Essentials For Your Home Bar

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At times when every bar and restaurant in city seems to have a mixology expert, most of the people we know stay away from tossing drinks at home. But why wait for a night out to savour your perfect cocktail? Ready your home bar by storing essentials and then host a party to rejoice.

Your home bar essentials checklist should accommodate all your cocktail needs, by offering you all the ingredients you may need to make dozens of recipes.

Here’s the list of essential liquor you need, along with mixers, gadgets, garnishes, and glasses.

The Essential Drinks 

Often begin with a small selection. You may add to that later. Start with a set of basic spirits for making cocktails.

  • Bourbon
  • Cointreau or triple sec
  • Gin
  • Rum – Light, Dark
  • Scotch – Blended
  • Tequila – White
  • Vermouth – Dry, Sweet
  • Vodka
  • Wine – Red, White
  • Beer – Light, Dark

The Essential Mixers 

The list below will offer you an array versatile enough to incite a plethora of drinks for your group.

  • Seltzer
  • Tonic water
  • Sparkling water
  • Fresh-squeezed juice (lemon, lime, orange, Cranberry)
  • Cola
  • Ginger ale
  • Club soda
  • Angostura bitters

The Garnishes 

You can probably skip the garnishes, but if you’re game for it, they look beautiful.

  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Mint leaves or other herbs)
  • Citrus peel
  • Olives
  • Kosher salt
  • Lemons
  • Limes


You don’t need to get extravagant, unless if you have developed a taste for more complex creations.

  • Glasses – 6-8 each Highball, Old Fashioned, Stem, Martini glasses, All-purpose wine glasses
  • Shaker
  • Cocktail-mixing glasses
  • Bar spoon or Long cocktail spoon
  • Springed strainer
  • Jigger
  • Muddler
  • Ice bucket
  • Ice cube trays
  • Tongs
  • Spirit decanter
  • Paring knife
  • Peeler
  • Cutting board
  • Corkscrew
  • Bottle opener
  • Juice squeezer
  • Cocktail napkins
  • Cocktail toothpicks
  • Swizzle sticks

Other Party Essentials 

  • Bar cart
  • Tray
  • Recipe cards printed with your favourite cocktails
  • Snacks

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