5 Essentials for Your Home Bar
When you and your guests are using your home bar, you want them to have all the options they do at a formal establishment. Here are a few items that any good bar needs to service everyone, whether they're craving a margarita or whiskey on the rocks.
When you have a home bar, it's all about having fun. When you're making your guests tropical drinks at a party or enjoying a mixed drink over the weekend, you should go all out and get things exactly right. Part of making the perfect drink is having the right glassware. Think about the drinks you make the most: Martinis? Margaritas? Old Fashioned? There's a reason each of these drinks has a specific glass named after them - they're best to drink this way.
Try to get a variety so that you'll have the right glass for any drink order. Additionally, they'll help make your bar look more official when they're stacked and ready for use.
Don't go out to the liquor store and buy everything you can think of out of the gate to stock your bar - it can get expensive. Serious Eats recommended picking up liquor the same way you'd pick up groceries. Have a drink in mind and collect them slowly. You may need so extras for a party, but you don't have to go all out with obscure liqueurs right away.
However, you'll want to have the basic and favorites ready. Stay stocked with whiskey, rum, gin, vodka and of course tequila - accumulate the rest over time, as needed.
3. The party machine
Your Margaritaville® Frozen Concoction Maker® should be the centerpiece of your bar. Have it poised, plugged in and ready to make your guests frozen drinks once you add the ingredients. Even when the bar isn't in use, your Margaritaville® Frozen Concoction Maker® will make your bar look professional and ready for a party.
4. Garnishes and mixers
Garnishes and other ingredients can make or break a good drink. Having the right ones on hand will make your bar feel like the real thing. Although you may run out quickly, try to stay stocked with cherries, limes, lemons, club soda, tonic water, sugar, syrup sweetener, salt, bitters, vermouth and plenty of fun, festive decorations like umbrellas. Remember to restock before each party and add any interesting new flavors you stumble across.
5. A menu
You guests may be hesitant to try something exotic. To let them know they can try a Rum Runner or a Peachy Ginger Rita, rather than a gin and tonic, provide them with a small menu telling them what you can make. Have fun with it and your guest will too.
Your fellow Parrotheads at Margaritaville® Cargo remind you to enjoy your frozen concoctions responsibly and obey all drinking laws.