Home Bar Essentials No 1

Japanese cut mixing glass (Part of The Quench Cocktail Collection)

The technique of stirring cocktails (as opposed to shaking) is required for drinks that are predominantly spirit based such as The Martini or The Manhattan.

The wall thickness and heavy base of this mixing glass allows drinks to be stirred with one hand without fear of the glass tipping over (unlike cheaper tapered mixing glasses which tend to be thinner.)

Tip. A gentle stir using spring water ice (or ice made from filtered water) will give your drink a nice bright clarity and a smooth elegant texture.

A beautiful statement piece for your Quench bar.


Home Bar Essentials No 2

Yukiwa 30cm Japanese bar spoon (Part of The Quench Cocktail Collection)

An elegant and perfectly balanced bar spoon with exquisite gold plating. Yukiwa bar tools are beautifully crafted and a pleasure to use.


Tip. For stirred cocktails allow 3-4 ice cubes per drink and stir for approximately 40 seconds. You want a little dilution without breaking the ice up. The objective is not only to mix your drink but to chill the ingredients down.

Home Bar Essentials No 3

Yukiwa Japanese Hawthorn strainer (Part of The Quench Cocktail Collection)

Our favourite strainer at the showroom. Admittedly, some professional mixologists will insist on using a ‘Julep’ strainer with a mixing glass. This is largely to prevent cross contamination between shaken and stirred drinks in a fast paced commercial environment. However, the technique for pouring from a heavy based mixing glass whilst holding in place a loose julep strainer and potentially ‘double straining’ (see Home Bar Essentials No 5, the ‘Fine Strainer’) can be a little tricky for the home bar enthusiast. For this reason we selected a hawthorn strainer that’s not only easier to use but looks stunning partnered with our mixing glass.


Home Bar Essentials No 4

Yukiwa Baron cocktail shaker (part of the The Quench Cocktail Collection)

Yukiwa have long been regarded as one of the world’s finest artisan producers of quality barware. A durable and elegant shaker with clean lines and stunning gold detail. Like our bars, this cocktail shaker will last you a lifetime.

Tip. As a general rule, you want to shake a drink when adding non-alcoholic ingredients such as milk, cream, egg white or citrus juice. Unlike stirring, when shaking a cocktail the required action is a quick, rapid motion.

Back bar design

Tailored back bar displays designed to fit your own wall space.

Below are two examples showing the initial concept drawing together with the finished installation.

hartill back bar design


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Pearl Fizz Champagne Cocktail

A deliciously fresh and elegant drink, pearlescent in colour, our champagne cocktail is sure to impress for those special occasions.

Makes 2

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add:
30ml Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka
20ml Lyme Bay Elderflower & Lemon Reserve Liqueur
20ml pink grapefruit juice
10ml lime juice
Sprig of mint
1 tsp agave nectar
1/3 tsp grenadine
Small pinch of salt

Shake well and double strain evenly into two Champagne flutes. Top with cold Champagne or a good quality Cava.

Displaying spirits

Separating white & dark spirits can give a premium look to your top shelves.

Finishing touches…

A small lamp and some dash bottles make a nice addition to the bar top.

Champagne & Crystals

Want a little extra wow factor? Swarovski crystals set into gloss acrylic can make a stunning bar front.


Bespoke back bar shelving

The combination of our Litebar illuminated shelf and our 25mm thick Pure Glaze shelf can create an effective back bar display.

Pure Glaze shelving looks particularly impressive when displaying premium brand spirits and more decorative bottles.