Want to have the best homemade cocktail bar? Look no further.
If you’re a born entertainer or a lover of vibrant flavours, why not set up a customised cocktail bar in the comfort of your own home? Impress and entertain your friends, family or dinner party guests with a fully stocked home bar to show off your shaky shaky face or treat yourself to a perfectly mixed concoction whenever you feel like it.
Let’s take a moment to think about what cocktails we love and swear by. Whether it’s the traditional favourites or the elaborate colourful creations, we have given you the go-to shopping list to stock up the perfect home bar. We understand that you may want to save a few pennies or even splash the cash, so here is a mixologist’s money-saving and cash-flowing home bar essentials. Get ready to give your best cocktail shaking moves and be crowned a self-confessed cocktail connoisseur.
This clear, clean-cut, pure spirit is the number 1 bar essential. It is used in a wide variety of cocktails across the world and is home to some of the favourites. Create a classic Cosmopolitan or have a go at the Smith & Sinclair Vodka Cocktail – ruffle some feathers and get experimental. A standard go-to vodka would be the Smirnoff Red Label Vodka (£18.50, 1L.) or if you want to add hint of fruity flavour why not mix up a cocktail filled with ripe tropical fruits with Absolut Mango (£15.00, 70cl).
The world is going gin crazy and we know exactly why, it’s bloody lovely, that’s why! This versatile spirit is in popular demand and a necessity when becoming a cocktail connoisseur. Get your shaky shaky face on and mix up a cheap and cheerful Smith & Sinclair Summer Cocktail with Aldi’s award winning Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin (£14.19, 1L). If you prefer the luxe behind the booze, then bless your homemade bar to a bottle of City of London Distillery No.1 Dry Gin. (£35.00, 70cl)
Rum plays a very important part in our lives when creating our Berry Daquiri and Spiced Rum Alcoholic Cocktail Gummies, so it should play an important part in your cocktail creating journey. Place a light and dark rum in your bar to transport your guests to a boozy tropical island and create the ultimate beach cocktail. A light rum like Bacardi Carta Blanca (£19.50, 1L), is a fundamental asset to your bar when whipping up a fresh Mojito – just like the one over on our Rum Recipe page (link to recipe). Thrill your party-goers or treat yourself to an elegant amber rum with a semi-sweet taste of Flor de Caña (£45.00, 70cl),this would be your perfect premium match.
There are two types of bartenders in this world: “did someone say tequila shots?” and the “who fancies a fresh margarita?”. Whether you enjoy the satisfying tartness of the classic Margarita or a pinch of salt, slice of lime and a hefty tequila shot tickles your fancy, this zingy and refreshing spirit is a must when bringing Mexico to your living room. Siete Leguas Blanco Tequila (£56.03, 70cl) has been voted the best all-round spirit, so go get your hands on a bottle or 2.
A rye whiskey is a traditional all-rounder to help you explore the avenues of the whiskey cocktail. Create a tradition Manhattan Cocktail with Woodford Reserve (£24.00, 70cl) or purchase a bourbon whiskey to be proudly placed on the bar shelf.
In order to be the master of the cocktail making scene, the obvious and all-important component of a home bar are the essential mixers. We can’t have a straight alcoholic cocktail… or can we? All jokes a side, however strong or weak you like your drink, these are the essential mixers to have by your side: