Chef Secrets: Stock the Perfect Bar

Chef Secrets: Stock the Perfect Bar

What is the one thing every great host or hostess offers their guests when they arrive? A beverage. A party or even casual gathering can go from spectacular to mediocre within minutes of guests arriving if your bar isn’t properly set up.

Our resident bar-specialist, Alessandro, shares his tips for stocking the perfect bar every time!

  1. Know when to splurge and when to save.

There are a few key alcohols you should always have on hand for your home bar. Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Bourbon, and Whiskey/Scotch. Believe it or not, you don’t always need to have the highest quality of all these liquors, although for some, it’s a must.

Here is where to save: vodka, gin, and tequila (although be mindful that the tequila is 100% pure agave!) and here is where to splurge: bourbon, scotch/whiskey, and rum.

  1. Don’t forget mixers (or garnish).

If someone is drinking vodka, gin or rum, chances are they’ll want something to mix with them. Club soda, tonic, and fresh squeezed juices are all items you’ll want to have on hand and chilled for cocktail mixing.

Slice a few lemons, limes and oranges and stock up on some good quality olives and cherries.

  1. Have the appropriate glassware.

Sure, not every guest will request a martini, but be prepared for the one that does. Having various glassware set up near your bar shows you were thinking of everyone. And let’s be honest, a martini does not taste as good out of a plastic cup!

  1. Ice makes all the difference.

Be sure to have plenty of ice on hand and available near the bar throughout your night. If you have the space, offer a few different types of ice cubes. Larger cubes are great for drinks on the rocks while small or crushed cubes work best for mixed drinks. If you don’t want to have a variety of cubes, stick with basic cubes that were either freshly made or recently purchased.

These little details will go a long way for your guests and require very little effort. Plus, when the party is over, you’ll have a full bar to enjoy!

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