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06

Mar
2014

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By Lori

Setting Up a Home Bar

On 06, Mar 2014 | No Comments | In liquid courage, living | By Lori

I’ve been using a vintage serving cart as a bar for a few years now.  I LOVE IT.  What I don’t love is how dusty its contents are and how frequently I have to clean everything.  So I’m converting the cart into storage for my line of paper goods (more on that later) and I’m purchasing a new enclosed bar to keep everything clean and tidy.  

My living room is small but I currently have about 5 ft of wall space that I can use.  I wanted to find something compact, perhaps one that opened up and it had to relatively narrow in depth.  I toyed with the idea of converting small buffets I found or even building something but Crate and Barrel had this beauty in their spring line and it was the perfect solution. I can’t wait to post it as soon as it arrives!

I like to make my own syrups and shrubs for cocktails, it’s quick and looks impressive.  If I’m expecting company, I’ll make a simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water: cook on medium until sugar dissolves) and grab mint, thyme, lavender or basil from the garden and make an infused syrup.  

Instead of keeping club soda and tonic on hand, I use my sodastream to make fresh batches as I need them.

Here’s a stock list for your bar that will make an impromptu cocktail gathering, a stress-free event.

Glassware

  • 8 wine glasses
  • 8 champagne glasses
  • 4 or 8 double old-fashioned glasses
  • 4 martini glasses
  • 4 highball glasses

Tools

  • set of bar tools and shaker
  • assorted glass bottles (for homemade syrups and shrubs)
  • assorted trays
  • sodastream with glass bottles (for homemade soda and tonic)
  • ice bucket and tongs 
  • toothpicks

For the Cabinet

  • gin
  • whiskey or bourbon
  • vodka
  • tequila
  • red wine
  • bitters
  • dry vermouth
  • tonic syrup
  • a few favorite cordials or liquors (I love elderflower and orange)

For the Fridge

  • wine
  • champagne or prosecco
  • olives
  • lemons
  • limes
  • oranges
  • beer

Recipes

Home Bar Under $1000

06

Mar
2014

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In liquid courage
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By Lori

Blackberry Sage Lemonade

On 06, Mar 2014 | One Comment | In liquid courage, living | By Lori

Blackberry Sage Lemonade
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Ingredients
2 oz gin
1 oz triple sec
2 oz simple syrup
lemon juice (from one large lemon)
club soda
fresh blackberries
fresh sage (2 leaves)
Instructions
muddle sage and blackberry in cocktail shaker. Add gin, triple sec, lemon juice, and syrup. Shake Pour over ice. Fill with club soda. Garnish with sage leaves and/or blackberries.
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Mar
2011

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Liquid Courage: Lemon Drop Martini

On 07, Mar 2011 | No Comments | In crafting, liquid courage | By Lori

An ear infection has left me unable to do much of anything for the past week.  So I went through my 20 cubic feet of craft space and ran across a set of lemon yellow glass beads I purchased forever ago and never used. So I made these simple little earrings to send to my sister-in-law.  Paired with my favorite drink: a lemon drop martini, this girl is embracing Spring.

Ingredients:

1 part vodka
1 part simple syrup
1 part lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
splash of soda

Shake with ice, strain into in sugar-rimmed martini glass, garnish with raspberry or lemon peel.

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