A home bar doesn't have to be a headache: Invest in basic equipment, stock up on essential liquors, and you can have a spread that will impress amateurs -- and even make professionals nod in quiet approval.
Liquor will keep for a long time, particularly in a cool place away from direct sunlight. The lower the liquid level, though, the more quickly you should consume the liquor, as the air in the bottle will leach out the flavors. Vermouth, however, is a wine, and should be refrigerated and drunk fairly quickly.
The equipment needed to mix a cocktail is simple to master, and you don't need a lot of it.
Ice cube trays
For more tips on tools and tumblers, see our Barware and Glassware Guide.
For everyday use in your home bar, you only need six or eight of each of these three basic types: aRead More »from A Bar with No Tab and No Crazy Drunk People? Yes, Please!