The Clos19 Taste Lab

How to Master the Home Bar with Clos19

In the latest instalment of our summer partnership with Clos19, we’ve rounded up our favourite must-haves for creating the ultimate home bar, from the perfect mixology kit to the bottles to invest in to ensure you’ve always got the perfect serve available for your guests.

When stocking your home bar, you have many choices. You could go the traditional route and mimic your favourite hotel bar. But your home bar should really  be customised to what you actually drink, as well as adding an unexpected element of design.

If you’ve been seduced by the idea of cocktail hour in your own home, you’ll want to create something timelessly elegant with the essential bar tools to help you mix those drinks again, and again. For yourself and for guests.

We’ve rounded up the essentials you should always have on hand. Now, all you need is ice.


THE DYNAMIC TRIO

This dynamic trio of Clos19’s most iconic spirits equals all the essentials required to create a plethora of everyone’s favourite cocktails, with one 70cl bottle each of Hennessy V.S.O.P, Glenmorangie The Original and Belvedere Vodka.

Make mine a Whisky Sour.

 

THE STYLISH STRAWS

Straws have never been so chic! If we're talking sustainable, we must also talk stylish. Reusable straws are a must-have, and they don’t come much chicer than these hand-blown glass delicacies, from the heart of the Venitian glass industry in Murano. These Limited Edition straws are designed in collaboration with Duncan Campbell and Charlotte Rey, each crafted with a contrast colour thread spiralling through them. Exclusive to Clos19, these straws are the must-have accessories this summer (and every time you entertain!)

Sold in a pack of 6. Dishwasher safe. Slight variation in length and thickness as each piece is made by hand.

 

Straws have never been so chic! If we’re talking sustainable, we must also talk stylish.

THE ACCESSORY SET

Clos19's exclusive collaboration with celebrated lifestyle brand Poglia has resulted in this stunning set of barware accessories. Within the handcrafted travel case you’ll find a Custom Corkscrew & Mini Pocket Knife Set, with each artisan piece handcrafted with natural materials, reclaimed steel and solid brass, every piece a little different to the last.

The Corkscrew has a beautifully crafted bone and horn handle with a brass finish, while the mini-pocket knife has a bone handle;finished with brass, and the set is completed with a small candle to add an extra flourish to your soirée invitations.Presented in a stylish handmade leather case, perfect for those looking for a personal gift or ideal for the bar collector or host looking to elevate their at-home presentation.

ideal for the bar collector or host looking to elevate their at-home presentation.

THE COMPLETE PACKAGE

The ultimate kit for the consummate bartender or any aspiring mixologist, Belvedere’s stylish soft-leather carryall – with essential equipment – is the complete package.  

With a stainless-steel cocktail shaker, strainer, bar spoon and jigger, and of course the Belvedere mixing glass with its iconic tree design, it’s all the tools one could need to whip up a round of Martinis.

 

It’s all the tools one could need to whip up a round of Martinis.

 

THE WINE RACK

No home bar could possibly be complete without a well stocked wine rack. This Malbec’s aromatic intensity is full of juicy fruit flavours and pairs perfectly with everything from cheese to a classic filet mignon. It's delightful spicy notes with a touch of menthol makes it a delicious addition to your home wine list.

From high-altitude vines in Argentina’s renowned Mendoza region, the grapes for this Malbec are hand-harvested and aged for 12-14 months in French oak before resting in the bottle for six more.

The perfect temperature? 14-16°C
When to drink? From now to 2033+ (although we don't think it will last that long)

 

No home bar could possibly be complete without a well stocked wine rack.

THE DECANTER

Of course every great red wine ought to be able to breathe before drinking and this elegant decanter, made from crystal and bearing the Bodega Numanthia name, is the perfect accessory for the job. With its wide base and long neck, it creates maximum breathing room for your vino.

Whether you are seeking to remove sediment from an aged wine, or simply looking to release the aromas and complexity of a young red, this decanter will do the job beautifully.

 

…we think these might just be too good to share.

THE CHAMPAGNE SET

Not all champagnes are made equal and, ever the innovator, Ruinart was the first champagne maison to ship its bottles overseas using distinctive wooden cases.

The Cellar Case Discovery Set is a tribute to this exceptional heritage with four bottles, one each of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, Ruinart Rosé, R de Ruinart and R de Ruinart 2010. While we would usually advocate spoiling your guests, we think these might just be too good to share.

Ensure your tipple is perfectly chilled with the stainless steel Ruinart Champagne Ice Bowl, big enough for four bottles, while the Ruinart Bottle Stopper will make sure your fizz stays as such until the sun comes up (if there’s any left…)

Pair this with:
Ruinart Bottle Stopper, £25
Ruinart Ice Bowl, £150

 

THE GLASSWARE

Such high class beverages need high class glassware, which is why Dom Pérignon has commissioned Riedel to design a special glass for its vintage blanc, rosé, P2 and P3 champagnes to capture the essence of each. Read more here about what makes the perfect champagne glass. 

Thin-stemmed with an elegant tapered shape, this glass embodies the grace and finesse of Dom Pérignon’s finest creations, while the wide bowl allows these extraordinary champagnes room to breathe and express their unique nose. Fantastique!

 

For the wow effect, every well stocked bar needs a jeroboam.

THE WOW EFFECT

Size matters. For the wow effect, every well stocked bar needs a jeroboam. Defined by style and sumptuousness, Moët Impérial is the embodiment of the maison style. 

Moët Impérial is created in the heart of Champagne from more than 100 wines (of which 20-30% are reserve) and serving this elegant and versatile champagne from a jeroboam as your welcome drink will undoubtedly delight every guest. 

 

And there is nothing more enjoyable than completing an evening relaxing with your favourites and a glass of this.

THE AFTER-DINNER DELIGHT

An icon of Hennessy, X.O has remained unchanged since its creation. Each and every drop of X.O is part of a story that has continued for more than 140 years. Explore this blend’s intensity and tremendous length with this half bottle. And there is nothing more enjoyable than completing an evening relaxing with your favourites and a glass of this. 

The perfect serve? Enjoy neat, on the rocks, with a dash of water, in long drinks or refined cocktails
Service temperature? Room temperature

Serve in the iconic X.O glass, created by Baccarat designer Thomas Bastide specifically for Hennessy in a bolder and more contemporary style. With a solid base and modern design, the shape of these glasses are specially designed to enjoy X.O on the rocks.

Pair this with:
X.O glass, created by Baccarat for Hennessy, £120 per set of 6, shop here

 

 

 

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