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YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY TO ESTABLISH YOUR HOME BAR. IKEA OFFERS THE RASKOG CART (Left) FOR $29.95 AND TARGET (Center) HAS A SIMILAR ONE FOR THE SAME PRICE.
UPGRADE TO THE IKEA STAINLESS STEEL CART CALLED THE GRUNDTAL (Right) AND YOU GAIN A WINE RACK, PLUS A DRAWER FOR STORAGE.
A cool way to give Your Home Bar a distinctive look is to dress it up with an LED liquor shelf and bottle display. The plug-in units are available from specialty bar websites and at Amazon.
The LED colors range from blue to red to orange and more. You can get a two-shelf model for $100. to $130. The three-shelf models start at about $150. They will really add a lot of style to your bar.
We have a friend who paid for his with the money he collected each week from beer, soda and water bottle returns.
What types of liquor do you need to stock in Your Home Bar? If your bar is going to be strictly casual, you might only need to keep beer and wine on hand along with some non-alcoholic beverages for your friends and family who are on the wagon.
If you are only offering beer and wine to begin try working on a few signature drinks to dazzle your guests. Start with a margarita: practice for one week and perfect this crowd-pleasing cocktail. Then add a vodka martini or another drink you'd like to serve. Just adding one special cocktail a week will have you offering a wide variety of special mixed drinks in no time.
When starting out, focus on these six basic liquors – vodka, scotch, gin, rum, tequila and a whiskey or bourbon. Consider adding some flavored liquors such as cranberry vodka. Bar expert Jon Taffer says coconut vodka tastes great with pineapple juice! Have fun and be creative. Stock these essential liquors and you'll be sure you can make any drink your guests request.
One of the greatest things about having a home bar is that you and your friends can hang out there all night. There really is no "last call" or pressure to pay a big bar bill or leave tips.
But it is important that you always remain considerate of your guests and of other people, family members who reside in your home. Don't let your guests get too wasted, too fast. That means you might want to forego serving shots.
They will make your guests too inebriated in a short time. Instead, relax with fun mixed drinks that use tonic water, seltzer and juices. Serve little snacks that you can buy frozen and whip up in the microwave. And remember, always have some nice iced tea drinks and juices for your guests that don't imbibe.
When it comes time to close up your home bar, evaluate your guests. If you can't drive them home or want to invite them to sleep over, consider calling them a cab or an Uber.
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