May 10 2013

by Heidi Leon Monges


Hola amigos, for Karen´s & I third collaboration, we decided to propose you some ideas on how to set up and style a home bar. Long gone are those days when a bored housewife was supposed to greet her man with a cocktail on hand (just for him, obviously). These days, we, ladies & gents, like to enjoy a nice drink while in a chic but relaxed setting. With Karen´s smart advice, we integrated a `bar cart´ in  a little corner of our living room, since then that place has become one of my husband´s and I fave spots à la maison. R. and I are really taking advantage of our swanky bar display  and nowadays, he´s the one who pours a glass of Cognac for his gal.

Hope you find these bar suggestions & tips handy.

Tell me, which one is your preferred classic drink ?. I wasn’t so sure about the White Lady but after two sips that dame blanche just stole my heart. – Heidi

Bonjour!. Here´s a list of the basic equipment and tools you will need to set up a Beginner´s Home Bar. I hope you have as much fun as we did creating Heidi´s first bar `cart´. To go along with the sleek & posh ambiance of a house bar I choose two classic cocktails that any respected professional or amateur bartender/entertainer should master. Both procedures may sound intimidating but they are not, it just requieres a good mise en place and trust me they are so worthy. – Karen

Basic equiment & tools list

- A cabinet, liquor cart or any vintage looking table, chair or bench

- Bar Spoons

- Board

- Bottle opener

- Cocktail Shaker

- Corckscrew

- Fruit knife (small)

- Fruit squeezer

- Glassware (Champagne flute, Wine, Martini, Rocks, Old Fashioned, High Ball, Shot, Pint/Pilsner)

- Ice bucket & thongs

- Jigger

- Muddler

- Strainer

- Stirrers

To have a “complete” home bar you will also need:

- Garnishes, such as fruits (limes, lemons, oranges, juice, zests and slices), olives and more.

- Straws & Cocktail Napkins (go creative, the prettier the better!)

- Toothpicks

- Spirits (Vodka, Gin, Tequila, Rhum, basically the ones you like)

- Mixers (Sodas, juice, syrups, etc)

Now we are all set, let´s make two awesome  cocktails!

For Her 


This elegant cocktail was created in London after WWII.

The combination of these ingredients might seem strange but the result is really balanced and the acidity of the limes gives an impression of freshness that´s hard to beat. All the pretty Ladies will love it!

2 cl Gin

2 cl Cointreau

2 cl Lime Juice

In a shaker put about 1/3 part of ice cubes.

Add all the ingredients and shake well.

Pour in a Martini glass and decorate with some lemon peel.

For Him


3 cl Rye Whiskey

1.5 cl Lemon Juice

A drop of Orange bitter

1 teaspoon of fine white sugar or home made syrup (recipe here)

1 egg white

Fill the shaker with ice cubes, sprinkle the sugar (or simple syrup) over the top of those ice cubes.

Add the lemon juice and Whiskey.

Add the egg white on the top of the ice cubes. Wait one minute for the egg white to slowly run down to the bottom of the shaker.

Shake vigorously (like if your life depends on it). Shake stronger than you will do for any Martini (glass) drink. The egg whites & the spirit mix need to emulsify.  While shaking, your hands might get/feel very cold, use a towel  to (firmly) wrap the shaker to avoid this.

Strain out the mix into an Old Fashioned glass.

Decorate with a slice of orange or with a cherry.

Et voilà, a real `Mad Men´drink!

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  1. Very useful! I love having pop-corn to snack – it a hit to any gathering!

  2. Me encanta tener siempre en casa un lugar reservado como bar, gracias por compartir la receta con nosotros, creo que nos resultara muy util!

  3. Aries Blinds says:

    very nice, thanks for sharing with us!

  4. I love it! This is so wonderfully sophisticated…I am inspired! We recently refurbished my great-grandmother’s bar and I can’t wait to stock and style it as you did here! :)

  5. Raquel says:

    Lo de reservar una esquina para un mini bar es estupendo!!En casa siempre ha sido mi marido el que se ha encargado de poner las copas, a él le encanta y sabe perfectamente lo que me gusta y la medida perfecta.
    Unas refrescantes fotos y una deliciosa combinación de sabores, besos guapa

    • Heidi says:

      Pues si, como que eso del área del Bar se le da muy bien a los maridos, aunque ojalá que con los consejos que Karen Gaignon nos comparte, muchas amigas más se animen a descubrir nuevos territorios . Gracias por la visita

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