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Top Ten Essentials for Creating Perfect Home Bar

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by Madhumita Thakur (subscribe)
Freelance writer & journalist in the fields of lifestyle, technology and entertainment.
Published April 10th 2013
Home bar which even the teetotallers would envy
In today's time a contemporary lifestyle if often considered incomplete without a small yet well-stocked home bar and if you love such contemporary touch in your house then include these must-haves into your home bar and make your guests fall in love with it.

1. Bar Stools
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Apart from adding the glam quotient to your home bar, bar stools are also great for enjoying few drinks if there are just 2-3 people at your bar. Otherwise just let it style your bar and use it to occasionally rest your foot or your body on a tiring day. Depending upon your taste you can go for contemporary design, rustic, ethnic or something quirky in look.

2. Drinks
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Yes, this is the cardinal part of any home bar. Make sure it has a good mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Apart from the regular beer, wine and spirit include some vintage wine, limited edition scotch bottles and high voltage alcohol for taking shots.

3. Measuring Jigger
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Another important tool is needed when you want to have some cocktails, scotch and vodka. Having a right proportion of alcohol in a drink is what makes it appealing to the taste buds. No matter how good you are with your estimations, do not muck around when you have guests over at your home bar. It is small and will hardly occupy any space in your bar.

4. Shaker, Strainer
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Shaker and strainer are the soul of cocktails. A perfect blend of alcohol with non-alcoholic drinks is the key to prepare an invigorating cocktail and these two tools just help you to achieve that perfection.

5. Types of Glasses
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Presentation is important and trust me a glassware can make or break your drink. A beautiful glass or crystal ware can enhance your drink and is ornamental to the bar. Most of the drinks have specific glass in which they are customarily served. With the range of designs and colours available these days, glass wares could be the best part of your home bar, of course after your alcohol collection. Tall glass, Wine glass, Martini glass, Beer Mug, Spirit glass, Shot glass and Champagne Flute glass are just few varieties which are used in bars.

6. Glass Jug/Punch Bowl
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These are quintessential if you are making cocktails or mocktails, especially on a party evening. Plus these look classy and add zing to the drink you make.

7. Straw, Serviettes, Coasters
Drinking Straws
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If you are serving cocktails to ladies then having straws is a must. Women like to sip slowly on their drinks and straws are a big help. Additionally it saves their lipsticks from smudging. Serviettes and coasters will come handy when you are serving drink and protect your house from some spills and drops.

8. Ice bucket, Tongs
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From cooling to adding volume and creating a sassy look, ice cubes or rocks have a special place in home bars. Imagine what would happen to your Scotch on the Rock and Bourbon n Coke without these pristine rocks and their divine effect.

9. Salt, Lime, Olives, Tooth Picks
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Salt and lime are hand in glove when it comes to layering the rim of cocktail glasses or licking away with Tequila shots. Olives are great to bite on when having certain cocktails so why not keep it handy?

10. Bottle Opener, Cork Screw, Stubby Holder
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These are few tools which are absolutely basic and without which your bar would not be complete.

Additionally you can have ice crusher, mini blender, mini fridge, decanter if the space permits you and turn your home bar into a favourite party spot for your guests.
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