5 Items a Good Mini-Bar Should Have

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5 Items a Good Mini-Bar Should Have

Staff Writer · Aug 2, 2010

A mini bar is the perfect way to contain your alcohol in one place, provide a centralized location for gatherings and make it easy for you to provide yourself and guests with drinks. However, there are a few things every mini bar should have for it to function properly.

1. Alcohol Varieties

Of course, by its nature a mini bar requires alcohol. However, because of the smaller size of a mini bar, having a full range of types and amounts of alcohol may be impossible. To circumvent the limitations of the smaller space, buy the smaller to middle sized bottles. These smaller bottles will permit you to have more options available in the bar.

If you have an extremely limited space, stick to the basics: vodka, rum, scotch and gin. These four types can be combined in unlimited ways to make almost any drink, meaning that everyone will be able to order something they like.

While it may seem like a good idea, do not put miniature, airline-sized bottles in your mini bar. Doing this make the bar appear less serious and as though you hadn’t created it yourself but instead just gathered whatever was nearby.

2. Mixers

It is rare for someone to want their alcohol without a mixer. Because of this, you should stock your bar with a variety of mixers. If your mini bar contains a fridge, you will not need to be concerned with spoilage. However, if it does not, check the expiration dates and refrigeration requirements of any mixers. Similar to alcohol, it is best to have a large variety of mixers available. Often, though, mixers do not come in smaller bottles. In this instance, choose the most commonly used mixers: cola, tonic water and a fruit mixer.

3. Accoutrements

What distinguishes a good mini bar from a great one is the available drink accessories. No, this does not mean having a variety of colorful drink umbrellas, but rather having the appropriate glasses and fruit or vegetables for drinks. Additionally, it is smart to purchase and have ready a variety of appropriate glassware and ice.

4. Equipment

Making the perfect drink is a process that often requires specific equipment. Do not try to skip corners and make a drink the wrong way because it will not taste or look right to your guests. Invest in good equipment as it will last longer and work better. At a minimum, you will need a blender, a martini shaker and a set of bar utensils.

5. Keep It Clean and Neat

Give your mini bar the appropriate distinction it deserves by keeping it and the surrounding area clean and neat. Only display unique bottles and glasses on top of the bar. Additionally, do not use the area for anything other than a bar. You may want to install shelves to store glasses and equipment and keep the area organized.

Adding a mini bar to your décor is a great way to become the perfect host. However, any mini bar must be appropriately stocked and equipped to be successful. Remember to make the bar fun, though, as that is the most essential element!

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