This time of year we like to set up a home bar, especially if we have friends popping to toast the festive season. It doesn’t need to be fancy, no need to dash out and buy a special bar cart, you can easily pop it on top a cabinet or sideboard you may already have at home.
One thing to bare in mind, is if you have young children, please place this bar area out of their reach. I’m sure they won’t want to drink anything, but glasses could get broken. So it’s better safe than sorry.
So what key elements make up a brilliant mini bar in your home….
Five simple ways to make a mini bar at home
A tray or decorative plate
To give your little bar a cohesive look, and to catch any drips from pouring your spirits, place a tray or plate underneath. Here, I have used a silver plate that I picked up in the souks of Marrakesh last year. But add any pretty tray you may have, it doesn’t need to be expensive.
A couple of months ago, Dan and I were invited to the Nordic Feast in London, where they served the most delicious Finnish gin. Since then I have wanted to enjoy it at home, so I sourced a bottle of Napue Gin. A pretty bottle to boot too. Dan and I also love to drink whiskey, so we invested in a gorgeous crystal decanter from Denby. When buying your favourite tipple, think about pretty bottles. If not decant them into glass bottles for display.
Make sure you have an array of glasses suitable for all manner of drinks. Heavy bottomed crystal glasses for whiskeys and brandy. Champagne coupes for cocktails, wine glasses and flutes. At this time of year crystal or etched glasses make a pretty and sparkling addition to your festive table.
Every bar needs a cocktail shaker, to muddle ingredients together, mix with ice and pour. I have chosen a simple chrome style one, with a built in strainer. But there are many on the market that will go with your particular style of decor.