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Drink Daniel Eun Of 11 Westside: 10 Tips On How To Stock Your Home Bar

Daniel Eun Of 11 Westside: 10 Tips On How To Stock Your Home Bar

Daniel Eun Of 11 Westside: 10 Tips On How To Stock Your Home Bar
By Marianna Cerini & Oliver Giles
October 18, 2017
Daniel Eun “shot caller,” aka partner and beverage director, at 11 Westside—and professional mixologist—shares tips on how to stock your home bar
Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Eun
Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Eun

1. Invest in a solid gin. Many of the classics call for it—and with good reason. The botanicals play with so many different flavours, so there’s a lot to explore.

2. Always have two chilled bottles of champagne at the ready. You never know when you might need a glass of bubbles to celebrate—and sometimes the reason for celebration is that you have a chilled bottle of champagne.

3. A “story bottle” is a must. Have you ever stumbled on some crazy bull penis vodka while travelling through the Alps? Do you still have a bottle from your college days with the dregs still in it? Display them proudly. All bars (and home bars in particular) are about sharing experiences. You should have a bottle that means something to you. 

4. Garnishes are important. You’re going to need citrus, mint and cucumbers for a lot of drinks. And berries, too. The upside is that the leftovers can always go into your breakfast the next morning (afternoon?).

 

Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Eun
Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Eun

5. Don’t forget bitters: stock up on the trinity of Angostura, Peychaud’s and orange… Then go wild!

6. Learn how to make simple syrup at home.  It lasts a long time in the fridge, and having it on hand just makes life a little easier. 

7. Master the art of clear ice blocks. The secret is to use pure water, and boil it twice. Fill an Igloo- style cooler and put it into your freezer with the top open. This mimics the dynamics of water freezing in a pond and allows for one-directional freezing. Once you see that the water is almost completely frozen, just take the cooler out and keep it upside down until the ice falls out.

 Daniel Eun (Photography: Nic and Bex Gaunt | Styling: Rosana Lai)
Daniel Eun (Photography: Nic and Bex Gaunt | Styling: Rosana Lai)

8. Please keep Vermouth in the fridge, and make sure it’s still good before serving. If you can’t use it fast enough by just drinking Manhattans, spritzes are a good alternative. 

9. Stock up on the right glasses and pick up a few cool gimmicky tools. It impresses guests.

10. Don’t be afraid to shake it. The cocktail shaker, that is. If you’re making a cocktail, you want to “wake up” your drink.


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