Home Bar: Making Homemade Cocktails


Going to the bar to hang out with friends is cool and all, but having a get-together in your bar at home is even better. Picture yourself entertaining your friends and other guests with homemade cocktail recipes. Your home bar should be stocked with all the essentials like measuring cups, stirring spoons, muddlers, shakers, and strainers. Naturally, having the basic spirits like vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, tequila, and bourbon will get you started in creating your own cocktails at home. Perhaps later down the line, you may want to supplement your drink recipes with new additions to your home bar such as flavored syrups, mixers, and wines. Today, we’ll include some cocktail recipes that will go well with any type of gathering at your home bar.


Your birthday is coming up, and you’ve decided to throw a party at home. You’ve thought it through in your head, thinking, “If I rent out a venue or hold the party at a bar, I’m sure it’ll cost a pretty penny with all the guests I’ll be inviting. The bar at home is ready to entertain and I won’t have to worry about a large bar bill at the end.” Sitting at your home bar, you’re looking around and remembered you just bought that bottle of French vanilla syrup. Here is a unique recipe you can make using French vanilla syrup and vodka. The recipe calls for 1 ½ ounce of chilled vodka, ½ ounce of French vanilla syrup, and 1 small pineapple. To make, cut the pineapple into small pieces. Muddle the pineapple and place it in a shaker. Add the vodka and French vanilla syrup. Shake then strain. Pour the mix into a chilled champagne glass. As an option, you can garnish the drink with a slice of pineapple. This recipe yields a single serving. Unique in its flavor, your guests will be thrilled to taste this new homemade cocktail during your birthday party.


Whether you’re about to celebrate a wedding anniversary, a friendship anniversary, or any other kind of anniversary, you’d want to create a cocktail that will entertain while reminiscing those wonderful memories. Here is a tasty cocktail recipe that will liven up those fond memorable times. The recipe is called “Tequila Sunrise” and asks for only three main ingredients. It calls for 4 ounces of orange juice, 2 ounces of tequila, ½ an ounce of grenadine, and ice. To make, stir together the orange juice and tequila in a shaker or glass. Pour the mix over ice. Take the grenadine and slowly pour it into the glass using the inside edge of your chosen container. Enjoy! As an option, you may garnish this cocktail drink with a slice of orange and or a cherry. This recipe yields a single serving, so keep the ingredients near as you will want to make refills.

A No Booze Kind of Night

So maybe you are wanting to avoid a massive hangover in the morning because you have a really, and I mean really, early meeting in the morning. Your friend is having a small welcoming party, and they said you have to go. What do you do? Call your friend up and request for them to make you a delicious mocktail. Send them this recipe. Problem solved. It calls for 4 cups of ginger beer or ginger ale, 1 cup of club soda or seltzer water, 3 tablespoons of lime juice, 2 ounces of grenadine, some maraschino cherries, and ice. To assemble, stir together all liquid ingredients. Once combined, pour over a tall glass of ice. Then, garnish the mocktail with some maraschino cherries. Enjoy and take sips with a paper straw. You can consume an endless amount of this delicious mocktail without worrying about a hangover in the morning.

To Wine and Dine

Are you planning a dinner party and wanted to create an unconventional take on serving dinner with wine? How about creating a wine cocktail? A wine cocktail? Are you talking about a mimosa or a bellini? Those aren’t new. Is there anything else similar but distinctive? Yes, there is and here is a recipe for one. The recipe asks for 1 ounce of your favorite Moscato, chilled, and 1 ounce of your favorite vodka, also chilled. To make, combine Moscato and vodka by stirring. Next, pour the mixture into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. If you are wondering if it’s okay to use flavored Moscato and or vodka, it’s okay! If you choose to go this route, garnish your wine cocktail in a way that it will give your guests a hint of your unique cocktail’s flavor.

These are only a few creative cocktails you can make at home in your home bar for any occasion. Continue to let your creativity flow as you make additions to your home bar in both spirits and accessories.

By Jamie Roberts

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