Expanding You Bar

Ok so a lot of you must have liked the post on Stocking Your Bar for Your First Cocktail Party because I have been receiving many questions from the article. The most common is ok the party went well now what do I need to expand it?

First I have to say that stocking a bar initially is fairly easy, however expansion can be a little difficult and not that inexpensive. However, there are a few pointers you can follow to make this process easier and a little less expensive.

Now that you have had a party you kind of know your guests and their individual tastes and that is one way to go. Add items that you may have received request for from your first party.

Another way to go is to find a Cocktail that looks interesting to you and add just the ingredients to make that specific Cocktail.

I can hear you now, "Yea, yea, but I need more specific help." Ok here you go...

Add a bottle of Tequila, not the cheapest you can find nor the most expensive. I like Camarena Reposado as it has a great taste and won't break the bank. (under $20 USD)  Now you can make a great Margarita from scratch and really impress your guests.

Add a variety pack of bitters being sure to include Angostura, Peychauds, Orange and Lemmon varieties as with these you can create Manhattans, Old Fashioned's, Sareracs, etc.

I would also pick up a couple of bottles of Vermouth, dry and sweet to assist in Martini Creations. (also do not forget olives as they are essential to making good Martinis)

Well that should get you through another successful party and keep those questions coming.

The Professor


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