In the past we might’ve gone to our favorite dimly-lit bar in search of a perfect Old Fashioned, but also for the experience poured with our drink. For the bright wafts of lemons and limes peeled into twists, the fragrant muddling of ice and herbs, sugar and spice, and the electric atmosphere uncorked along with a bottle of bubbly. Cocktailing is not just about the savoring of delicious drinks, but to immerse in the very pleasures of a storied sensory ambiance.
Recreating this environment for a home bar is about focusing on storytelling. Just as we select glassware with a certain curve or delicate etching, and our bar tools for all their modern angles, the objects nestled into our bar carts amplify the scene we are curating. Light a candle next to the ice bucket that not only lends a flicker but also throws an indulgent scent of occasion. Have an elegant reed diffuser constantly humming with scent in the background like the lovely murmur of your favorite crooner. Bring in aromas that are comforting and mood elevating and appetite-whetting and you will feel transported.
Here are our favorite sensory complements to your home bar: