused space may be good enough to create a home bar. Add cabinets or shelves on empty walls and use them to display your drink collection. Consider turning your console tables or countertops into working spaces.
- Start Slow
It isn’t always to create your dream home bar in a day. Start slow and build your collection over time. At the beginning, you only need three or four of your favorite drinks. You can build your collection over time. Take some time to understand your home bar before you start organizing it. If you take on too much too soon, you may be overwhelmed. You could make lots of costly mistakes.
- Keep a Few Cocktail Books
While you can find all the recipes you need on the internet, a few cocktail books are a must-have. They are convenient and referring to them can be very satisfying. Books are great for decorating your bar as well.
If you need help designing the home bar of your dreams, contact Dawnvale for help. Having professional help will help you create a bar that is both functional and decorative.