KEEP IT WELL STOCKED
Liquors Vodka, vermouth (dry and sweet), gin, tequila, rum, whiskey, brandy Liqueurs Cointreau, Amaretto, Kahlua, Sambuca, Midori, Frangelico, Chambord Mixers Angostura bitters, soda, ginger ale, tonic, juice, tabasco Garnishes Maraschino cherries, olives, lemon, lime, Bar tools Jigger, corkscrew, citrus press, paring knife, cocktail shaker, bar spoon, julep strainer, hawthorn strainer, muddler
Finish with a few bar stools or vintage chairs for guests, along with a side table for their drinks.
“Decorate with liqueur bottles, crystal decanters, hanging glassware, a fruit bowl and antique bar items,” Taylor says.
If you’re not quite ready to make a commitment, a bar cart or kitchen island are an easy alternative that can be moved around.
A cabinet, console or buffet can be repurposed as a home bar (above); if you’re short on space, try the Roy Bar Cart from bowerhouse.com.au (below left); complete the look with San Vito bar stools from ecochic.com.au.