We have all had to sacrifice our social lives during the lockdown, and many people, in place of being able to meet friends in pubs and bars channelled their energies into DIY mixology and Zoom cocktail hours with friends, sipping on Old Fashioneds, Boulevardiers and our own gin cocktails.
The art of making cocktails at home has bred a new breed of drink connoisseurs, which combined with the lockdown trend for home improvements, has led to many making their own home bars, whether that’s creating a pub out of the garden shed, or dedicating a corner of the home toa stylish and retro drinks cabinet.
You don’t have to go out of your way to repurpose cabinets and furniture to make a functional cocktail making station, but it would be an advantage to make sure you have all the right tools and equipment. Here’s our brief guide to building and equipping a home bar.
Bar set up
Space can be a challenge, particularly if you have a small apartment, but it easy to repurpose furniture such as a side table as your designated bar, or even simply a stylish tray stocked with your favourite spirits or tools on your kitchen counter.
A second-hand cabinet can be ideal, with room inside for your bottles and glassware, whileItalian porcelain kitchen tiles are ideal for creating a bar top on which to make your tasty tipples.
It can be tempting to go all out and buy all the bar tools you have seen in your favourite bars, but it’s best to start with the basics, and you can add extras if and when you need them.
The essentials should be a Boston mixer for mixing and shaking drinks, a jigger for measuring our the ingredients, and a Hawthorne strainer for separating your drink from the ice and fruit pulp in the mixer, a muddler for mashing fruits and herbs.
Add a mixing glass for making stirred cocktails, a long-handled bar spoon for stirring and layering, and you’re on your way!
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