Updated: Nov 10
Imagine it's a Friday night, and your last bombast meeting with your manager is finally over; what is your first call? If you are unable to guess now, that is perfectly okay. Because we have just entered the ocean of imagination, there's more in it. Your laptop screen has just popped out of your hands with a modicum of frustration, but there is hidden happiness that finally, the weekend is here. Moving out from your office desk, you texted your buddy to catch up for a drink! However, the exciting part is the Premier League. That's what you decide to watch together with your buddies. But wait, you are missing something out! Drinks, of course! What about the idea of home mini bar?
When you put yourself in this situation, the best place to have all this fun is at home. Let us add a twist here. Let's say your buddies decided to bring their girlfriends along. Perhaps the best impression of hosting a party is hidden in the home bar station. Although, settling down with the classic decorum of it that does not ruin the ongoing aura of the place is difficult.
Hence we bought up six simple steps and some crisp recommendations to set up your space-efficient home mini bar.
1. Find Your Place.
Getting a drift to that perfect place in your home for the purpose is the essential step. Now when you look into it, you might see it differently. For example, some of us may like the rustic or modern vibes, whereas some love the classics or elegancy. If you ask my opinion, I love the antique style more comparatively.
We are born differently; hence our opinions do matter. For some of us, our relaxing pill is in the lukewarm bathtub with a wine glass, so you may find it fascinating to develop your bar there. But obviously, you can't invite people therein! There might be cheeky ones who just want to show up to their one large group of people. Hence, to accommodate all of our needs, the place is a crucial part. You can ask yourself a question in this regard. Where do you find yourself calm, mostly on Weekends? Now your reply differs from balcony or living area to a pool. Bring that component here and check out a corner where you can make drinks! You can easily find that dream spot in your home for a home mini bar.
2. Arrange Your Cabinets For Quick Storage.
We are not only talking about the cabinets that can keep your exquisite beautiful bottles but also the bar requirements. It might make sense for some of us to have a wet bar with a sink and others to have a refrigerator. Some of us can hold ourselves up with just a bucket of ice!
It is not that complicated. We can start by searching the best cabinets first for the bottles. I have some suggestions down there. You can choose as per your place decision from previous steps.
Now let us move on to our next part of having refrigerators or just a bucket of ice. I have suggestions in either of the cases. The refrigerators can be down to these cabinets. They can either stand alongside these cabinets if you choose the larger ones or be embedded in them if you choose the smaller ones.
We need some lights or good quotes to add weight to our decorum and demarcate the existing space. Here's, I have added some for you to add exceptional beauty to your home mini bar.
3. Perfect Stools For Your Home Mini Bar.
A comfortable sitting is the key to great conversations. Imagine having to sit uncomfortably, and trying to get your body posture right every time while having a conversation, is so embarrassing. To ensure that you are covered from all sides, I have some perfect stools that will keep their eyes drowsy in you!
4. The Bartender Kit For Fantabulous Cocktails.
To decrease your timings in making drinks for everyone, you must have the right tools to make them. With few right bartending tools, you will just rock your home party. A good cocktail party needs a jigger, an ice scoop or ice thong, a bar knife, a muddler, a mixing glass larger than your regular glass, steel straws, ice buckets, Boston shakers, lemon squeezers, strainers, wine key, bar blades, and liqueur pourers. If you want to read more about them, visit here.
If you have a beautiful bartending kit, there is a greater chance of making great drinks for everyone. Hence, I found the best options for you in that case.
5. Pick The Trendy Glassware.
You probably are thinking that how would you decide on glasses for such a vast number of drinks? But in general, you would need 6 of the essential ones. And trust me, you can serve most of your drinks in them. They are- Beer Mug, Champagne Flute, Highball Glasses, Martini glasses, Wine glasses, and old-fashioned glasses.
You can have a look at these below.
You will always enjoy your cocktails with flawless glasses. All you need to do is pick them carefully! A few safety tips are coming on your way below-
Never fill ice from your glass but always use an ice scoop.
Do not put ice if your glass is warmed since it can break the glass.
Always pick glasses with stems so that they do not fall.
Never stack two different drink glasses at the same time because they might join, unable to separate.
6. Stock The Base Spirits For Cocktails.
Whether you are a beginner bartender or a professional one; you must stock your bar, very carefully with the spirits. The key to developing your favorite cocktails is experimentation and mastering them. You can, however, nail some of them through books like The Savoy Cocktail Book, Tiki: Modern Tropical Cocktails, etc.
Do not try to get them all at once because you will pay a hefty amount for that plus, you will have every day as a weekend night! In particular, liqueurs, mixers, apéritifs, and digestifs are things you should accumulate over time.
Hence, you can have the following as basics -
Once you have them all, you can experiment with garnishes and fruits to explore and get the best taste out of your home bar. Well, we are just to make your home bar station. And I think I have added enough elements for it.
Make sure you are good with lightings and sitting areas, so that you don't lose the vibe at any course.
Now that you have planned everything for your home mini bar, you could have all those expensive drinks at home. Additionally, you have an opportunity to flatter your guests. I hope this guide helps!
If you are on the way to making a bar station, let us know in the comments. And of course, if you insist, Meet me in the Bar!