So, you've decided that you want to start your own cocktail bar at home. A home cocktail bar isn't a small investment, so this guide is going to help you make the biggest impact on your guests, and all the new friends you're likely to make because of your investment.
First things first – liquor. The best advice I can give is to buy quality liquors. I don't mean that you have to invest in top shelf, high class liquor, but if you do, that's not a bad idea either. Top shelf liquor will give a top shelf impression, no doubt about it. What you want to avoid, though, is buying bottom shelf or low quality liquor. Not only do you suffer in taste, the drinkers can suffer from indigestion or other poor reactions to low quality alcohol.
Home cocktail bars require a solid setup of liquor, and you'll need a solid collection that includes variety, not just quality. A bourbon, gin, rum, scotch, tequila, vodka, and whiskey are the main ingredients you'll want to go for. If you're looking for a general guide in quality, anything "Captain Morgan" or better on the shelf should be fine. Also, if you've never tried Gray Goose for your vodka or Southern Comfort for your whiskey, your home cocktails bar is a great place to try that out.
Now you're going to need mixers for your cocktails. Fruit drinks, mixers, sodas, and more are all important. You'll also need the right kinds of mixers, and there are a wide variety (standard, cool, Boston, short glass, and so on) and investing in one of each is a good idea. You'll also need the other basics, like a bottle opener and wine opener. With all this, your home cocktail bar should have the basics it needs.