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; 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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  • Karen says
    Wow, what an awesome competition. If I won I'd invite my friends around for a special themed murder mystery dinner party and use the ingredients to create cocktails to suit the theme. My favourite's are ones with Contreau in them. Too many to name.
  • Rocketman says
    I would invite all my friends over, both of them, do my Tom Cruise Cocktail impersonation, try not to smash any windows throwing the bottles over my shoulder and make as many imaginative cocktails as I can think of ! Would be sweet .
  • Mike says
    Wow, did I see Rusty Nail amoung the Whisky ideas!!
    That brings back the memories.
    Well I guess that I would just invite a whole lot of mates around, and try and get everyone to suggest their "best ever cocktails" then do our best to work our way through them. Easter might be a great time, as there are a couple of spare days when there isn't much else to do!
  • Evan says
    I would have a nice dinner (scotch fillet) with mates, and then finish off the evening with whiskey and cigars, and then at a later date have some people over for some cocktail experimentation.
  • Glenn says
    Well it the school holidays soon the kids will be away .time for Mum and Dad to lay back and pretend that we don't any kids ,Mum can have a refreshing Gin Lime and Lemonade while Dad has the Classic Jim Beam and Coke .And maybe start working on the next member of the family.
  • twist55 says
    I would celebrate by having a cocktail party. I'm sure heaps of people would come if the knew what I had won! I would make. I'd just need a few ingredients to make Long Island Ice Tea's. Ahh I can picture the inebriation now .
  • marty says
    i would celebrate my 40th and wedding party that i never really did in style
    DAMM GOBAL MELTDOWN if would the mother of all cocktail parties from sunset to sunrise
  • Mark says
    Flat warming dress up party using the amazing stolen rum for some mohitos, classic long island iced teas, and after a few more ingredient purchases would whip up some flaming lambo cocktails!!
  • Jonathan says
    I feel a hangover to end all hangovers coming on. Glen my old mate Morange come over and bring a glass. It's been a while.

    Some scotch, a few mates, some fishing and a babrie. What finner way to to end a day. Maybe some paint ball too.
  • Alexandra says
    I would celebrate by having a house warming party!
    I've moved from Wanganui to Hamilton and the cost of moving was disgusting so haven't been able to organise a house warming as of yet.
    One of my friends is a bartender so I'd get him behind the bar making all kinds of fancy drinks.

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