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Hosting at home the Soho House way

We talk tipples and at-home party prep with our Beverage Director, Tom Kerr

While we look forward to a time when celebrations can resume, we suggest ways to make hosting at home extra special. Put well-curated drinks recipes on the menu to surprise family and friends, or make a night of it with a loved one. Here, Soho House's Beverage Director Tom Kerr shares in-house tips, cocktail mastery, and how to bring the bar home.

Preparation

Despite the small head count this year, take pride in preparation. Streamline your cocktail menu to include just one or two standout drinks. 'Measure out and pre-mix where possible,' says Kerr. Think olives, lemon twists and orange zest for garnishes - a sure-fire way to elevate a simple cocktail.

Stock the cart

Create a designated space for your cart for an interactive, at-home bar experience. 'At the Houses, we set out our bars like you would at home. The ingredients, garnishes, glassware and cocktail equipment are all within easy reach,' he says. Be sure to equip your bar with essential spirits. 'I always have Angostura bitters to hand, plus Double Dutch tonics.'

Cocktail hour

Dress up to elevate the occasion. Set a time and meeting point to kick start the at-home celebrations in style. Toasts are encouraged.

Bases

Think about the time of day you're serving drinks, as well as the time of year. Evenings call for drinks with dark spirit bases, like Old Fashioneds and Manhattans. For pre-lunch drinks, switch out for lighter bases - G&Ts, Negronis and Martinis are suitable options.

Mix it up

Certain cocktails suit certain glasses, but don't be afraid to improvise. 'You can serve a G&T in a wine glass and an Old Fashioned in a coupe. It's OK to bend the rules,' says Kerr.