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Stocking the Perfect Party Bar


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Stocking you bar at home is one of the greatest pleasures for an entertainer!  Choosing beautiful liqueurs, brandy, and spirits to make delectable cocktails for your guests at future dinner parties, birthday celebrations and holiday events can become a sweet obsession - and why not?  Your guests will love to indulge in beautifully mixed drinks at your parties. 

Here's our tips for stocking the perfect party bar for your home.  Keep in mind that if you have special cocktails you would like to serve, you may need to purchase special ingredients for these before your party, but our aim here is to give you the list of the essentials you need for every day entertaining at home to satisfy most palettes.

Bar Basic Spirits

Every good bar will have at least one bottle of the following in a good quality brand.

  • Scotch Whisky
  • Bourbon
  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Tequila
  • Rum
  • Brandy

Liqueurs for your Basic Bar

Liqueurs are spirit based drinks that are usually highly sweetened and flavoured.  Without doubt you will have favourite liqueurs that you will want to have in your bar.  Here are our suggestions for liqueurs that your guests will enjoy and will help you mix some lovely cocktails.

  • Bailey's Irish Cream - a cream-based liqueur
  • Fruit Brandies - such as apple brandy and cherry brandy or Schnapps such as peach, apple or cinnamon
  • Creme de Cacao - cocoa and vanilla liqueur
  • Creme de Menthe - peppermint liqueur
  • Creeme de Framboises - raspberry liqueur
  • Frangelico - a hazelnut liqueur
  • Kahlua or Tia Maria - both are coffee cream liqueurs
  • Midori - melon liqueur
  • Southern Comfort - a very popular American whiskey-based liqueur
  • Vermouth - try and get a bottle of both dry and sweet for making martinis and other popular cocktails

Basic Mixers

Some basic mixers can be kept in stock at all times, but most will need to be bought fresh before your event.  Here are our basics.

  • Lemonade
  • Cola
  • Ginger Ale
  • Soda Water
  • Coconut Milk
  • Cream
  • Orange Juice
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Tomato Juice
  • Caster Sugar
  • Lime Cordial
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Sugar Syrup

Equipment

Head off to your local kitchen shop or department store for your bar equipment and you won't go wrong.  Here's our essential list of items you'll need at your bar to create beautiful drinks for your guests.

  • Corkscrew and opening device
  • Chopping board and knife
  • Juicer and blender
  • Ice tongs and ice scoop
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring jug
  • Lemon zester
  • Cocktail shaker
  • A jug with a pouring lip
  • Small wooden rolling pin or dedicated muddler
  • Champagne flutes
  • Snifter glasses
  • Martini glasses
  • Pilsner glasses
  • Shot glasses
  • Highball glasses
  • Tumbler glasses
  • Wine glasses - for white and red if your budget stretches this far

If you have all of these basics you will be party ready at all times!  Try and stop your guests from coming over for a well mixed cocktail drink every Saturday night!

 

 

 



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