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How To Stock The Perfect Home Bar For The Holidays

Christmas is approaching fast which means it’s the perfect time to invite friends and loved ones to your home for a couple of drinks and let the stories flow into the wee hours.

As host, you’ll want to make sure your home bar is ready with all of the essentials, including the tools to create drinks as well as the drinks themselves. But what exactly constitutes a well-stocked and prepared home bar?

Drinks and Ingredients


For drinks, the name of the game is variety. It’s good to make a strong impression on your guests, and the best way to do that is to actually have the drinks that they want to drink. If you aren’t exactly the alcohol enthusiast, having the following drinks and ingredients is a good start:

The Spirits

  • Vodka
  • Rum
  • Tequila
  • Gin
  • Scotch
  • Bourbon
  • Whiskey


  • Sprite
  • Coke
  • Ginger Ale
  • Club Soda
  • Orange Juice
  • Tonic Water

Other Cocktail Ingredients

  • Vermouth
  • Bitters
  • Cointreau



In addition to all of the bottles and cans of drinks and ingredients, you’ll need the standard tools for serving and preparing them. No person who is looking to wow his or her guests would be caught dead without the following bar tools:

  • Bottle Opener
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Corkscrew
  • Bar Spoon



Finally, you’re going to want to stock your home bar cabinets with as many different kinds of glasses as possible. After all, some drinks just taste better in certain glasses.

  • Wine Glasses
  • Shot Glasses
  • Pint Glasses
  • Tumblers
  • Martini Glasses

With these essentials stocked in your home bar, the holiday gatherings are sure to be a hit.