In recent years, after the wild days of college, I have become some-what of a homebody but that doesn’t mean my lust for fun has dwindled. The lyrics of Sam Hunt’s ‘House Party’ have never been truer. Nowadays I like my fun (and booze) at home where the party can last as long as I want with my comfy bed only a few feet away and my friends having a safe place to crash.
With all of this in mind I decided to setup my own bar cart – a little place where my glasses and bottles could call home. During this creation and collection I learned a few things to becoming a home mixologist:
Create a Bar You Love
Decide what type of bar you want in your home. No matter if it is a bar cart, area on a sideboard, or even an actual built in bar go with what calls to you. I’ve seen versions of all of these and they have all fit the people who’ve created them. I picked a bar cart because of how it could be easily moved and the style of a past era it exuded. Go with a home bar that fits you and your home, and decorate it with decor you love.
Alcohol is not cheap and neither are bar tools. Remember you do not need a full working bar to have a great time. I started with a few simple pieces I liked and added over time. Plus it is easier to change around your look as you drink your bottles dry. Think of it as a marathon not a sprint. Take time to find what works for you.
Pick What You Drink
First and foremost your bar is for you – Don’t buy spirits with the goal of impressing your guests. You’ll end up spending a fortune on alcohol you don’t even like. From my experience if someone wants something special they’ll bring it themselves. While a home bar is great for entertaining, remember your main customer is you.
And there you have it! A lot like the saying goes – when life gives you lemons make lemonade – or in this case when life gives you a lime just add a little tequila. Now go out and get your own bar started.
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