TIS’ THE SEASON @ Home Bar – Big or Small

Whether you are having large party or small get together building your @ home bar is key. Be prepared for some initial expenses but you really don’t have go overboard.  Your bar “pantry” will develop over time.  Keep in mind if you are hosting the Holiday Soiree people will bring gifts – most times flowers a red or white wine, great bottle of Scotch and the like – feel free open for your party or better yet save. These have a long shelf life – and you will soon have a lot to choose from – I’m sure.

Below are a few things to start our with your “Basics “
You will need the following a few choices of beer – Craft beers are easy to find and labels look really cool on your bar –  good Vodka, Gin, Scotch, and Bourbon (dry vermouth if your doing martinis) and who is not doing MARTINI’S these days?  BTW – mini’s are cute super cute and very festive for parties – think speciality drinks – Jack Frost Martini made ahead with no ice in a pitcher.
Have Fresh sweet & sour mix ( 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup lime juice, 1 cup sugar…Heat until sugar is dissolved…Cool…..This fresh mix makes a world of difference).  Use good brand name mixers like real Coke, Canada Dry GA, A good club soda and tonic water…. Not the time to skimp my friends.
A MUST is to have a Bar Book on hand – I went by Relish Decor Frederick, MD to grab my copy of Ultimate bar book and a few other items….  “thanks tons Hallie”
Set it up and have fun – you can bring any table, cart etc. to use.  Be creative think outside the box …. frame some cool photo’s – use chalk boards- slate – ribbons – anything just make it festive!  Have little umbrella’s/stirr’s for your drinks – cocktail napkins – you can buy a rubber stamp & personalize them!  #Homegoods and #Marshalls are great for inexpensive supplies.  Remember it’s a Party Have Fun…. You can go all out $$$ but you don’t have to.  So set up the IPOD – Get Your Grove On and DONT FORGET THE ICE!!!!!!

***Be sure to ‘SHARE THE LOVE” with your designated drivers and non-drinkers – have sparking punch, funky waters – beautiful & cool glassware (remember they won’t be “tipsy” & drop them – LOL) – infused ice cubes etc.  Everyone wants to feel a “part of the party”! 

Jack Frost Martini
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup (4 ounces) light rum
1/2 cup (4 ounces) blue curacao
1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream of coconut (not coconut milk)
10 to 12 ice cubes
Shredded coconut, for garnish
Mix together the juice, liquors, cream of coconut and ice; strain into martini glasses. Rim glasses with the shredded coconut. 

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