We're firm believers that every grown-up home should have a bar. But if you're new to the world of mixology, your first step should be to set aside a dedicated bar space. A bar cart is a firm favourite - not only does it hold all your liquor, glassware and mod cons in one place, but it's also the perfect way to dress up empty corners. Short on space? Use a stylish copper tray instead to group all your cocktail-making gear together and display on shelves, kitchen counters or as a dining table centrepiece.
To create hotel bar-worthy drinks from the comfort of your own home, you'll need a few tools. A bar spoon, strainer, measure and shaker are the non-negotiables, while a citrus juicer can also be a welcome addition - using fresh juice in your concoctions will make all the difference, we promise.
And while we know every cocktail should be poured into a specific style of glass, investing in some good quality highball, tumblers and coupe glasses will stand you in good stead.
Last but not least, your mixers and garnishes. Go for quality, not quantity, and stock your bar with a small selection of bitters, a bottle of vermouth and a few lemons, oranges and grapefruits, which will always come into play.