Building A Custom Home Bar? 3 Must-Have Items Not To Forget

Posted on: 25 July 2019

Whether you love a nice mixed drink from time to time or you have a penchant for gourmet smoothies, creating a custom home bar can help you to make your beverage dreams a reality. However, many people putting in home bars for the first time overlook essential items they need, creating problems down the road. Here are a few critical components of custom home bars, and how they help in the long run. 

1.    An Ice Maker You won't be able to whip up that chilly cocktail or create an icy green smoothie without the addition of plain ice, and if you are relying on ice trays, your supply can be completely obliterated in no time. When you are budgeting for a home bar addition, don't forget to add in the cost of a standalone ice maker, which can help you to create great drinks faster and easier. 

Standalone ice makers are available in a wide range of different styles and ice creation capacities, making it easy to enjoy cubed, crushed, or even pebbled ice in seconds. Before you invest in an ice maker, carefully consider where you will put it, whether or not a water line can be installed in the area, and how much space it will take up on your custom home bar.  

2.    Essential Barware  You know what drinks you like, but did you know that some mixed drinks are specifically offered in special glasses to heighten their flavor and create a signature appeal? If you want your custom home bar to have a legitimate feeling, stock up on essential barware such as wine glasses, high-ball glasses, rocks glasses, and champagne flutes. 

Additionally, have the right bar supplies on hand to make drink mixing easier. Bar spoons, shakers, strainers, and mixing glasses are all helpful when you need to whip up a cocktail in a hurry. 

3. Staple Drinks and Mixers You might not be interested in keeping the supplies for a skinny margarita on hand, but if you have the right crowd at your house, they might wonder how stocked that bar really is if you don't have the supplies for it on hand. To create a truly functional home bar, stock up on a variety of staple spirits, wines, mixers, frozen fruits, and even fresh herbs like mint to give you the ability to mix up anything your guests order. 

Consider keeping a quick drink-making guide on hand, so you can look up the ingredients and amounts needed for a long list of drinks. 

While creating your own home bar may be a little time consuming, your family and friends will appreciate having a convenient, easy-to-use, and safe place to enjoy their favorite drinks on the weekends. Talk with contractors in your area about breaking ground on your project, and don't forget to ask them to wire and plumb areas for additional refrigerators and sinks.