A well-stocked home bar is perfect for entertaining friends, family and guests alike. However, only stocking up on liquors and mixers aren’t enough, there are a couple of other essentials that you should put on your to-buy list this summer that can help you make an impression on amateurs as well as professionals.
Stocking up the right way!!
Glasses: Invest in six each of these basic types: short glasses, stem and tall glasses. And if you plan to serve wine, you should get around 6 to 8 basic stemmed wineglasses. A single shape can be used to serve both red and white but if you have cash to spare; you may invest in two different sets of glasses.
Bar Spoon: With a long handle to mix ingredients.
Cutting Board: To slice fruits and other garnishes.
Paring Knife: A paring knife has a short blade and is good for cutting fruit and garnishes.
Jigger: Measuring liquor right can make a big difference.
Bottle Opener & Corkscrew
Bottle Sealers: They help keep bottle contents fresh for longer.
Cocktail Shaker: Invest in one with a metal bottom, a metal lid and a strainer Remember to always first pour the least expensive ingredients into the shaker, this way if you make a mistake, you will not waste expensive liquor.
Muddler: To mash fruits, herbs and spices at the bottom of a glass in order to release their flavor.
Mixing Glass: For preparing drinks where the ingredients must be mixed without shaking.
Ice Bucket (preferably metal or insulated) & Ice Tongs
Can Opener: Very handy while opening cans of fruit and syrup.
Cocktail napkins, Cocktail toothpicks & Swizzle sticks
Tips and tricks
There’s no shame in keeping a handbook close by. When experimenting, always taste before serving to others. When in doubt, stick to the classics.
Keep a bar towel handy, keep your station clean and dry.
Make use of fine granulated sugar
Stir clear drinks and shake cloudy drinks. Do not shake a cocktail which contains carbonated water or soda.
As far as garnishes go, stock up the essentials – green olives, lemons and fresh herbs (basil and mint). For special occasions, you can invest in pineapple wedges, celery sticks and paper umbrellas.