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Essential Cocktail Ingredients to Keep in Your Small Garden Bar

Having a small garden bar means that you might not have much space to keep ingredients for fancy cocktails. Thankfully, there are a few ingredients the feature in several cocktails. This means you won’t waste valuable space on strange spirits you only use once a year. 

These multitasking cocktail ingredients are great space saving supplies for your small garden bar. You’ll be able to wow your friends with your mixology skills, while still being able to offer a variety of gorgeous drinks.

If you haven’t quite got round to investing in a garden bar yet, then what are you waiting for? Get the ball rolling by stocking up on on these cocktail essentials, then get your bar built ASAP. Staying home is the new going out, and so much cheaper than the pub!

Small Garden Bar Essentials

While wine and beer should always be an option to offer your guests, everyone knows a garden bar has one main attraction – homemade cocktails! 

Every small garden bar needs gin

Gin has been having a moment for a year or two now and while a G&T is technically a cocktail, it’s not a particularly exotic one. You might disappoint your guests if you promise exotic drinks and wheel out this. Instead, offer up a honey-sweetened gin cocktail with a hint of lemon. 

Vodka can be anything but bland

Vodka’s lack of flavour is often discussed. Add it to a flavoured mixer, and people who don’t like the taste of alcohol, don’t tend to mind a splash of vodka. This comes in handy for cocktail making, as you don’t have to worry about the alcohol flavour clashing with ingredients. An easy cocktail to rustle up is a White Russian, just get your hands on a coffee liqueur and single cream for a tasty, creamy cocktail. You could also make an espresso martini, if you’re feeling adventurous.

Coffee Liqueurs are a versatile ingredient

Coffee liqueurs feature in a range of cocktails so it’s handy to add a bottle to your shelf of ingredients. I’ve already mentioned a White Russian, but many other popular cocktails involve coffee liqueurs and are simple to make. Definitely an essential ingredient.

Non-Alcoholic Ingredients

You small garden bar needs to consider your tee-total guests too, so non-alcoholic drinks are a must. If you’re trying to save space, buy soft drinks that can be served alone or go into making exquisite cocktails. 

Fruit juices such as cranberry juice, orange and tomato juices can be made into mocktails or hold their own as a drink in their own right. Things like lemon juice or lime juice can jazz up alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks alike. Sparkling water and Indian tonic water are also standard ingredients for cocktails, work as mixers or can be drunk alone.


There’s no point in having exemplary cocktail game if you don’t make your cocktails look good. It’s important to be mindful of the environment, so anything that’s plastic and goes straight into a landfill is a big no-no. Instead invest in metal or glass straws, that can be washed and reused again and again. Throw a half a cup full of crushed ice into every drink you serve, alcoholic or othewise.

If you’re feeling flash, you could also get some special cocktail drinking vessels. Cocktail glasses are always good, but novelty cocktail tumblers are even better. Get an array of cups that look like tropical fruits. Serving a pina colada in a rose gold pineapple cup will impress your guests more than expensive glassware.

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