The holidays are a time to spend with family, sharing
recipes, gifts, and even the occasional cocktail. Don’t be a Scrooge; if your plans to host a
gathering are hindered by your seriously-lacking bar, spruce it up with these easy solutions:
If your house doesn’t have a built-in area for a bar, make one
yourself! Start with a smallish free-standing island (preferably on wheels so
you can roll it into storage when you need to). You can purchase this custom unit with a steel counter top, which is super easy to clean. Or if you’re looking
for a less expensive alternative, opt for the Ikea island. Both will work.
Purchase standard bar tools. You’ll need:
- a corkscrew
bucket and tongs
jigger (the ½ oz + 1 oz version is usually best)
spoons, lime sqeezers, and muddlers (tools used to mash up mint, lime,
etc) are optional, as you can accomplish those tasks without the tools
In most cases you can purchase these tools all together, like this
chic set from Crate and Barrel.
Head to a discount liquor store. Liquor is pretty pricey.
Search the Internet or phone book to find a local liquor store that sells
reduced price bottles of you or your guest’s favorites. Purchase a few mixers
as well: club soda, tonic water, and cranberry or orange juice will usually
meet everyone’s needs. Throw in a bottle of liqueur and create a signature
cocktail for your soirée. Better Homes and Gardens offers a
unique list of drink recipes; one is sure to catch your eye!
Make your bar your own by adding signature touches like a
sign that says “The bar is open!” Use decorative bar mops, purchases a set of four cocktail
glasses and four highball glasses to start off your collection, and some coasters. You’ll
be entertaining with style in no time.
And of course, remind your guests to drink responsibly, and
to have a fabulous time!