Frank's Home Bar Essentials

With the recent upswing of cocktail lounges and city bars now taking pride in delivering a real drink - we’re starting to see the welcome return of classics such as the Rusty Nail , the Manhattan , and the Sazerac .

Whether you’re a party animal, a decadent dinner party host or simply enjoy the opportunity to get your friends around for a drink the ability to cater with a home bar can place you in a class of your own.

Below follows Frank’s essentials for a home bar, this collection will allow you to serve the most common known cocktails and lays the foundation to begin catering for specific recipes by just adding a bottle or two as you grow.

Right, to kick the collection off there are a few different whiskeys you’ll want in your line up, these are;


http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5300/5462820829_24ab2c7692.jpgScotch Whisky

Barley-based, and dried over peat firestone Scotch is one of the more complex spirits distilled today and if you’re looking for a brand there’s no better choice than Chivas Regal. To truly appreciate its intricate composition serve it on the rocks, combine with sweet vermouth in a Manhattan , or with Lochan Ora / Drambuie for your Rusty Nail.

 

 

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5136/5463422000_bc73ddbe64.jpgAn American Whiskey, such as a Bourbon

Bourbon's unique character and high mixability position it as a must have for your home bar and when considering which brand Jim Beam who have held the same recipe since 1795, and as the world’s #1 selling Bourbon is a no-brainer setting you up perfectly to deliver a range of quality drinks like the Mint Julep, or the Sazerac.
 

 

 

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5175/5457688522_083a4a37dd.jpgCanadian whisky

Being lighter than scotch and smoother than bourbon, Canadian Whisky is blended for a more balanced flavour with CC being aged for 6 years unlike bourbon that by law may be aged for only two. A bottle of Canadian Club should always sit high on the order list for the standard CC & Dry through to the classic Sidecar you’ll be moving through this bottle at pace.

 

 

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5172/5457688572_c3791878e8.jpgIrish Whiskey

Overseen by the Irish Whiskey Act of 1980 most Irish whiskey’s are distilled three times and peat is rarely used in the malting process, providing Irish Whiskey a much smoother finish as opposed to the smokey, earthy overtones common in Scotches. Jameson is renowned for being triple distilled and twice as smooth, making it the go-to brand for a beautiful Jameson Sour, Mint Julep, or the staple – Jameson & Dry.

 

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5292/5457081891_60239eb544.jpgA Single Malt

Is a sophisticated Whisky that is enjoyed worldwide and is steeped in tradition. Enjoying a single-malt whisky is a complex experience of scent, taste and feel for the true connoisseur stepping away from blended recipes. Glenmorangie is our pick to start your collection, the original ten-year-old single malt opens with detection of vanilla and almond flavors before it ripples along the palate for a burst of flowery fruitiness. The delicate, velvety texture offers a touch of the smokiness, synonymous with single malts.

 

Having nailed the Whisk(e)y’s we now look towards the remaining spirits, click through to read on...

 
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  • John says
    I would save it till my Birthday in October, and have a few close friends around, I would make a few cocktails and the normal mixes and straight drinks as my friends would like them, as I used to be a Barman
    • New Member says
      After 30 years of marriage, we've never been able to afford a 'housewarming' - this would go down a treat!
    • Brian says
      Wow, what a reward.

      My son's gf is having a baby in June, and this would be a wonderful way to have a family n friends party with him before baby is born.
      We could have all his friends around and drink to the health of a beautiful new baby.
      After all the world's bad news of recent times, something nice and beautiful is just what's needed to be celebrated... a NEW Life brought into the world.
      OK... who's thirsty.
    • Rugbylocos says
      My wife and I would invite some friends around to enjoy this and to take our mind off the earthquakes we have been through. It would be a great time just to have a few laughs (which are lacking at the moment with whats going on here in Christchurch). I need these drinks!!! Please put me into the draw GetFrank!!
    • josh says
      Wow this would be the perfect 21st present, im planning on haveing a full cocktail eveing and this would be the best way to start. i would serve green grasshoppers and long island ice teas also would be making my own creation called a mp involves vokda and flavoured liquers layerd into a glass with a floating half shot of tequlia in the middle absalut bliss
    • Darren says
      I would invite as many of my good frends and have a huge cocktail party and have fluffy duck and black russians just like the old days
    • Hippynz says
      I'd invite everyone i know around for a Saturday much like my Boxing day drinks, cocktails all round.
    • Mr says
      Seeing its my Grandma's 70th soon i think this prize would go down as the best present in the history of the world. Period. Because she is trying 70 she has this rebellious streak in her and whats to try new and exciting things. One ( or many ) of which could be the unlimited potential of cocktails that could be made from the prize pack. Cointreau and Irish cream = Caress. Is a possibility she and the rest of the party would like.
    • EarlyRiser says
      Sweet Chivas Regal, come to me my friend. Forget the cocktails, straight up, that's the way. Mmmm ...zzz
    • Jo says
      How cool! I'd take it to our next Caravan Rally and set up a bar for all the Oldies. Do a 1940's theme and serve them all their old favorites like Martini's, Manhattan, Gibson, Gin frizz etc. What a hoot! the Campground would be rocking!
      • Jo says
        Sorry Photo turned out huge!
      • John says
        I'm 50 in December, so this package would be perfect! I would get my oldest friends around for a 50th birthday cocktail party ..... just like when we were in our teens and pretending to be sophisticated. Maybe start with something rum based .... a tasty Cabana Club .... move on to the Vodka with a nice Blow Job ..... no Ouzo so would unfortunately have to give the Super Balrog a miss, but could always use the Tequila instead .... and I have always been very partial to Tequila ..... in a good old fashioned Tequila Sunrise. By this time everybody would be nicely loose and to prove that while we may be older that we haven't lost our sense of adventure it would be time to move on to the house specialty ..... the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster! This particular version basically involves throwing in a little of everything the maker can lay his hands on ..... and as described in The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy is like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped 'round a large gold brick. Just like the good old days! :-)

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