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Hostessing Tips – Creating The Perfect Bar For Your Home

At The Heatley Cliff, we are all about Modern Manor Living. And part of that is being a well prepared hostess who can provide her guests with their preferred beverage in an efficient manner and impeccable presentation. Here’s how you can create your perfect bar at home.


  • Beer mug
  • Brandy snifter
  • Champagne flute
  • Cocktail glass
  • Coffee mug
  • Collins glass
  • Cordial glass
  • Highball glass
  • Margarita/coupette glass
  • Old-fashioned glass
  • Red wine glass
  • Sherry glass
  • Shot glass
  • Whiskey sour glass
  • White wine glass


Bartending Equipment

  • Corkscrew
  • Cloths
  • Cutting Board
  • Bar Towels
  • Bottle Opener
  • Bottle Sealers
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Grater
  • Ice Bucket
  • Ice Tongs and Scoops
  • Jigger
  • Juice Squeezer/Extractor
  • Bar Spoon
  • Measuring Cups
  • Mixing Glass
  • Sharp Knife
  • Strainer
  • Some lovely cocktail napkins
Stocking your Bar

Most drinks consist of a main spirit, a mixer and a garnish. Here are the basic liquors that you need.

Basic Liquor

  • Gin
  • Vodka
  • Tequila
  • Rum
  • Whiskey (single malt)
  • Scotch
  • Bourbon
  • Brandy
  • Cognac
  • Vermouth
  • White & Red Wine
  • Beer of your choice


  • Sweet & Dry Vermouth
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Triple Sec
  • Campari
  • Grenadine
  • Cream
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Juices
  • Soda

And last but not least, a list of well known drinks that you may want to serve at your future social gatherings.

  • Margarita
  • Tom Collins
  • John Daly
  • Manhattan
  • Mojito
  • Martini
  • Negroni
  • Bloody Mary
  • Daquiri
  • Harvey Wallbanger
  • Long Island Ice Tea
  • Irish Coffee
  • Old Fashioned
  • Whiskey Sour
  • White Russian

What are some of your favourite cocktails and do you have any favourite recipes?

Tune into The Heatley Cliff for a further discussion on modern day hostessing.

Cocktail image courtesy of ShutterStock

  • Alice Pearce

    It’s long been my obsession to bring Scotch back as an under utilized alcohol that can class a place up simply by reciting the recipe. Cause come’on, one mention of Scotch and everyone thinks you’re about 10x classier and have a stomach of an ox. And who doesn’t want to have that reputation?
    So favorite recipe: Gail Warning:
    4 oz. Scotch (the more like paint thinner the better)
    Equal parts cranberry juice and pineapple juice
    Ice, no ice, you choose
    Just mix and drink, Enjoy!

  • Anonymous

    i’ll be more thorough than the other arwesns:warm air can hold more moisture than cold air. so the air in the room has a certain amount in it. the air making contact with the glass is cooled down, and cannot hold all of the water vapor that it could at a higher temperature. this is condensation.

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