Just like when you purchased your new big screen television, you had to buy a new Blu-Ray and discs for it. Or when you bought your new computer that created a need for a printer/scanner along with ink and paper. And both of those purchases required additional cables and wires, etc., etc. And the addition of a wet bar in your home will generate the need for some accessories to compliment it.
A wet bar will bring many hours of enjoyment to your home. It will make entertaining guests easier, and it adds a touch of class to your home as well. Making sure it is properly accessorized is important from the smallest of things like a corkscrew to larger things like an ice maker and a mini-fridge. They may not be things you use all day, every day, but having them in place is a must for any wet bar to ensure the best experience.
You can stock your bar with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well various condiments such as cherries, lemons, limes, and olives. It is important to have plenty of the most commonly used traditional spirits like brandy, gin, rum, scotch, tequila, vodka, and whiskey.
The next item you’ll want to stock your wet bar with are cocktail drink mixers. Some of the more commonly used mixers are cola, cranberry juice, dry vermouth, ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, orange juice, tomato juice, and tonic water.
A Recipe Book
Any well functional wet bar should have a selection of recipe or cocktail books. These are very helpful in learning how to mix the perfect drink, and it can be fun to try something new from time to time too! These books are usually alphabetized by the name of the drink and will list all of the ingredients you’ll need for each mixed drink. It will then state the steps to make the drink, and most of these books have a picture so that you can see what the finished product should look like. It is very similar to a food recipe book.
The Necessary “Tools”
Any well stock wet bar needs to be properly equipped with various “tools”. Those tools include a blender, a shaker, and swizzle sticks. You’ll also want to stock various types of glassware to that you can serve your guests with style. Some of the glassware you’ll want to stock up on are beer steins and pilsner glasses. You’ll want to get wine glasses for both red wine and white wine. Get a stock of highball glasses and martini glasses as well as several shot glasses and snifters. The winter months, having some mugs on hand for hot toddies is always a good idea too.
In addition to the standard “tools”, you’ll find many different miscellaneous gadgets that you may find fun, helpful, and interesting to have your wet bar. Items like one or two sets of whiskey stones that you’ll keep in the mini-fridge freezer, ready to use! And a variety of coasters, and of course, pourers which are place on top of the alcohol bottles to make pouring easier & less messy. You should have a stack of stirrers and straws too, and if you plan to serve margaritas, you’ll want to purchase a glass rimmer for salting the glass rims.
The Heavy Equipment
As you set up your wet bar, your guests and yourself will want your drinks cold and some will want ice. Having a mini-fridge and an ice maker is a must to make this easy accessible instead of running back and forth to the kitchen. You can also keep the fruit condiments in the fridge, so they aren’t used in general everyday activity in the kitchen.
For yourself and for your guests, stock the wet bar with a wine cooler too and have a variety of different wines in it. There is nothing better after a long hard day than to come home and pour a glass of your favorite wine to relax with. There are so many different types of wines you won’t be able to keep them all in your home, so just choose a few of the most popular and a mixture of red, merlots and white.
And of course, you’ll want all your glassware properly displayed on the backside of your wet bar. The most common way is to have mirror tiles and glass shelves but to each his own! And two to three bar stools around the wet bar can make for a cozy place for your family and friends to chat and visit.