As the holidays quickly approach, it’s time to get your home ready to entertain your friends and family. A great way to create an entertaining space in your home is to build a home bar. Use your home bar to entertain guests, or use it as a space for the adults to go while the kids play video games. We provide you with everything you need to build your first home bar below.
Find the Perfect Space in Your Home
Not every home has a finished and furnished basement for a bar space, but it’s cool if you do. The first step is to use the space you have. It doesn’t matter if it’s a corner in your apartment, a bedroom, or an office, any space will work. Find a rolling cart or table to serve as your bar, and get ready for some good times. Change the space with a custom sign on the wall or even a custom keg handle.
Drink What You Like
Some people think to start a home bar you need to grab the most expensive spirits on the market. That’s not true at all! Start your home bar with spirits you enjoy. You will probably use the bar more than anyone else anyway. Now that you have what you like, you can think about your guests. Grab some base spirits that will allow you to create numerous cocktails. You can’t go wrong with whiskey, rum, vodka, some wine, and beer.
Find Books to Help Your Bar Become Better
Instead of spending your whole budget on pre-made spirits, grab the basics and a good cocktail book! A cocktail book will allow you to expand your drink offerings. Find the perfect cocktail book at a local bookstore or online.
Purchase Accessories and Tools
Here is a short list of accessories and tools that will aid you in your home bar endeavors:
Staple Mixers: tonic water, syrups, and bitters
Mixing Tools: a muddler, a jigger, juice press, strainers, shakers, ice cubes, and glasses.
Create a Signature Drink
The last thing you need is a little imagination. As you research different drink recipes, try to find a drink that suits your personality, and add your own spin on it. After you find your signature drink, give it a creative name. People will surely have great memories of the first time in your home bar.