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What You Need For A Wicked Bar Setup

Weather your guests get down with 80 proof or, they prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, this is what you need for a wicked bar setup that’s ready for whipping up any libation.

BARWARE

From the inception of a cocktail to adorning them with the perfect garnish, these must have tools will have you creating drinks like a true mixologist.

Credit: Andie Cumber

Credit: Andie Cumber

Add a serving tray and carafe to this collection and you are open for business and ready to start taking orders!

GLASSWARE

There are about 27 different kinds of cocktail glasses but a small assortment will go a long way.  I recommend 6 to 8 each of the Old Fashioned, Champagne Flutes, Martini Glasses, White Wine Glasses, and Shot Glasses.  Lastly some Red Wine Glasses and perhaps some Pilsner Glasses for beer which are not shown.  Of course, if you have other types of drinks you prefer and the type of glass is not listed add away.

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SPIRITS

You don’t need to go all out and spend hundreds of dollars to stock every brand.  Instead start with at least one or two of your favorite, Vodka, Gin, Tequila, Rum, Whisky (to include, Bourbon, Rye & Scotch), and Brandy.  I consider myself a lightweight so often when my guests ask if they can bring something, I’ll suggest they bring their favorite beverage.

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LIQUEURS & CORDIALS

On the other hand liqueurs and cordials have a lower alcohol content anywhere from 15 – 55%.  They can be enjoyed alone or mixed with your favorite spirit.  Some of my favorites are Peach Schnapps, Cointreau, Kahlua, Limoncello, St Germain, and a sugar free Triple Sec that I recently purchased.

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BEER, WINE & MIXERS

Many of us enjoy an occasional beer or you may have a favorite red or white wine.  I personally have a few friends that are huge beer and wine fans.  It’s not a bad idea to check in with your family and friends for their preferences.  This could be a good way to start building your inventory.

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GARNISHES

Most cocktails will call for onions, olives, lemon, lime, salt, cherries or mint.  These are items that you want fresh, so make sure you include them in your grocery run.

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Now that I’m living the Keto life I’m not drinking as much.  But on the occasion that I do want a cocktail I made a simple syrup that is keto friendly that I used when I made a margarita.

Credit: Andie Cumber