A well-stocked home bar is a must-have if you love to entertain, or even if you just prefer to relax and imbibe at home. And although it’s stylish to have an actual bar area in your finished basement or dining room, you could also make do with a spare cabinet in your kitchen. Your journey to become an amateur mixologist starts with a visit to your local liquor store.
Keep your audience in mind.
One common mistake people make when building up a home bar is to stock all sorts of fancy-looking labels that they’ve never actually tried before and don’t necessarily enjoy. But do keep your audience in mind. And unless you have friends over every evening, your main audience is you (and your partner, if applicable). Start stocking your home bar with the spirits you already know you like. Then, branch out a little to explore other possibilities.
Visit the library.
Surprisingly, one of the most versatile additions to any home bar is a book. Visit the library or your local bookstore and look for a comprehensive mixology book. A good cocktail book should give you some solid knowledge on spirits, cocktail foundations, and mixers. Look for a book that includes both classic and newer cocktails, and then start doing your homework.
Purchase these essential spirits.
There are a few essentials that every well-stocked home bar requires. You’ll definitely need gin, as it’s the base for a number of popular cocktails. Vodka is ideal for mixing liquors. You can also stock up on tequila, whiskey, and rum. Add some mixers to your bar too, such as tonic water, club soda, ginger ale, cola, and cranberry juice.
Steamboat Discount Liquor is open daily to help you easily stock your home bar. This popular shop stocks a vast selection of microbrews, wine, and liquors. If you have questions for the staff, you can call the store at (970) 879-2191.