Home Bar Essentials

National Drinks Day 2021

National Drinks Day 2021

Who doesn’t need a holiday this year? Especially one that celebrates booze. Here is the National Drinks Day 2021 calendar! JANUARY 2021 1/1 – Bloody Mary Day1/11 – Hot Toddy Day1/17 – Hot Buttered Rum Day1/20 – Coffee Break Day1/25 – Irish Coffee Day1/25 – Burns…

How to Choose the Perfect Muddler

How to Choose the Perfect Muddler

Just saying the word muddler is fun, but making cocktails that require muddling are even more fun! I’m talking Mojitos, Caipirinha, Mint Juleps, sometimes even the Old-fashioned. Time to pick the perfect muddler for you! Some of the most popular cocktails in the world are…

How to Choose the Perfect Jigger

How to Choose the Perfect Jigger

If there is one tool out of all the home bar essentials that I recommend, it’s a jigger. Without the jigger, there is almost no way to get that perfect negroni. Have you ever tried hand-pouring equal measures of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth at…

How to Read the Best Cocktail Books of 2020

How to Read the Best Cocktail Books of 2020

As we come to the end of 2020, it is fabulous to see so many of my past Lush Life Podcast guests with books on this list of the Best Cocktail Books of 2020. If you are looking for yourself or the cocktail lover in…

How to Choose the Perfect Home Bar Tools

How to Choose the Perfect Home Bar Tools

The answer is yes. You can make cocktails without all the fancy home bar tools that a proper bartender uses, but it’s just not as much fun and slightly less easy. These bartending tools have been perfected over centuries, just so your Negroni is spot…

How to Stock Your Home Bar

How to Stock Your Home Bar

One of the benefits of stocking your home bar is that you get to pick everything that’s on the shelf. Every ingredient from glass to garnish is your choice! There is no end to the thrills you feel as you strain that first cocktail you’ve…

How to Find Easy Gin Making Kits

How to Find Easy Gin Making Kits

The Martini, Gin and Tonic, Gin Fizz, Tom Collins are the most popular gin-based cocktails the world over. When making one of these gin cocktails at home, the question is what gin to use.  Wouldn’t it be fun if you could use your own gin? …

How to Understand Bartending Terminology

How to Understand Bartending Terminology

Watching bartender videos online can flummox any beginner home bartender. The jargon used is like a second language – building and floating, muddling and hard shaking. You’re lost before you’ve even begun! If you have yet to set up your home bar, thinking about one,…

How to Choose Glassware for Your Home Bar

How to Choose Glassware for Your Home Bar

When I was looking for bar glassware for my very new home bar, I didn’t know what to start with after the two Martini glasses I had in my possession. There were so many and what were they all for? I always loved a martini…

How to Set Up a Home Bar

How to Set Up a Home Bar

Sometimes you just need a drink. But after watching the wizards behind the stick at your local drinking establishment, how could you even compete? A Negroni is not just a Negroni.  Still, trying your hand at making a few cocktails and setting up your home…