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Setting Up A Home Bar During the Pandemic: Tips From Bartenders



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The sudden outbreak of Covid-19 in the year 2020, limited access to all public places and confined people to their Home Bar. The times are still uncertain and the future seems quite bleak with the pandemic still lurking amidst us but human nature does not settle with curbed mobility and limited socialization. This is against the basic needs of every human who is a social animal. That is why, the pandemic created the need for fulfilling one’s social needs, physical, and emotional needs within the confines of home. One such increase was seen in the alcohol consumption rates going high despite the bars and clubs being closed for a year.

Since people started looking up for tips and tricks for creating mini home bars, the prominent bartenders around the world, who remained home while the bars were closed, poured in their expert opinions and ideas for helping people build the home bars. Here are some of the tips from them which can guide you to create a classy, affordable, and comfortable bar at home where you can get to be the bartender and the customer both:

  1. Basic knowledge of liquors 

If you own a bar, you must have at least basic knowledge about the types and kinds of liquors that you will be placed in your bar. The knowledge also means having an idea of blending and mixing the right types in the right amount. 

There 7 essential liquors that you will need in for your bar:

  • Gin
  • Vodka
  • Whiskey (Scotch, Rye, and Bourbon)
  • Tequila 
  • Rum 
  • Brandy (Cognac is a must)
  • Bitters 

These liquors are used in making margaritas and almost any type of cocktail. So, you should have them handy in your home bar.

  1. Take a note of all the utensils 

There are many things used for mixing, blending, and shaking things up in a bar that you will need for a perfect drink that you want to make. Put some fancy glasses and cool ice cube trays to make things more fun at home.

Some of the essential bartending tools needed include:

  • Bar spoons
  • Jiggers 
  • Juicer 
  • Muddler 
  • Cutting boards
  • Peeler
  • Zester  
  • Rimmer 
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Cocktail pourer
  • Bottle openers
  • Corkscrew 
  • Service mats
  • Cocktail rails
  • Glass racks
  • Glasswasher
  • Ice maker
  • Ice bucket
  • Ice crusher
  • Ice kit
  • Barstools 
  1. The place where you set up your bar

When you plan to create a home bar, keep it in the area and space available to you. You will be keeping a lot of liquor in your bar so make sure the space is not too tight, humid, or too hot. The temperature must be normal with proper air passage and air conditioning to keep the liquor in a stable state. The ideal place for your home bar, according to the bartenders, will be in front of an open area facing outwards, maybe to a pool or a garden for partying. 

Setting up a mini home bar can be a fun thing for family and friends. However, one needs to make sure all the equipment is present and all the liquor is stored and restocked on time. You will also be needing fruits and other edibles for the cocktails, apart from the liquor alone. Thus, with good planning and maintenance, your home bar can be a place to have fun with friends and family.

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