As you establish your first home bar, you'll need to put together a few must items in order to mix the perfect cocktails.
Here are the basics:
~Bar Spoon: for stirring and mixing
~Muddler: for mashing as in those mint leaves for the mojito
~Jigger: for proper measuring
~Shaker: to prepare the perfect mix
~Ice Cube Trays
~Strainer: you'll need it as recipes dictate
You'll need 3 basic types of glassware to get started with Your Home Bar:
~Short Glass: often called the Old Fashioned glass
~Tall Glass: for drinks like a gin & tonic
~Wine Stem: all-purpose glass for both red & white wine
~Add Shot Glass: for the fun of it
As you develop your bar, you can add champagne flutes and then develop your glassware artillery to include red wine glasses, white wine, stemless--tumbler-style glasses.
HOW MUCH LIQUOR PER PERSON?
Consider 3-4 drinks per person for a
two-hour party or get-together.
~Single Malt whiskey
This list will help you get Your Home Bar stocked and fully operational!
VODKA: vodka tonic/screwdriver/vodka martinis
WHITE RUM: mojitos/daiquiris
GIN: martinis/gin & tonic/Tom Collins
BOURBON: Old Fashioneds/whiskey sour/Manhattans
SCOTCH: on the rocks
COGNAC: sidecars/brandy milk punch/ straight/ smashes
VERMOUTH: Red Vermouth is for Manhattans and White Vermouth is for martinis--gin or vodka.
Vermouth is a wine and cannot be stored for more than 30 days in a cabinet, but can last 60 days in the fridge.
Consider adding Cointreau and Bitters as you expand your recipe offerings.
DECANTER BANTER: Try using a decanter to decorate your home bar--especially if the original bottle is unattractive or can easily be identified as cheap. The Ancient Romans used glass to make their decanters. After the fall of the Roman Empire, glass decanters faded out in favor of bronze, pweter or pottery-type vessels.
Glass was brought back by the Venetians during the Renaissance and designed a long slender neck that opens to a wide body increasing the exposed surface are of the wine allowing it to react with air. British glass makers introduced the stopper in 1730 to limit exposure to air.
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