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How to Stock a Home Bar

Watch more Bar Life & the Art of Drinking videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to stock a home bar so you're always prepared to offer a guest their favorite cocktail. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Select location Select a spot to set up your bar. Home bar options may include a stand-alone bar complete with sink, wine racks, and glass storage, or simply a designated cabinet or other area in the dining room or basement. Step 2: Choose alcohol Make your alcohol selections. A typical bar well includes vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, whiskey, scotch, and bourbon. You will also want sweet and dry vermouths, beer, and wine. Tip Remember that selected spirits need not be top shelf. Premium price alone doesn't ensure quality. Step 3: Add mixers Select mixers, such as tonic water, club soda, fruit juices, soft drinks, tomato juice, sour mix, lime juice, grenadine, and bitters. And, of course, ice. Step 4: Select garnishes Stock garnishes. Common garnishes include olives, maraschino cherries, sugar, and kosher salt. When you're expecting company, add perishables like lemon, lime, and orange slices. Step 5: Stock equipment Stock your equipment. Must-haves include a bottle opener, blender, corkscrew, and shaker. Other tools to consider are jiggers, a strainer, a cocktail spoon, a grater, a paring knife, a cutting board, and a muddler. Step 6: Choose glassware While your options for glassware are limitless, a well-kept bar should include old-fashioneds, highballs, martini glasses, glasses for wine, champagne, and beer, shot glasses, and cordial glasses. Step 7: Throw a party Now that you're stocked, invite your closest, most sophisticated friends over for a cocktail party! Did You Know? By one account, a New York bartender invented the Manhattan cocktail in the 1860s at a bar on lower Broadway.
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