We all want to be that person with an awesome home bar, equipped to impress your cigar smoking uncle and your show-off friend Lucas who consistently brags about the ‘absolute rare delicious French wine that just hits the right spot’ and let’s not forget the ‘I want a cocktaiiiiil!’ friend who only knows how to mix rum and coke. We all have those friends, no judgement here.
Having a decked out home bar means something. Gone are the days where parking lot drinking was your first move and then mentally calculating how much you have in the bank for cocktails. Your home bar shows that you’re an adult now who actually understands what it means when someone says ‘Hold the lace’ or maybe you just googled it, which shows you are resourceful!
Anyway, back to the home bar. It is a statement. But not to worry, Jumia Party and Yummy Magazine are here to make the task a lot easier for you. Here are the must-know tips to set up your own home bar!
Know your base spirits
It’s not enough to order your drinks, you need to know what you’re ordering! Generally, you can play around with cocktails when you have the essential base spirits:
- Whiskey starters: Jameson and Ballantines
- Vodka: The Absolut range
- Tequila: Olmeca Blanco
- Gin: Bombay Sapphire
- Rum: Havana Club & Malibu
Know your mixers
Mixers take the experience of a drink to another level. Impress your guests with that sweet drink with a kick they are always craving or surprise that hardcore ‘neat whiskey’ drinker with a cocktail he never thought he would love.
- Bitters: Angostura Bitters is a must have in your home bar
- Tonic: Your go-to ingredient that surprises and delights!
- Sodas: The holy trinity of Bitter Lemon, Stoney and Coke
- Juices: From the get-go, you should know that Citrus is your safe zone. Don’t be afraid to venture out but citrus juices are a great start.
- Syrup: Stock up on your Grenadine Syrup (You’ll thank us when you’re working on your Tequila Sunrise)
Know your glasses
- Tumblers: These glasses are ideal for neat spirits and cocktails.
- Wine glasses: A necessary buy and one we know you’ll keep enjoying. For your wine and your sangria.
- Martini glasses: We’re not going to say these are a priority but they look pretty fantastic.
- Flutes: For those classy brunches with your champagne cocktails
- Shot glasses: Should be obvious, but hey, a reminder doesn’t hurt
- Pilsner glasses: Your beers deserve it. Beer glasses allow your guests to enjoy their beer with a more homely experience.
- Pitchers: Did someone say Sangria? When you’re making your cocktails, these will help you when you’re enjoying the company and great food.
Know your tools
Cocktails take creativity and the right tools! Here are the basic ones:
- Cocktail spoons
- Cocktail glasses
- Citrus juices
- Cutting board
- Bottle opener
(Most of these are easily available from https://www.vituzote.com)
Freeze what you can:
- To make your life easier, there are a few things you can freeze that will be easily accessible. Berries, herbs and pineapples can easily be frozen so you can have more fun with your cocktails.
Ice! Ice! Ice!
The most important but the easily overlooked one
Keep things interesting
Have a theme! Sangria nights, brunches, game nights, tequila parties and more. Invite your friends and hone your skills!