Every liquor connoisseur or socialite needs a home bar cabinet. Only a liquor enthusiast would understand the joy of decorating a bar cabinet with their fav kind of alcohol and mixers for cocktails (these are natural syrups that are made with real fruit herbs and spices that complement liquor perfectly, giving you a flavourful drink). It not only provides a convenient and stylish way to store your drink essentials but also gives you the ability to serve up your favourite beverages to your guests in style. Whether you’re entertaining guests, unwinding after a long day, or just relaxing with a drink, having the right equipment in your home bar cabinet can make all the difference. Let’s see what the must-haves you need in your home bar cabinet:
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Glassware – The must-have vessels
Every drink deserves a special glass for it! Agree? This is where your collection of glassware comes into the picture. It’ll bring chills down the spine of a wine aficionado if you serve them wine in a champagne glass (Are we right or are we right?). Have all varieties of glasses, for all types of drinks – martini, wine, whiskey, cocktails, the list goes on! Choose functional and stylish glasses, and always keep a few extras on hand in case of breakage or to serve guests. Always make sure to have enough glasses for all the guests. A smaller glass is ideal for more potent cocktails, while a larger glass is ideal for lighter, more refreshing drinks.
Bar Tools – The Mixologist’s Arsenal
What’s even a home bar without the right tools?! The best part is that you do not have to go all out to get the bar tools, a lot of them would be in your kitchen right now. Here are some examples – bottle openers and corkscrews, shakers, blenders, citrus squeezers, jiggers, two-piece shakers, bar spoons, and much more. If you want to go the extra mile to give an ‘aesthetic’ appeal to your bar, then you can also go ahead with cocktail books, to study what you drink. For a long-lasting bar tool, choose items made from high-quality materials that are built to last. One can find these tools at Bar World India, Bar Box, Bar ware, and many more. Though if you do want a home bar cabinet but do not want to invest in a lot of ‘extra’ bar tools, then Swa Artisanal Syrups are your go-to for making any quick and delectable cocktail within 30 seconds with just 3 things – a glass, some ice, and a bar soon.
Liquor and Mixers – To stock your bar cabinet
The feeling of bliss is when your home bar cabinet is stocked with a selection of your favourite spirits, as well as mixers like tonic water, soda, and juice. Consider keeping some popular mixers like Vermouth, triple sec, and bitters as well, to cater to a wide range of cocktails. If you’re looking to impress your guests and have something that can be served quickly, then SWA syrups have to be in your bar cabinet, it’s easy to make, has many different flavours like Jamun kala khatta, summer berries, fruity lemonade, and many more! When stocking your home bar, it’s a good idea to think about the types of drinks you and your guests typically enjoy, and make sure you have everything you need to make those drinks.
Ice bucket – For the chill factor
Ice or ice buckets are the most underrated things for your home bar cabinet. Ice is needed for your drinks at ALL TIMES. The type of ice you use depends upon your kind of cocktail – standard ice cubes for basically any type of drink, large ones for your drinks like Manhattan, ice balls for cocktails like old fashioned, crushed ice for icy cocktails to give them a slushie-like consistency. For those who enjoy crushed ice in their drinks, an ice crusher is also a handy tool. To go one step ahead of an average home bar cabinet, you can have an automatic ice maker if you regularly host parties. It’s a big-time saviour! For your drinks to stay chilled, you should always have enough ice in the freezer so that you don’t have to run back and forth.
Decorations – For a personal touch
Last but not least, don’t overlook the decorative elements of your home bar cabinet, as tiny details make the most impact. Having smaller things like coasters, and cocktail napkins, and adding a collection of unique bottle stoppers can bestow your home bar cabinet with a personal touch. Make your home bar complete by adding a bar mat, a bartender’s knife, and a garnish tray. To bring your cabinet some personality of its own, you can go for some artwork or posters for the ‘aesthetic vibe’.