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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  • zoe says
    What a Wicked prize

    my flat got broken into on st. pats night after we had gone to bed they stole all our alcohol. which was two bottles of Tequila 2 bottles of bourbon..and my ipod..i would really love this as i cant afford any new bottles and have resulted in RTDS and CHEAP Wine =[
  • New Member says
    I'd ensconse the lot in a specially made art decco cocktail cabnet.
    Every night I'd prepare a different cocktail of my own devising to share with a special friend.
    For starters - it'd be 'Stolen Kisses' - a slick and slippery mix of Stolen Rum, Cointreau, Disaronno Amaretto and a muddled orange quarter, stirred over ice and topped up with Tonic water.
    Sometime a little of my hoard would find it's way into a very special dinner dish.
    My flounder poached in a Vermouth, lemon & butter combo is justly famous. And, of course, an occasional dessert would make its' appearance enhanced by the addition of some luscious spirits.
    Because of the tender loving care I would lavish on such a collection - I would certainly be the perfect custodian for this precious cargo. I would savour it and make it last - oooh, for ages, I should think!
  • Peter says
    Always thought it'd be cool to setup a mini-bar ala Gregory House style, off 'House"
  • Jeanine says
    Yaye!!! ...I know exactly what I would do!!!
    I would 'finally' have a 21st!!!!
    ... I am now 40!
    With 5 kids...
    ...and 5 grandkids!
  • Marley says
    I would create the best party ever!!! 40th coming up and karaoke just like my 30th!! So need alcohol for that ha.
  • Shaun says
    I would hold a Family and friend gathering and serve them up all their favourite drinks
  • Andreas says
    I would have a cocktail-drinks party at home, serving Frozen Margharitas, Baileys on ice, and Cointreau on the rocks, listening to music and having DEEP (certainly, after a couple of Margharitas...) conversations!
  • Andrew says
    We have a house-warming coming up in the next month, plus my wife and I have a combined celebration of our 40th birthdays in June. We could combine everything to one awesome night and have a whole range of cocktails but straight shots for those that are keen.
  • sarah says
    I would save all these goodies for my wedding at the end of the year. I would love to set up a little bar and have someone serve drinks for us all night. This would make that idea come true.. I'm thinking some straight whiskeys on the rocks and cigars would be a great way to celebrate the day. and then later on in the evening when everyone is getting into party mode we could get into the Whiskey COCKTAILS!! Blue Blazer(Scotch, water, sugar), Manhattan(Canadian whiskey, sweet vermouth), Presbyterian(whiskey, club soda, ginger ale), Washington Apple for the girls(Canadian whiskey, apple schnapps and cranberry juice )... so many yummy cocktails it would take to long to name them all.... And of course plenty of SHOTS along the way. This would be an amazing prize to win :D
  • Johnny B says
    I would host a midwinter cocktail party. Several of my friends are good barmen, and with the combo of their skills and these drinks, a debaucherous night of frivolity and scandal would surely follow. We're famous among our friends for these sorts of parties, and this prize pack would certainly set the next one off!
    • Johnny B says
      We'd probably start with something exotic (a Road Runner?) and move into the more simple drinks as the night progressed (Screwdrivers). We've got the help of a good cocktail blender to help

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