The other night I posted this on Facebook:
And it’s true: I’ve lost my mind.
This whole selling the house slash living simply ordeal is WEARING ON ME, PEOPLE. So in an attempt to offset the stress of wondering when things will finally get off the ground and get moving, I decided to picture myself already moved, in the Best House Ever and ready to throw a cocktail party for all our friends and family to come see why all the grey hairs were really worth it.
And so, like any delusional woman with time on her hands does, I went on Pinterest to finally pull all my cocktail recipes into a Cocktail Hour board. Then it occurred to me that I needed a plan to stock the amazing bar in the New-But-Unknown House. A mental tally of what was hanging out in my kitchen pantry right now told me this bar needed HELP. And off I went to create my future shopping list for the soiree (or any Wednesday night).
Here is what I choose to stock:
Beer: Tecate or Dos Equis, also Miller. Occasionally I’ll include a St. Arnold’s IPA depending on the guest list. (Yay, Texas!)
Vodka: Tito’s Handmade. Made in Texas.
Tequila: Chinaco. A little unknown, but good.
Vermouth: Dolin Dry Vermouth because somewhere along the way it was recommended to me.
Fanciness: St. Germain. I’m recently smitten with this. It is FANTASTIC with champagne. Also? Such a great bottle.
Sweet & Sour Mix
Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix
Gosling’s Ginger Beer (So many great ways to mix ginger beer. Try it!)
Angostura bitters (I hate them, but they are a necessity for some drinks)
Various juices depending on what you’re mixing and the season. For large parties I’ll have Cranberry, Orange and Pineapple. If it’s spring or summer I’ll also have Coco Lopez on hand for beachy drinks.
Hawthorne cocktail strainer
Pint sized glass
Cute bar towels
It’s going to be a super fun night. Someday.
Next up I’ll need to choose wines, champagnes, some new barware, napkins and swizzle sticks. It’s Mad Men up in here.
Got a favorite cocktail?