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Bartending at home: The Essentials

Apr 14, 2023
Bartending at home: The Essentials

Are you tired of going out to crowded bars, waiting in long lines, and shelling out big bucks for drinks that don't even taste that great? Well, have no fear because home bartending is here!

When it comes to home bartending, having the right tools is essential to creating delicious drinks that will impress your guests. Here are some of the must-have bar tools you need to make your home bar complete:

  1. Shaker tins: Shaker tins come in a set of two and are used to mix ingredients together by shaking them. There are two types of shaker tins: the Boston shaker, which consists of a metal tin and a pint glass, and the Cobbler shaker, which has a built-in strainer and cap.
  2. Bar spoons: Bar spoons are long, thin spoons used to stir drinks. They typically have a twisted handle that makes it easy to spin the spoon in your hand while stirring.
  3. Glassware: Glassware is an important aspect of home bartending. Make sure you have a variety of glasses for different types of drinks, such as martini glasses, highball glasses, and rocks glasses.

By having these essential bar tools in your arsenal, you'll be well on your way to creating delicious and impressive cocktails at home. Cheers to that!

Essential Ingredients

  1. Base spirits: Every great cocktail starts with a base spirit, whether it's vodka, gin, tequila, rum, or whiskey. Make sure you have a good selection of base spirits on hand, so you can mix up a variety of drinks.
  2. Mixers and modifiers: Mixers and modifiers are what give your cocktails their unique flavors and balance. From sweet and sour mix to simple syrup, to citrus juices, to sodas, and tonic water, you need to stock your bar with a variety of mixers and modifiers to make any drink your heart desires.
  3. Garnishes: Last but not least, garnishes are the finishing touch that can take your cocktail from good to great. Whether it's a twist of citrus peel, a sprig of fresh herbs, or even a slice of bacon, garnishes can add visual appeal and flavor to your drink.

Techniques That Will Take Your Cocktail Game To The Next Level

  1. Shaking: Shaking is a technique used to mix ingredients together and chill the cocktail. Fill your shaker tin with ice and ingredients, cover it with the other tin, and give it a good shake. Shaking is typically used for cocktails with citrus or cream-based ingredients.
  2. Stirring: Stirring is a gentler technique that is used to mix ingredients and chill the cocktail without diluting it too much. Fill a mixing glass with ice and ingredients, then stir with a bar spoon until chilled. Stirring is typically used for cocktails made with clear spirits, such as gin or vodka.
  3. Straining: Straining is the final step in making a cocktail, and it involves removing any solid ingredients, such as fruit or herbs, from the finished drink. 

So, grab your bar tools and start practicing! Before you know it, you'll be shaking and stirring up delicious cocktails like a pro. Cheers to that!

Classic Cocktails 

  1. Old Fashioned: The Old Fashioned is a timeless classic that has been around since the 1800s. It's made with bourbon or rye whiskey, sugar, bitters, and a citrus peel. This drink is all about the balance of flavors, and it's the perfect drink to sip on while you relax and unwind.
  2. Margarita: The Margarita is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that's perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. It's made with tequila, lime juice, and triple sec, and it's usually served with a salt rim. This drink is perfect for those who love a sweet and sour flavor profile.
  3. Mimosa: The Mimosa is a classic brunch cocktail that's perfect for those who love a bubbly and sweet drink. It's made with champagne and orange juice, and it's usually served in a champagne flute. This drink is perfect for those who want to start the day off right with a little bit of bubbly.

So, whether you're in the mood for something strong and boozy or light and refreshing, these classic cocktails are sure to hit the spot. 

With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can create a fun and inviting atmosphere that your guests will love.

Take It Even Further

And if you're looking to take your home bartending game to the next level, why not try buying from Mimosa Royale? We offer ready-to-drink mimosas that will save you half the hassle of mixing up your own cocktail. Plus, with our expertly crafted flavors, you'll be sipping on something truly delicious.

Two Mimosa Cans

So what are you waiting for? Grab your shaker tins, stock up on your favorite ingredients, and get ready to impress your guests with your bartending skills. And don't forget to have fun – after all, that's what home bartending is all about! Visit Mimosa Royale and learn more about our brand, product offerings, and awards. Feel free to contact us at 1-855-9MIMOSA or write to us at

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