Whether you are entertaining guests or just getting home after a hard day’s work, having access to a martini, whiskey neat, or a nice cold beer might be the best way to relax into your evening. Having a well-stocked bar is the perfect way to finally round-out your home. Your ideal home bar can range from a simple rolling bar cart to an intricate carved mahogany L-shaped bar with neon lights to create the ambiance of a 1920’s speakeasy.
Choose the Style of the Home Bar
Before you begin stocking your bar, you need to decide what style you think will add that finishing touch to your house. You may want to have an outdoor bar, with an exotic tiki-style, lined with torches. Or you may wish to the classic basement bar look, don’t forget the classic neon beer sign to let your friends know that you have beer on tap.
Even a little rolling bar with buckets of beer on the bottom tray can be a nice little addition to your home. Constructing your home bar can be a pretty simple weekend project, and unless you pull out all of the stops, it should be easy on the wallet.
There are a variety of designs to choose from, but I suggest you pick something that won’t crowd your space. If you prefer wines, then you’ll want to install a wine rack, if you prefer a cocktail, then you may want to dive into some ornate shelving to display your selection.
* Choose Your Stock:
Here is a quick must-have list of drinks to have on stock;
Having a bourbon on hand is essential for any budding mixologist. American whiskey can be used to make a great Old Fashioned, and you don’t need to broke the bank to get a nice bottle.
If you’re looking to make a Rob Roy, then you’re going to need some scotch in the cupboard. It’s best to maintain at least a bottle of single malt as well as a blended scotch in your home. While Scotch is probably the most recognized whiskey by a casual drinker, you should think about adding other types, such as ryes, Japanese, or Irish.
Gin is one of the fundamental spirits that form the basis of many cocktails. It’s best to start your collection off with a London Dry Gin, but you’ll soon want to start adding Plymouth, Old Tom, and Genever to your stock. The American Gins have evolved some for those of you are less than fans of juniper.
The sugary sweetness of rum has gained steam in popularity. While you’ll look to Light Rums to mix your rum and coke cocktails, you might want to give the Dark Rums a try either on the rocks or neat.
If you are looking to mix Bloody Marys or Cosmos, then you’ll need a smooth vodka. Vodka doesn’t overpower the senses, making it the perfect liquor for mixing a cocktail. While there may be some martini purist who would only make one with gin, a dirty martini made with vodka has an excellent taste.
To have a complete home bar, you’ll need two more bottles, both a sweet and dry vermouth. It is an essential spirit to make the perfect Manhattan.
It’s 5 pm somewhere, and when it’s 5 pm, it’s time for a margarita. If you’re mixing drinks with tequila, then you can get by with the cheaper gold variety, however, if you like it straight-up, then you’ll want silver tequila.
Domestic or foreign, sometimes you don’t want to go through the hassle of mixing a drink and would instead pop open a can. You can even look to see if there is anyone local with a microbrewery that can help you complete the set. Plus it will look great with that neon beer sign you just installed.
Adding the perfect home bar can give your home that particular fun accent it needs, and that cocktail you need to finish off your day.