There are few things more satisfying than grabbing a drink with your closest friends and unwinding after a long week at the office. However, with the average price of a cocktail at SGD 24*, a night out on the town can burn a hole through your pocket pretty quickly. Besides being expensive, hitting up the hippest spot in town usually means dealing with crowds and music so loud that it’s difficult to talk over. Drinking at home saves you money, time, and your hearing, but you’ve already graduated from the pre-gaming sessions of your college years. Here’s how you can bring the cocktail bar experience to your flat and enjoy all the things you love about going out, without actually leaving your house:
Setting up a cocktail bar in your flat doesn’t mean clearing out your entire apartment. There are plenty of beautiful bar carts available on the market at every price range. This elegant piece of furniture can take up very little room while serving as a conversation piece and focal point in your living space for many years to come. Apartment too cramped for a bar cart? Get creative and use the furniture you already have. Clear out a space in your cupboard or dedicate a spot bookshelf to display all your cocktail tools and spirits. Pick a spot away from the window, as direct sun exposure could affect the flavor of your alcoholic beverages.
Have staple spirits on hand like vodka, rum, gin, and whiskey, as well as classic mixers like tonic water, club soda, ginger ale, or cranberry juice, so you can whip up a classic cocktail at a moment’s notice. Especially if you’re displaying them in an open shelf, try to invest in drinks in beautiful bottles that you’ll be proud to display out in the open.
Garnishes may be optional, but the devil is in the details when it comes to recreating the cocktail club experience at home. A slice of lemon, lime, or orange will elevate your drink. Herbs like rosemary, mint, and basil add a pleasant aroma to any cocktail. You can also use these to elevate sodas, juices, or even water for those of your guests who are refraining from alcohol.
It doesn’t take a lot to transform your flat into the hippest cocktail bar in town. Swapping the harsh overhead lights in your flat for some expertly placed downlights and candles, or even installing a dimmer, can evoke the warmth and moodiness of any downtown speakeasy. Playing an expertly curated playlist over your speakers will set the tone of the evening and will have the added benefit of not being so loud as to drown out your conversation with your guests. Upgrading from your red plastic cup by investing in some quality glassware to serve your drinks in will make your cocktail party feel grown-up and sophisticated.
These are just some of the ways you can bring the cocktail bar experience home with you, so you can enjoy a craft tipple in the comfort of your own living room. Not only do you not have to worry about getting home after a night out, you can save money, experiment with drinks you wouldn’t ordinarily try, and focus more on having fun and making more memories.
*source: Expatisan.com, 2018