Getting into home bartending is both enjoyable and easy. It should be an easy transition for you if you appreciate liquors, spirits, and the process of making cocktails. 

It’s much less complicated than being a home cook since the consequences of errors are not as dire. Putting too much gin in a classic martini won’t be as disastrous as using too much water when cooking vegetables. You will get someone drunk much quicker, but that’s not bad if you think about it. 

Home bartending would make you beloved among the people around you and make you come off as cool and cultured. And if you’re serious about learning to make proper cocktails and serving adult beverages, this article is for you. 

To help us build a helpful guide for beginner home bartenders, we’re getting some input from Anders Erickson, a Chicago-based bartender with two decades of experience. 

Expert Home Bartending Tips

Every seasoned bartender will have a set of knowledge tidbits to impart. For this list, Anders speaks mainly about the types of ingredients to use, proper storage, and the best ways to be adept at home bartending in the shortest amount of time possible. 

Prioritize Presentation

We eat with our eyes, and that’s both common sense and scientific fact. This statement also applies to the cocktails we consume. You’d be drawn to a bright orange Negroni with a fancily twisted orange peel so much you’d probably feel guilty about drinking it. 

A mojito that will make you thirsty.

Presentation is everything. It may not seem like much, but using the correct glassware would elevate the experience tenfold. Adding a hand-carved block of ice would make the drink feel like you put some effort into it.