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10 Things You Need For Your At Home Bar

Alcohol is a luxury enjoyed by many. Something that many of us keep in our homes and enjoy regularly. 

Stashed away somewhere in your house is that champagne for when a celebration comes up, bottles of wine or beer that you’ll never touch and a bottle of gin you bought in Duty-Free last year. And then, there’s the stuff you like and actually drink regularly. 

Wouldn’t it be good if you could make use of everything though? You already have a supply but now, you need to know how to use it, what to pair it with to make a great drink and ultimately, where it is.

That’s why an at home bar is great! A home for all your alcohol to be stored. And it doesn’t have to be a full bar, it could simply be a drinks cabinet or even, just a cupboard.

With everything that’s happening at the minute, there has never been a better time to get yourself organised and have your own bar. But, of course, you need to correct things to go inside.

So, we’ve gathered a list of 10 must haves to keep in your at home bar:

Glasses

First of all, we will start with the one which could be the most confusing item on the list. 

Glasses.

In particular, the overwhelming decision of which glasses you need and don’t need. It’s very easy to get tied into a belief that you need at least one of every kind, but you don’t. 

All you need is a few special glasses. To decide on these you should think about what you will actually use because realistically, there’s no point buying a whiskey glass when you don’t drink whiskey.

Gin

Gin has gained huge popularity over the past few years. For a while, the whole nation was converted to a gin and tonic. And with the popularity came the vast choice of flavours, there has been everything from pink gin to rhubarb and custard, even unicorn gin. 

Although the craze for gin has begun to slow down, it is still a staple drink for many, which is exactly why it deserves a place in your at home bar. 

Sugar/Salt 

Now, you might be wondering why on earth you would need sugar or salt in your at home bar. The first thing that comes to your mind for salt and drinking, is for a tequila shot but don’t worry that’s not the reason.

The salt or sugar is actually to be used as a garnish for your drink. Both are perfect being used on the rim of your glass. Simply wet the rim of your glass, dip into your salt or sugar and leave it to dry. There you have it, your drinks will be presented like they came out of an actual bar.

Mixologist Book

We all like to think of ourselves as a mixologist. It’s very easy to presume that making a cocktail is easy and you’ll be able to do it no problem, but actually it is not. 

With any drink you’re making it takes a lot of practice to get right as mixology is a great skill. There’s no point having all the gear with no idea, a mixologist book is a great investment to teach yourself to make the perfect drink and learn top tips along the way.

Fruit Juice 

Fruit juice is often an overlooked part of a bar but one that’s actually important. It’s a truly irreplaceable ingredient, used in most cocktails. Keep anything from orange juice, cranberry juice or lemon juice in your fridge and you’ll be able to make most standard cocktails.

Not only for cocktails, fruit juice is a wonderful mixer for many spirits. With combinations like vodka and cranberry, vodka and orange, coconut and rum, the list is endless.

Rum 

There are two main types of rum- dark rum and white rum. Both are great to keep in your at home bar.

White rum is the variety mainly used when making cocktails. The taste of a white rum is subtle and sweet making it perfect for complementing flavours where dark rum would overwhelm.

Darker rums are left to age, gaining their colour. Typically they’re enjoyed straight or with a mixer, due to their distinctive flavour.

Vodka

Vodka is an essential to any bar. The distilled spirit is used in many cocktails, but it’s just as good on its own or with a mixer. A flavoured vodka like vanilla or apple is the perfect way to make your drink that little bit more interesting.

To make this spirit even better, it has a ranging purchase price meaning there’s an option for every budget.

Mixers

You can never go wrong with keeping mixers in your bar. Preferably a large selection but the most important three are tonic, lemonade and cola as they’re the core ingredients of many basic drinks. 

If you’re wanting to keep your bar well stocked so that you can live your mixologist dreams also include things like ginger ale and soda water.

And to keep your mixers fizzy, they are best brought as individuals rather than bottles, however, that can be both expensive and leave a lot of packaging.

Ice Trays 

All too many times we get caught out by thinking there’s ice in the freezer when in fact, there isn’t, and when many drinks are best enjoyed over ice, this is an issue. 

If your drink isn’t enjoyed over ice and it’s likely to be made with ice, not many drinks go without it. So to make sure you can always enjoy your drinks as they are intended to be, keep an ice tray handy.

Crozier Drinks 

And finally, of course, Crozier’s cocktails. 

Our fresh fruit cocktails are the perfect addition to any at home bar. A blend of fresh fruit, quality spirits and unique spices form our six adventurous cocktails flavours. 

Delivered to your door, they’re the perfect fruity combinations to enjoy at the bar, so make sure you stock yours up with them.

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