It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere: Stocking the Bar (Part 2)

Let’s start today’s post with a tidbit of trivia: Can you guess F. Scott Fitzgerald’s drink of choice? Why The Gin Rickey of course! While many people adore a bubbling flute of champagne or a crisp glass of wine, others might also covet a highball brimming with a customized cocktail. So you’re prepared to endlessly mix, pour, and create, I give you part 2 of how to stock your bar. Settle in, grab a cocktail or mocktail, and enjoy! Cheers!

BARWARE

1. Decanter; 2. Ice Bucket; 3. Cocktail Shaker; 4. Highball and lowball glasses; 5. Champagne Flute; 6. Pitcher; 7. Bar Tools; 8. Martini Glass; 9. Wine Glass; 10. Beer Mug 
In my most humble opinion, if you plan on entertaining, it behooves you to have a bar that accommodates various drink needs – i.e., wine drinkers, champagne drinkers, martini drinkers, cocktail drinkers, beer drinkers, and don’t forget mocktail drinkers! So stock your bar (carts and tables too), with the glasses, serving pieces, and tools that you’ll need to be a mixologist friends and family will envy. Looking to make your mark? Many retailers such as Williams-Sonoma and Neiman Marcus allow you to monogram your barware – a chocolate-covered dream come true for us monogram-lovers! Regarding quantities, 1 of each tool/serving piece and 6-12 of each glass are ideal. In addition to the essentials so elegantly displayed above, don’t forget these other gems:  

  • Corkscrew
  • Bottle opener 
  • Cocktail skewers
  • Tongs (for the ice)
  • Cocktail napkins
  • Coasters 
LIBATIONS

1. Champagne; 2. White Wine; 3. Red Wine; 4. Scotch-Whisky; 5. Vodka; 6. Rum; 7. Tequila; 8. Gin; 9. Beer; 10. Bourbon 
Stock your bar with a variety of potent potables so you can whip up juleps, swizzles, and fizzes to your hearts content. No need to spring for five different vodkas though, one of each of the above will suffice – unless of course you’re a vodka aficionado, in which case buy away! In terms of speciality spirits, add those to your collection as you see fit. For instance, if your family relishes a salt-rimmed margarita, then purchase triple sec so you can create delectable south of the border drinks for them. 
Equally as important, stock your bar with classic mixers and garnishes including (*you can tailor the mixers to your taste as well, so if you love mimosas, keep freshly squeezed orange juice on hand.):
  • Ginger ale
  • Seven-Up
  • Coca Cola
  • Club Soda 
  • Tonic 
  • Sparkling water 
  • Still water 
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Olives 
That’s all for now, and happy bar stocking!

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere: Stocking The Bar (Part 1)

Greetings dear readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We moved into our home two summers ago – how time flies! – and it was then that we held our first cocktail party for our families. Admittedly, I’m not a cocktail connoisseur, and so I did a bit of research to figure out must-have bar essentials. I remember ensuring all of the glassware sparkled, we had plenty of sliced lemons and limes, and of course an array of thirst-quenching beverage options. Perrier for me please! It made me realize something though – one truly needs to have a well-stocked bar year round in order to be prepared for planned and impromptu soirees. Passing my pearls of wisdom to you, here are my tips on stocking your bar, part 1. Enjoy! 
BAR vs. BAR CART/TABLE 
If your home has a bar, by all means use it! Bars represent the perfect space to display gorgeous barware, as well as a lovely nesting spot for liquor, wine, and spirits. Even if you don’t partake in libations, stock you bar for guests, as I’m sure you will host friends and family who might like a little drinky! In the event your home doesn’t have a built-in bar, don’t fret! The next best thing: a bar cart or well-arranged table. Charming with a vintage feel, bar carts and tables (especially Butler’s Trays) work beautifully to showcase your glasses, drinks, and mixers. As you read this, if you find yourself saying “By golly Must Bring Buns, I do need a bar cart!”, I’ve gathered some pictures to inspire. Also, take a peek at Neimans, West Elm, Restoration Hardware, and Crate & Barrel for chic bar cart and table options.

Stay tuned for part 2!

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Happy Memorial Day!

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Happy Memorial Day dear readers! Synonymous with the commencement of summer, Memorial Day brings barbecues, the season’s first dip in the pool, grilled corn on the cob, afternoons basking in the sun, fresh squeezed lemonade, and time at the beach if you’re very lucky. 
Let us also take today though, to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day – to honor the tremendously brave men and women who have served our country. 
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday! We’ll be spending it relaxing poolside at our house, and grilling some hot dogs, complements of my husband! :) 
Carolyne Roehm 
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