Summer is right around the corner, and we are fully prepared to make a few extra
drinks while watching the sunset. Here are ten must-haves for your at home bar!
Whiskey – There is the old whiskey with ginger ale that never gets old. You can also make the famous Jack & Coke with Jack Daniel’s, the Scotch and club soda or Seven and Seven (Seagram’s 7 Whiskey with 7-Up). Bourbon whiskeys are Jim Beam and Wild Turkey, they are affordable, and they taste nice. Bourbon whiskey is also perfect for mixing.
Rum– Dark rums are best for punches. Light rums are for mixing cocktails
Gin– Great for making popular drinks such as martinis and gin and tonic.
Tequila– If you are not familiar there are two types of tequila silver and gold. They are not only good for shots but also for margaritas, sunrises, and Palomas. The best tequilas are made from 100 percent agave.
Brandy– Has a sweet, fruity flavor; you can mix it with several juices. Some people would say that brandy is for an older crowd. Brandy doesn’t have only to be drunk as is but it can be mixed with juices such as orange juice, cranberry juice, and lemon juice, or with ice.
Garnishes– All great drinks need a cute garnish! Garnishes add visual appeal and a splash of flavor to any finished cocktail. Garnishes can be anything from cherries, a wedge of orange, mint leaves, olives, a nice umbrella, thyme, fancy ice cubes, lemon wedges, etc.
Barware– Essential barware that is needed to make your bar complete and make you feel like the ultimate bartender are a shaker, muddler, strainer, bar spoon and a mixing glass. Take some time to learn some fun tricks for mixing online.
Things to remember when setting up your bar:
Mixers depend on what cocktails you like or comfortable making, so pineapple juice, club soda, tonic water, orange juice and ginger ale are good to start.
You can make a virgin cocktail for your non-alcoholic drinkers. Decide on a cocktail for the night and make some with your liquor of choice and the other ones without alcohol.
The liquors you choose, should not at all break the bank. Liquors do last a long time as long as they are in a cool place in not in direct sunlight.
Cheers to you all and I hope this inspired you to get started with your home bar!
Written by Cynthia L, Staff writer, Modern Domestic
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