All In - How to Bring Vegas to Your Home Bar
“There’s a special rung in hell reserved for people who waste good scotch,” that’s Lt. Aldo Raine of Inglorious Bastards right there; such an honorable man. How about Casablanca Rick Blaine’s “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in the world, she walks into mine?” Such a classic! And don’t forget the Wedding Singer’s Robbie Hart with his mullet, shots and disillusioned wisdom of love!
What do these three movie scenes have in common? Yes, they all happened in a bar. But these ain’t just movie scenes; these iconic bar scenes have become someone’s turning point and changed someone’s life one way or another. What we are trying to say is that a lot of life-changing conversations happen in a bar. So, what are the chances that something like this will happen in your Man Cave’s bar? Is your home bar worthy enough?
If you have a home bar, that’s cool. If you have a properly-stocked bar that is prepared for any unexpected guys gathering, well that’s taking things to a whole new level! As for us guys here at Manly Caves, we don’t settle for anything less than the latter. So if you have just built the home bar in your Man Cave and you need a guide on how to stock it up, you’ve come to the right place.
First Things First: Home Bar Rules
Now before you get all excited and crazy, let’s first establish some rules.
#1 Pick alcohol that you enjoy guzzlingSetting up a home bar can also be for your guests' entertainment. Of course, you'd like to stock it up with drinks they will enjoy BUT do keep in mind that the home bar's main customer is YOU. You don't want to end up spending a fortune on drinks that you don't enjoy, do you?
#2 Start small
Because great things start from small beginnings! Well, that and because you don't want to overwhelm your guests and yourself with drinks, you don't even know what to mix them with. We suggest that you start with your favorite cocktail's ingredients and grow gradually.
Your Home Bar: Set and Stock it Up
We have made a list of what should your home bar have in stock but again, remember to prioritize your taste and budget. So without further ado, let’s get down to business.
- Gin. It’s one of the base spirits for most cocktails. This comes in four varieties, too: London Dry, Plymouth, Old Tom, and Genever.
- Vodka. It’s an excellent liquor for shots and mixing cocktails. This can be distilled from potatoes, sugar cane or grains.
- Bourbon whiskey. You can’t go wrong on this one. It’s an essential liquor for classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned.
- Scotch whiskey. It soothes the soul and calms the mind. Great for thinking deep, manly thoughts.
- Tequila. If you plan to use it for mixed drinks, gold tequila is your best pick. But if you like to take it like a man, straight up, silver tequila is your salvation.
- Rum. Light rum is for mixed cocktails, and dark rum is for punches.
- Tonic water
- Ginger ale
- Fruit juices
- Club soda
- Tabasco sauce
Barware & Accessories
- Martini glasses
- Wine Glasses
- Shot Glasses
- Beer mugs and pint glasses
- High Quality Tumbler
- Toothpicks for onions and olives
- Mixologist recipe book
Manly Cocktail Recipes
Here at Manly Caves, we believe it pays to know one or two perfectly mixed drinks. This can help impress a bro, romance a date, and schmooze a boss. Don’t know one yet? We provided three of some of the manliest cocktail recipes (We got you, bro).
- Classic Martini
For decades, James Bond has been the epitome of manliness. It is only right that his signature cocktail tops our list. You might want to be in your suit while reciting Casino Royale’s the Vesper recipe:
- 3 measures of Gordon’s
- 1 of vodka
- 1/2 measure of Kina Lillet
Instructions: Using a premium cocktail shaker, shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel.
You still have your suit on? Good, because according to Harry Hart a.k.a. Galahad, there’s another way of making a “proper” martini, and that’s a Kingsman’s way. This was perfected by Egsy himself, of course. Repeat after us: “Gin, not vodka, obviously. Stirred for 10 seconds while glancing at an unopened bottle of vermouth. Thank you.”
- Old Fashioned
Of course, who’d forget Don Draper’s dash of attitude? His signature drink may be old-fashioned, literally and figuratively speaking, but this bad boy can surely give a punch. How he gets back to work after gulping this drink down? Heck, you tell us.
- 1 sugar cube
- 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 1 tablespoon of club soda
- 2 oz of bourbon whiskey
- 1 strip of lemon peel
Instruction: Take one glass from this personalized whiskey decanter and glass set and fill it with ice. Add cherry, orange slice, and a lemon wedge. Pour in bourbon. Serve in a rocks glass over ice.
- White Russian
No, this drink did not originate from Russia. This is a vodka-based cocktail, hence the Russian name. This cocktail is in our top three thanks to The Dude from The Big Lebowski.
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/2 oz coffee liqueur
- 1 oz heavy cream
Instructions: Pour vodka, coffee liqueur, and heavy cream into a cocktail glass or this personalized beer glass for a more macho feel. Stir well.
Your Signature Drink
Like the martini to James Bond and Kingsmen, and the white Russian to The Dude - you got to have your drink. It can be your own home brewed ale you love to store in personalized growlers. Or it could be, using a few more brewing supplies, your very own distilled spirits. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy or cool(well maybe a little), it just needs to be yours. Pick your drink and own it!
What happens in your Home Bar, Stays in your Home Bar!