Guide to Stocking Your Bar
Retro Serving Station With Tray and Glassware
You can unify a shelf display by function, too. Mary Carol Garrity, author of Feather Your Nest: It's All in the Details and the owner of Nell Hill's, an accessories emporium in Atchison, Kan., likes to turn a shelf into a bar or a serving station. "Take out the shelf above to create more room, then top a tray with pretty cut-crystal decanters and glassware," she suggests. Design by Emily Henderson.
Rum (light and dark)
Whiskey (scotch and bourbon)
Wine (white, red and champagne)
Brandy and cognac
Fruit Juices and Coffee
Passion fruit juice
For coffee, dark roast types work best as a mixer.
Citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges)
Soft fruits (cherries, strawberries, apricots, peaches)
Fruit syrups (pineapple, peach, apricot, strawberry and banana)
Sirop de gomme
Stylish Cocktail Glassware
An important part of planning the bar is thinking about the type of glassware that will be used to serve each drink. While traditionalists recommend a different glass for red and white wine, you can keep things simple by using a multipurpose glass for both. You might also try searching for unique and vintage glassware at flea markets and garage sales to add to your collection; don't be afraid to mix and match stemware for an eclectic look. For large parties, we recommend renting glassware. It comes perfectly polished, and there's no need to clean before returning.
Old-Fashioned glasses or tumblers
Wineglasses (all shapes)
Heavy-based Collins glasses
Heavy-based Rocks glasses
Tulip-shaped champagne flutes
Essential for a classic martini
Doubles as a measuring spoon and a stir stick
Unless you're a walking encyclopedia of cocktail recipes
Keep your space clean
A must for mixing spirits
For when screw-top bottles annoy you
Don't even think about stirring every mixed drink.
It isn't always about style — ease of use is more important.
It should be large enough to be useful but small enough to store easily.
Definitely comes in handy for many cocktail recipes
To grate spices
Perfect for small gatherings, but think ice tub for anything bigger.
Normal ice cubes are too big for most cocktails.
Ice, Ice Tongs and Scoop
This is a must if you can't measure liquids accurately.
Look for one that is easy to use.
Beats using a wet paper towel
For those best-stirred-and-not-shaken drinks
Don't play the guessing game.
Make sure it's long enough.
Napkins and Coasters
Useful for soaking up weepy drinks
For cutting fruit garnishes
Rubber Spill Mat
Sure makes cleaning up a bit easier
Don't do with your hands what you can do with a nice strainer.
Go for a variety in size, color and shape.