"Entertaining doesn't have to be extremely expensive – even creating your own home bar can be affordable," claims Ray Foley, founder and publisher of Bartender Magazine and www.Bartender.com. "All you need is to learn the basics: Combine a solid basic bar foundation with a good attitude, and anyone can create the ultimate party and become the best bartender in town!"
Every home bar needs the basics—think beer, wine, and liquors—but that doesn't mean you have to clean out your local liquor store. "Even if you're on a shoestring budget, make sure your bar has the essentials," advises Foley. "While brand names may not matter for your grocery staples, brand loyalty is crucial when purchasing your spirits. Keep in mind that the most expensive bottle is not always your best buy."
Ever ordered a drink at a bar only to be told they're out of an essential ingredient in your favorite drink? Don't skimp on mixers as you'll want to be able to fill your guests' drink requests.
"Just one bottle of each type of mixer will do the trick," says Foley. "Must-have mixers include cola, lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, seltzer and tonic water, and lime, cranberry, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and tomato juices."
Garnish, garnish, garnish. Those delicious pineapples and oranges are exactly what push an already tasty beverage into the category of divine.
"While you can't stock up on fresh fruit (and a few veggies) to accompany your drinks, a quick stop at the local grocery store is a must for any gathering," says Foley. "Make sure lemon and lime wedges, maraschino cherries, olives, and orange slices make it on your list."
While James Bond preferred his martinis shaken, not stirred, there are a few general rules for mixing drinks that can aid in the shaken-or-stirred debate at your next party. Always shake cloudy drinks and stir clear drinks. Never, ever shake a cocktail that contains carbonated water or soda.
While parties are a great excuse to loosen up and relax, you don't want to loosen up too much.
While you may enjoy a beverage or two, not all guests are going to partake in the festivities. Wow these guests by offering them more than water, providing a special drink like a Virgin Mary or Shirley Temple.
Even the best guests can be a bit messy, especially when alcohol is involved. If you do set up your bar outside of the kitchen, use a small rug under and behind the bar to protect the flooring.
"Keeping your bar near or even in your kitchen is your best bet for a tidy party," says Foley. "This set-up ensures maximum entertaining and minimum clean up!"
In this video, Betty makes her wonderful Party Cocktail Meatballs. These are little meatballs that are covered with a tangy sauce, and placed in a slow cooker until ready to serve with crackers. They're great for game day!
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