Gone are the days of the boring old ice cubes that come out of your refrigerator door. These days there are specialized ice cubes, spheres, and even spears! Each ice shape can be made special for the exact beverage you’re drinking. Having the perfect ice for your favorite drink can make any cocktail feel like a luxury.
When trying a new cocktail for the first time, do some research to determine what pieces of barware are recommended. For instance, when making a Mojito you’ll need a muddler to crush the fresh mint in the bottom of your glass and release it’s vibrant flavor. Of course, there are other ways to complete this task, but it’s fun and luxurious to use a beautiful wooden muddler! If you’re interested in making a martini you’ll need to begin by answering the age old question: shaken or stirred? Or, keep your options open by purchasing a martini shaker and a martini stirrer. An elegant crystal martini set is the perfect addition to your luxury lifestyle.
When it comes to making drinks there is a glass for every occasion! From red or white wine glasses to rocks and martini glasses there is a vast array of glassware available for your bar. Choosing the right glassware is as much about function as it is about decor. A cabinet or shelf filled with beautiful glassware is a gorgeous and functional addition to your home bar.
Cocktail connoisseurs swear by specialty ingredients like bitters, liqueurs, olives, and cherries. Consider stocking up on the classics as well as some new and interesting flavors. You never know when your guest will be in need of a special hint of flavor in their cocktail.
As with the craft beer craze of the last couple of years, locally owned and operated distilleries are popping up in communities all across Florida. When purchasing the central ingredients for your cocktail bar, do some research to find out what distilleries are in your area. This will lend a fun and special feeling to your party while also supporting local businesses.
A properly stocked bar will up the ante on your at-home luxury lifestyle. That said, whatever the occasion and whatever drinks you serve, your new home bar will be fun and engaging because of the great company you invite to share it with you. Whether you're looking to build a brand new luxury custom home, or wanting to add a wet bar to the home you already love, Empire Custom Homes wants to help you build the perfect bar for your next cocktail party. Contact us to learn more.