Ankit Negandhi, mixologist and owner of Mumbai-based Barwings Hospitality shares tips on stocking up your personal bar.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
While there's nothing wrong with investing in an expensive label, don't go for the bottle unless you know the spirit well. Also, for your home bar the main consumer is you. Spending a fortune on something that one would hardly savour over a weekend isn't worthwhile.
While your boatload of money may buy you every kind of liquor in a store, it's wise to start small with a broad variety of spirits that will go off the bar shelves easily. Whisky, vodka, rum, gin, tequila, beers, and wines (a couple of cabernet sauvignons and chardonnays) are the safest bets.
KNOW YOUR GUESTS
A week before throwing a party or just having some guests over for dinner, find out what their spirit preferences are and stock up accordingly.
DON'T FORGET THE BAR TOOLS
A bar is incomplete without a cocktail bar set that comprises of a Boston shaker, bar spoons, a muddler, a strainer, and a pour spout. Invest in an easy-to-clean and durable one.
MIXERS AND GARNISHES
You'd need crushes and syrups like kiwi, strawberry, sugar syrup. Keep some fresh fruits like apple, watermelon, and orange, etc. Also stock up on garnishes and mixers like ginger, lime, mint, tonic water and packaged juices.
BAR ACCESSORIES 101
Finally, you'll need the proper tools for the finishing touches. Invest in martini glasses, rocks glasses, red wine goblets, tall glasses for cocktails and mocktails, beer mugs, champagne tules, toothpicks for olives, and napkins.