The home bar is where you go to get your cocktails and other drinks ready. It’s a place to relax, unwind and enjoy the company of friends or family. You can make your home bar more enjoyable with a few simple accessories if you know what they are.
#1 Cocktail Shaker
Cocktail shakers are a fun and easy way to mix cocktails. They’re a container with a lid and a shaking mechanism designed to make mixing drinks much easier than using your hands alone. The top is usually a cap that screws on. This way, you can add ice cubes without having them fall into the liquid.
Not all cocktail shakers are made of metal, though—some are glass! You might have seen these at parties or bars before. They’re often called Boston shakers because they were invented in Boston when the time was scarce, but people still wanted their cocktails mixed up quickly before guests arrived. A Boston shaker consists of two containers. One larger one (with its built-in strainer) and another smaller one that fits inside it perfectly (and has its own built-in strainer). The two lids fit together tightly so that when shaken vigorously with ice inside them, no matter how hard you shake them together, there won’t be any spilling!
A jigger is a measuring device for alcoholic beverages. It’s also known as a shot glass and holds 1.5 fluid ounces of liquid, depending on the type you choose. A double jigger measures 1.5 fluid ounces in each cup, while a single jigger measures just one ounce per cup (which might be enough for some people).
Jiggers are usually made from stainless steel or plastic. Still, if you’re looking to get fancy with your home bar setup, there are plenty of other options for those who want something more decorative or personalized looking.
#3 Trays and Pitchers
A tray is a must-have for any home bar if you’re aiming to serve drinks at parties. It’s a simple and inexpensive way to elevate your drinks by offering guests a pretty, easy-to-hold serving vessel.
Of course, trays aren’t the only thing you’ll need to stock your home bar with to serve up impressive cocktails for friends. Pitchers are also key—not so that you can make pitchers of booze! They’re useful for chilling glasses or bottles of wine (not recommended) and providing mixers or garnishes when needed. These can be made from glass or metal and come in all shapes, sizes, and colors—so don’t be afraid to get creative!
#4 Glass Rimmer
If you have friends at your swimming pool party and don’t know what to put in cut-off wine bottles, you need a glass rimmer. Glas rimmer is a tool that helps you add salt or other spices to the rim of your glasses before they’re filled with cocktails.
There are many different types of glass rimmers on the market today. Still, most people use adjustable models that can hold various sizes of salt or sugar cubes (depending on your preference). You can find them at any major department store for less than $20. If you want something fancier and more durable, go for one made out of metal instead of plastic—they’ll last longer than the cheap ones!
Suppose you don’t want to buy expensive equipment just yet. In that case, there are other options available: some people like using lemon wedges instead since it’s easy enough to squeeze the juice into drinks without using extra equipment—however, this isn’t ideal if several people need their drinks prepared individually! Also, keep in mind that salt will dissolve faster than sugar when placed directly into a liquid. Try adding it first before any other beverages or ice cubes into your glass because otherwise they might become diluted by too much water content being added later.
Reamers are not an ordinary, everyday kitchen tool. They’re used to enlarge the holes in wine bottles so that you can pour more of your favorite beverage into a glass.
Reamers are used once in a while, but they’re handy when you need them—especially if you’re planning an event where guests will be drinking lots of wine!
At your next dinner party, ask guests to bring their bottles of wine instead of buying expensive bottles at the store. Then, use reamers to ensure everyone has an easy time opening their bottle and pouring it into their glasses (and don’t worry about cleaning up after this party—the guest who brought the bottle will do all the work!).
#6 Ice Bucket and Tongs
The ice bucket and tongs are a must-have for any home bar. Not only are they useful for keeping drinks cold, but they’re also convenient tools for making cocktails, and serving drinks. Even putting away leftover ice cream!
You can use tongs to remove items from your freezer more quickly than by hand. They come in handy when you want to grab a few ice cubes out of the freezer without getting frostbite on your fingers. If you don’t have an ice bucket or tray yet, this is where I recommend starting your search for one. Just make sure that it’s big enough to hold all the bottles and mugs in your collection. The ice bucket itself should be big enough so that everything fits inside without spilling over onto its side. You may also want some drip catcher on top so water doesn’t get all over countertops and floors.
#7 Cutting Board and Knife
The most important thing you’ll need when prepping ingredients is a big cutting board. It will help you cut up all of your fruits and garnishes. A good knife can also come in handy, so pick one up if you don’t already have one at home!
Once your ingredients are chopped and diced, it’s time to pour yourself a drink!
#8 Stopper and Pourer
The stopper and pourer set is a must for the budding bartender in your life. The stopper keeps liquid in the bottle by reducing airflow and pressure. The pourer controls the flow of liquid from a bottle or container by controlling how much air enters during pouring. This helps prevent oxidation while also keeping you from spilling all over yourself when trying to pour a drink!
If you’re looking for a way to add fun to your home and your home bar, these accessories are the perfect solution. Whether it’s serving drinks or creating them yourself, plenty of options can make your experience more enjoyable!