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What to have in your home cocktail bar with Drinks Fusion

 

You may remember last year we photographed an awesome Christmas party at the Natural History Museum with Drinks Fusion, having been so inspired and impressed with the cocktails they created (I mean they were delicious!) it sparked a great idea for a collaboration series with them.  After pitching the idea to Johan and Rebecca, they were well and truly on board and a week or so ago we met up in great characterful east end pub for the shoot.

For the rest of the year, every few weeks we are going to share a bespoke cocktail with you –  the recipe, how to make it and maybe even a few cheeky tips from the creator himself… but first Johan has shared with us the spirits, equipment and glassware that build the perfect home cocktail bar, along with a couple of books he recommends for the budding cocktail maker!

 

Fresh fruit and copper cocktail equipment make for a stylish home cocktail bar

 

Products

  • Premium London dry gin
  • Premium vodka
  • 100% Agave Tequila
  • Mezcal
  • Aged rum
  • White rum
  • Grain whisky
  • Selection of single malt whisky’s
  • Bourbon whiskey
  • Rye whiskey
  • VSOP Armagnac or Cognac
  • Dry vermouth (should always be kept in the fridge after opening)
  • Sweet vermouth (should always be kept in the fridge after opening)
  • Akvavit (for the lover of Scandinavian flavours)
  • Bitters  (Angostura is always good staple product to have)
  • Simple syrup (mix of sugar and water)
  • Tonic
  • Soda water
  • Elderflower cordial
  • Lime cordial
  • Green Chartreuse
  • Absinthe
  • Tawny port
  • Dry sherry
  • A Selection of your favourite liqueurs flavours, keeping it seasonal always works – Creme de framboise, Creme de cassis, Creme de fraise de boise, Apricot brandy, Creme de peche de vigne, Creme de mure, Triple sec, Creme de cacao
  • Fresh limes, lemons, pink grapefruit and oranges, preferably unwaxed
  • Fresh mint or any other herb you prefer
  • Nocellara olives in brine
  • Pickled silver skin onions

Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker & Strainer
  • Bar spoon
  • 25ml/50ml Jigger
  • Mixing glass
  • Fine strainer
  • Pour sprouts
  • Hand held citrus squeezer
  • Muddler
  • Small chopping board
  • Sharp fruit knife
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Potato peeler to make citrus twists
  • Ice scoop
  • Good quality ice cubes (you can use large 2.5 inch square ice-moulds for large ice cubes, perfect for whisky on the rocks)

Glasses

  • Champagne flutes
  • Champagne coupe
  • Highball glass
  • Collins glass
  • Old-fashioned tumbler
  • Martini glass
  • Nick and Nora glass

Books:

 

gorgeous glassware and a citrus strainer should be part of your home cocktail bar kit

 

As we plan our new kitchen we’ll be keeping all of this in mind ready for our very own home cocktail bar!  I particularly love that this is the perfect excuse to buy more gorgeous glassware from LSA, Hutch thinks we don’t need any more but how can we go against this great advice and not have these fabulous champagne coupes or these stylish tumblers?!  If you have your own home cocktail bar we’d love to see, why not share some pictures with us either on instagram or facebook…. and if you love hosting you will love this series, wow your guests with some truly awesome cocktails.

I can’t wait to share the first cocktail with you, it’s perfect for those summer BBQs we’re itching to have.

Until next time,

Amanda x

 

tropical fruit and a punch bowl in your home cocktail bar

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