How To Turn Your Living Room Into A Killer Dive Bar

Building your own home booze establishment is easier than you'd think. All you've got to do is master the three cocktails so simple you'd have to be off-your-face hammered to mess them up, call in the best spirits, discover the right tools and unlock the secret to bitters. But, first things first.

Master The Essential Three

Cocktails so easy you’d need to be drunk to mess them up. Hover over the image for instructions...


Call In Your A-Team

The bottles the experts always have within reach.

Buffalo Trace Whiskey
Live the US dream by shooting one of these chased with a cold lager. Or, go all out with a Pickleback: whisky followed by a shot of pickle juice. It’s not bad, honest.

Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
JJ Goodman, top dog at the London Cocktail Club, says, “Now we’re in autumn, I’d go for the more full-bodied Tanqueray No. Ten. It screams cool.”

Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Forget the supermarket stuff: this bottle of Texan handmade vodka, partnered with your new cocktail-making skills, will definitely impress your new lady friend.

Ocho Reposado Tequila
Ehren Khoo-Steel, general manager at The Tiki Hut in St Helier says, “One of the best tequilas. Serve with Fentimans Rose Lemonade and a squeeze of lime."

Havana Club 7 Year Old Rum
Andrzej Mil, owner of The Cocktail Trading Company in London, says, “It’s so versatile. Add lime and sugar for a Daiquiri, or bitters for an Old Fashioned.”

Monin Sugar Syrup
Here’s the base sweetness for a shedload of classic cocktails from mojitos to Old Fashioneds, meaning if your bar’s without it, your bar’s not open for business.

Sharpen Your Toolkit

Forget everything else, this is all you need…

Unlock The Secret To Bitters

Imagine there’s a party happening in your glass. Your mixers and spirits are the jocks that high five their way around the room, while your bitters are the quiet dudes that spend the night making sure the beers are cold, the playlist is pumping and everyone’s happy.

Without them, you’ll have an OK party. With them, your party’s perfect. Adding these herby, spicy aromatics doesn’t provide another punchy flavour: it heightens the event of the cocktail as a whole, elevating the complexity of the sweet and sour tastes. And two dashes is all it takes.

Words by: Chris Sayer