Wine: Red, White, and Rosé
Wine is a staple for any home bar. Its versatility allows it to be enjoyed on its own or mixed into a cocktail. It also pairs beautifully with a variety of meals, complementing both savory and sweet dishes.
If you’re a fan of robust flavors, red wine is a great choice. However, if you prefer something lighter with fruity undertones, white wines are an excellent option. Red wines tend to be drier, while white wines lean towards sweetness. But with a plethora of varieties available, it’s worth exploring to find what best suits your palate.
A bottle of rosé wine, if you can find it, is also a great addition to your home bar. It pairs well with salads, seafood dishes like shrimp scampi or crab cakes, and much more.
We recommend having a bottle of each variety in your home bar. Even if you’re not planning on drinking it immediately, they can be stored for longer periods compared to other wines.
Beer: A World of Choices
Beer is another must-have for any home bar. With a multitude of brands and styles to choose from, you’re sure to find one (or more) that you love. Beer pairs well with a variety of foods and is incredibly versatile.
From lagers to bitters to sours, it’s great to have a few different types of beer on hand to suit any occasion. Whether you’re a fan of Budweiser or craft beers, make sure to have a selection available at your home bar.
Spirits: The Backbone of Your Home Bar
Your home bar should also include a variety of spirits. Here are a few essentials:
Vodka: A clear spirit that is perfect for mixing cocktails.
Whiskey: A classic spirit that comes in many different styles.
Rum: A sweet and versatile spirit often used in tropical drinks.
Gin: An essential spirit for crafting cocktails.
Liqueurs: The Perfect After-Dinner Drinks
There are also many different liqueurs that you should have on hand to serve as after-dinner drinks. Here are a few suggestions:
Amaretto: A sweet and nutty liqueur.
Baileys: A creamy Irish cream liqueur.
Cointreau: An orange-flavored liqueur that is perfect for Margaritas.
Grand Marnier: A French brandy-based liqueur with a citrus flavor.
Mixers: The Secret to Great Cocktails
A collection of mixers such as tonic water, soda water, fruit juices, and more is essential for creating a variety of cocktails. Here are a few mixers you should consider:
Tonic Water: Perfect for gin and tonic, but can also be used in cocktails like rum punches or mojitos.
Soda Water: Used to balance out strong drinks like whiskey sours.
Fruit Juices: Essential for cocktails like Margaritas and Daiquiris.
Lime Cordial: A key ingredient in many cocktails, such as the Mojito and the Hemingway Daiquiri.
Bitters: Used to add a unique flavor profile to cocktails, typically an herbal taste.
Glassware: The Right Vessel for Every Drink
Different beverages need to be served in different glassware to retain their flavor and aroma. For example, red wine should be served in a wide glass that allows it to breathe, while beer should be served in a mug or glass with a thick bottom to prevent it from getting too cold. Shot glasses are essential for serving liquor neat or on the rocks.
Accessories: The Tools of the Trade
Lastly, you’ll need a few key accessories for your home bar:
A bottle opener for opening beer bottles.
A corkscrew for uncorking wine bottles. An alternative is a waiter’s friend, which is versatile and can be used to open both champagne and beer bottles.
A cocktail shaker or mixer set for crafting cocktails like Martinis, Tom Collins, and Manhattans.
With a variety of spirits and the right tools on hand, you’ll be ready to mix up some delicious cocktails in no time. So, stock your home bar with your favorite spirits and get ready to impress your guests with your mixology skills