A home bar is one of the finest ways to remain sauced on a budget, all without leaving the house, and will make you the envy of all your friends. Sixty years ago you’d be hard-pressed to find a single home that didn’t have at least some semblance of a shrine to booze somewhere within its walls. Below it’s a basic guide of elements for your home bar. Check it out!
What you will need:
1. Speed Pourers
Not the most glamorous item in your home bar but one of the most useful by a long shot. Perfect measures, easy pours and a key tool for any pro, these take your amateur set-up from a hobby to a slick-looking operation in about three seconds flat.
OK, I don’t actually use these myself but that’s because I take a ‘more the merrier’ approach to putting booze in my drink. If you have a shred of self-respect, however, or would like to actually follow a recipe, one of these bad boys will prove immeasurably (heh) handy.
3. Mixing Glass
For stirred-down drinks, a mixing glass adds a touch of sophistication to the process of basically drinking straight spirits — you marvellous filthy boozehound. A fancy one like this will stir some loins — keep it in the freezer for bonus points.
You’re definitely going to need one of these. Used for most cocktails, a good shaker is a worthwhile investment. It’s your ticket to icy cold beverages ready to drink in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. Keep one within arm’s reach at all times.
5. Bar Spoon
More than just a spoon, this natty device also has a trident at the non-spoony end, which makes fishing cocktail onions out of a narrow jar an absolute piece of piss. Fun fact: the spiral style of the handle also makes it possible to stir without losing grip.
6. Ice Pick
Ever wondered how they make those perfect ice spheres? Well it’s not exactly with this but it does help if you go the extra mile and freeze your own proper ice blocks. This way you’ll be able to stab at them until they’re a pleasing size and shape.
7. Julep Strainer
It goes with the mixing glass and guarantees an easy time when you need to get your old-fashioned, Martini or fancy AF Bundy from the jar into the glass without spilling it everywhere.