I judge a man by his home bar, and his ability to use it. It doesn’t have to be as comprehensive as your local bar, but you need to get the basics right. Serve me a warm beer or pour me a substandard gin & tonic and see how well you fare in my books. We’ll get to those later, the basics. I realise now, as a write this, that I should have started this Man Monday cocktail section off with the essentials for a home bar, but I’ve already loosely covered them over here – so you should already have an idea. And to be honest, you could do with a good drink in your hand while you put your ‘essential home bar items’ list together. And this is that drink, my current favourite, the Negroni. It’s fucking delicious.