Wednesday, December 12, 2012
How to Set Up a Home Bar for The Holiday's
With most of the holiday decorating done, it's time to focus on entertaining. If you will be hosting family or having a casual gathering of neighbors at an open house, a little preparation will go a long way in keeping you cool as a cucumber.
Setting up a home bar is easy to do with all the right ingredients on hand.
Every home bar should have a variety of alcohol and soft drinks, along with the right tools, mixers and glassware. Below is a list for a great home bar.
Gin, Rum, Whiskey, Scotch, Vodka, Tequila, orange flavored liqueur's such as Cointreau or Triple Sec
Cold Beer, Red and White Wine
Cranberry Juice, Orange Juice, Sour Mix, Club soda, Tonic Water, cola, diet cola, lemon-lime soda, ginger-ale
Strainer, long handled mixing spoon, knife, small bar board for cutting lemons & limes, jigger, shaker, ice bucket, tongs, wine opener, bottle opener, trash can, cocktail napkins, towel
Old fashioned, high ball, margarita, martini, flute
If you're having a large crowd, a sleeve of 12 oz. clear plastic cups is fine
Ice - keep a cooler outside filled with additional ice to ensure you don't run out or keep an extra bag in your freezer
A bowl of sliced lemon's and lime's including a few twists of the peel
Set a small bowl of nuts or snack mix on the bar also for guests to grab along with their drink.
Here I have set up my home bar to make it easy for guests to help themselves. Some people are very specific about what they drink and how it's made. Letting my guests make their own drink accomplishes two things: a happy guest AND a happy host!
Put on some music, get your party shoes on and enjoy yourself. You deserve it!