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Creating Your Home Bar

Creating a bar in your home is a great idea and can be as simple as designating a kitchen cupboard as a liquor cabinet or more extensive like building a wet bar in the basement with all the amenities. This guide will help you build your bar, stock it with the essential spirits and tools and give you ideas for managing it.
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Essential Spirits to Stock in Your Home Bar
A guide to essential distilled spirits, mixers and garnishes that are recommended for a well-stocked bar.

Essential Bar Tools
A guide to the essential tools and utensils needed by bartenders. The list includes cocktail shakers, blenders, strainers, muddlers, jiggers and more.

10 Non-Essential Bar Tools and Gadgets
While not essential to mix drinks, these convenient tools and gadgets can make your life a little easier in the bar and while entertaining. Many of them are also meant to simply improve the quality of your drinks.

10 Great Cocktail Shakers
Cocktail shakers come in a variety of styles and have various features. Read more about some of the best cocktail shakers and Boston shakers that are available today.

What is the Shelf Life of Distilled Spirits?
The shelf life of liquors, liqueurs and mixers is a common question. The good news is that bottles in your liquor cabinet will last a long time, but there are somethings you should know before you drink from that old bottle, whether it is has been opened or not.

Best Bartending Guides
These are some of the best cocktail guide books available and are filled with recipes, photographs and tips to guide everyone along the path to the perfect cocktail.

Before You Buy A Blender
There are many things to consider when buying a blender for creating frozen drinks. These tips include some of those elements you want to look for before choosing the right blender for you.

The Twelve Bottle Bar
If you were given a choice of twelve bottles to include in your personal bar with no regards for cost or availability, which bottles of alcohol would you choose? It's a challenge to put together a well-rounded bar with a limited selection but here's how I would design a 12 bottle bar and the cocktails possible in it.

The $100 Whiskey Bar
Stocking your home bar doesn’t have to be expensive. There are some great whiskies available at very affordable prices and for $100 you can set up a well rounded whiskey selection.

Eco-Friendly Bartending
There are things you can do in every aspect of your life to reduce your impact on the environment and the bar is no exception. We all know that we need to recycle our empties, but there is more that can be done behind the bar to make its environmental footprint as minimal as possible.

Cocktail Set Essentials Video
Cocktail sets can include a range of gadgets and tools, but some are more essential than other. Learn the keys components necessary for all cocktail sets and aspiring mixologists.

The Bartender's Garden
If you browse the thousands of recipes available you'll see numerous possibilities for garden fresh mixers and garnishes. If you enjoy gardening anyway, there's no reason not to design a portion of your plantings around your drinking preferences.

Popular Drinks Every Bartender Should Know
Every bar and region has specialty cocktails and mixed drinks, but there are a number of recipes that are more universal. These popular drinks are good for any bartender to know.

John Lermayer's Interactive Cocktail Lab
One of the seminars at the San Antonio Cocktail Conference was an Interactive Cocktail Lab presented by Miami Beach bartender, John Lermayer. Read about the experience, tips for making common drinks, and why I believe more of these should take place.

Holiday Gifts for the Home Bartender
Buying for the home bartender can be difficult because as you look around their bar you may think they have everything they need. While most bars are already outfitted with all of the essential tools they may need some decor or maybe your mixologist would like to take their bar with them while traveling.

Great Holiday Gifts for Whiskey Lovers
Are you looking for that something special for the whiskey aficionado in your life and don’t know what to get them? Having trouble deciding between their favorite Irish whiskey, bourbon or single malt scotch? Perhaps this year you should consider something different.Here are some great gift ideas for any whiskey lover this holiday season.

Top 10 Portable Home Bars
These bars are not meant to be permanent fixtures in your home, they are designed to move or hide their contents and be brought out when you're entertaining.

10 Fun Flasks for Gifts
A flask is one of the timeless gifts of all time. Whether it be for a family member, a friend, the wedding party or someone at the office, a flask is a great and useful gift that they will appreciate for years.

Top 10 Travel Bar Sets
These travel sets are convenient and compact so you can fit everything in one case and make a great gift. Each of these include the most important tools for mixing up your favorite cocktails and have some storage room to carry your favorite spirits with you.

Oster Quick Chilling Wine Chiller
The Oster Quick Chilling Wine Chiller does just that. This electric wine chiller cools a bottle of wine to the perfect drinking temperature within minutes.

10 Great Electric Fruit Juicers
Fresh juices make the best cocktails and if you do a lot of juicing or want to juice a variety of fruits and vegetables, an electric juicer is the way to go.

Metrokane Flip-Top Cocktail Shaker
Metrokane's Flip-Top is a two-piece cocktail shaker with a uniquely designed lid that flips open and closed. Its double-wall tin is nicely insulated, making sure cocktails are as cold as can be.

TailGator Blender- Blending on the Go
With the TailGator Blender you will never again be wishing you had an outlet nearby so that you can blend up a Margarita or Daiquiri wherever you are. This gas powered blender is perfect for making your favorite frozen cocktail in the parking lot before the big game, at the campsite, on the river or anywhere else you want a refreshing, smooth adult drink.

Waring Professional Bar 40 oz 350 Watt Blender
A sleek brushed-chrome finish, easy 2-speed operation and sturdy base with a powerful motor makes this blender a top choice for equipping a home bar.

How to Make an Iced Vodka Bottle Video
Learn How to Make an Iced Vodka Bottle with Chef Roblé.

Margaritaville Explorer Cordless Frozen Concoction Maker
The Margaritaville Explorer is a portable margarita maker with an 18 volt, rechargeable battery that claims to make 60 drinks on one charge.

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