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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  • So much potential here. But one thing is missing - Chartreuse. A very difficult to use, expensive, and little known spirit, over a hundred herbs and spices have been infused to create an amazing multilevel experience.

    Drops of it can be added to drinks to add a little 'extra', and a level of complexity which'll leave people wondering why your drinks are the best.*

    *Note; it has an anise base. Also, it's 55%. Drinking it neat is a wonderful experience, but for the unprepared can result in an interesting night. You've been warned.

    But of course, my snobbish tipple of choice, the potential abounds here for some amazing cocktails. One thing I haven't had is a bottle of Amaretto - I'm just imagining the possibilities...
  • samara says
    I have no crazy story I'm going to say what everyone else wants to! I would drink it!!!!!
  • Seb says
    I turn 21 this month so ill throw a huge 21st party at my place and get one of my bar tender mates to make some sweet drinks for everyone!!!!
  • Dean says
    Can't beat a classic: Jim Beam and Coke with a few mates!
  • Pamela says
    Well I had and baby and was breastfeeding so couldnt drink for ages and now i think i deserve it =]
  • I've recently decided to drop out of Uni and chase my real dream of opening a recording studio. I don't know how the hell I'll pull it off just yet but I've begun talking to people who can offer me advice and help me along and I'm sure that sheer determination will make it happen. I think a private bar would help to create an air of professionalism that I know I could never afford otherwise. I'd happily drink my favourites (Bloody Marys and Black/White Russians)while my guests/potential clients could have an almost limitless choice.
  • New Member says
    I have 1 sister and 1 brother. Between the 3 of us the total count of children, step-children, grandkids and 1 great-grandchild there are 62 of us. We're in the process of planning a reunion as a get-together for us all, as we've never all been together at the same time. This awesome prize would go down sooooo well.
  • Geez l would be lucky to only have one or two of these in the cupboard at any one time, even with the festive season almost upon us. You know Christmas isn't too far away once we have changed to daylight savings. Time to start stocking up!

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