Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics. Everything you need (besides the liquor!) to set up or complete your home bar.





Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics

Everything you need (besides the liquor!) to set up or complete your home bar.

Setting up a bar at home or just looking for frequently used bar accessories used in making cocktail recipes? Bar accessories can be fun, playful or just utilitarian in nature. Some items are used frequently, some are more for party or large gathering use. A bar set up can make a great shower or wedding gift, or maybe you just need to fill in a few blanks? Here are my recommendations for setting up a home bar. Except for the fruit, all these items are shelf stable and do not need to be kept cold (and that is why I didn’t include eggs or ice).

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Cocktail Shaker – when you need your cocktails shaken, not stirred. A cocktail shaker makes for perfect combination of ingredients, and no drips.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Bar Rags – (or bar mops, basically kitchen dish towels) Lint free so you don’t leave flecks on your clean glasses

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Bar Spoon– used to stir a drink.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Blender– a necessity for mixing up icy drinks such as a Piña Colada or a Daiquiri.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Bottle Opener – pretty self-explanatory, necessary for opening bottles of beer or pop.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Citrus Squeezer – the difference between a good drink and a great drink can be as simple as freshly squeezed juice. I use mine all the time with lemons and limes.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Cocktail Glasses – there are many, many bar glasses you can purchase in all price ranges from a dollar for a plastic cocktail glass, to thousands for a collection of Waterford crystal. If you are just starting out building you bar, this party pack has the basics (I use it to photograph some of the drink recipes on Ann’s Entitled Life) or perhaps this entertainment pack better suits your needs?

Here’s a list of basic bar glasses, and their uses:

• Champagne Flute: Champagne
• Collins Glass: large mixed drinks
• Irish Coffee Mug: hot alcoholic beverages
• Hurricane: mixed drinks such as the hurricane, ruby relaxer, daiquiri and more!
• Margarita Glass: margaritas
• Martini (cocktail) Glass: martini, Manhattans, metropolitan, margaritas, grasshoppers, gimlets and more
• Old Fashioned (tumbler): mixed drinks
• Pilsner Glass: beer
• Shot Glass: shots of alcohol
• Snifter: brandy, cognac
•Wine Glass: red and white wine glasses used for wine

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Cocktail Muddler – you muddle stuff… basically you use a muddler to squish fruits, leaves (like mint or basil), sugars in a cocktail. My Raspberry Mint Julep Recipe has muddled raspberries and mint.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Cocktail Napkins – cocktail napkins soak up the glass sweat from melting ice so you avoid water rings on the bar or table, and they are fun!

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Jigger – measure exact quantities with a cocktail jigger. Cocktails call for 1/2 or 1 oz increments for a single drink. A jigger – specifically a double jigger – one side is 1/2 ounce, the other side is 1 ounce – is the easiest way to get uniform half and full ounce portions.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Ice Bucket – I only use my ice bucket for parties, but it is a definite necessity (with ice tongs) then!

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Knife – you’ll need it to cut your fruit (and a cutting board would not be remiss – put that last part in for Hubby. He had heart failure when I cut directly on the counter.)

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Olive Picks (stainless steel, plastic, wood, disposable) – great for placing olives, onions, maraschino cherries on a stick in a drink. When you look for the plastic ones, they are often labeled swords or picks.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Pitcher – for making more than one drink! I use mine to mix up some Tropical Rum Punch, Sidecars and more. A stirrer is a must.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Recipe Book – I love this book! If you have Amazon Prime you can download it for free. I felt it was worth the $2.99, and it is part of my eBook collection!

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Strainer – to strain your drinks from the cocktail shaker to glass.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Swizzle Sticks (plastic, glass, disposable) I have a giant collection to finish off a tall, stirred cocktail.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Wine Opener – Hubby bought me an electric wine opener, and I must admit I seldom use it. I prefer the old corkscrew.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Bitters – a shelf stable cocktail flavoring that basically will last f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Citrus Fruit – lemons, limes, oranges, not just for garnish but for the juice to mix the drinks

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Cream of Coconut – used in a lot of tropical drinks such as the Blue Hawaiian and Piña Colada.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Decorator Sugar – used in rimming a cocktail glass.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Gernadine – used in Bahama Mama, the Pink Lady and Pink Shimmy, as well as many other cocktails.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Ginger Beer – basically a fermented beverage used as a mixer, it is usually non-alcoholic (less than 0.5%) these days, although there is a brand or two out there that does contain alcohol. There is a difference in taste, and I prefer the non-alcoholic type.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Maraschino Cherries – used for garnish, and the juice is used in many cocktails.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Margarita Salt – used in rimming a cocktail glass.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Olives – another garnish, although the juice is also used to make a dirty martini.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Pop – ginger ale, cola, 7-up – used as a mixer in many cocktails

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Seltzer Water – a cocktail mixer

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Simple Syrup (or sometimes rock syrup) which is sugar water. Frequently used as the wet for rimming, or as an ingredient to sweeten the drink.

Ultimate Guide to Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics


Tonic Water

Those are my Non-Alcoholic Bar Basics To Setup a Home Bar Essentials. What else do you consider a Non-Alcoholic Bar Basic?


As always, drink responsibly and please don’t drink and drive.

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  1. Johanna Weisberg says:

    For people who want the taste of an alcoholic beverage, but can’t have the alcohol for medical reasons what can be used to replace the alcoholic ingredient(s)?

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