Cocktail Party Planning Acton MA

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Acton. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to liquor stores, wine and spirits, party planners and caterers, as well as advice on home bar wines, beers and mixed drinks with rum, vodka, whiskey or tequila.

Jerry's Bar & Grille
(978) 266-2838
1 Adams Pl
Boxborough, MA
Description
Jerry's Bar & Grille - Beer, liquor and all other booze-it all ends up in the same place. If you're looking for a decent fueling station with moderate prices, [name] is right on the money.

Alambique
(978) 251-0628
100 Tyngsboro Rd
North Chelmsford, MA
Description
Alambique - Here's the problem with most bars: the vibe sometimes dies around 1am. Luckily for you, when most bars are sweeping up the floors and closing shop, Alambique kicks it into another gear. The place usually keeps it going 'til way late-guaranteeing a late and out-of-control night.

Prospector East Saloon
(508) 485-9072
520 Lincoln St
Marlborough, MA
Description
Prospector East Saloon - Let's call it what it is. Prospector East Saloon, at [Address], is a good place to pull. The crowd is good looking and the ambiance is sexy, so if you can't meet someone here, well, keep drinking and try again. Liquid courage always helps. Look, we're not guaranteeing anything, but at Prospector East Saloon you should have plenty of options.

New Paradise
1270 Westford St (Drum Hill)
Lowell, MA
Description
New Paradise - Dress up. New Paradise isn't necessarily "formal," per se, but it's sexy and sleek; this is the kind of place where if you're dressed like a tool, you'll stick out like a sore thumb. (Probably more than a sore thumb, actually-those don't really stand out when you think about it). The point is: it's a solid place. Bring your A-game.

Cest LA Vie
(978) 459-3708
1733 Middlesex St
Lowell, MA
Description
Cest La Vie - If you're trying to impress your date, Cest La Vie is the place to do it. The drinks are strong, the atmosphere laid back and welcoming. Grab a seat and check out the many specials Cest La Vie offers.

Wright Tavern Ctr
(978) 369-9602
20 Lexington Rd
Concord, MA
Description
Wright Tavern Ctr - Boasting excellent service and strong drinks, Wright Tavern Ctr, located at [Address], has a good crowd of regulars and a decent-looking clientele. As an added bonus, there's no cover, so this is a good place to hit without blowing your budget.

Sherwood Forest Brewers LTD
(508) 303-0605
175 Maple St
Marlborough, MA
Description
Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd - Happy hour never looked so good. Sherwood Forest Brewers Ltd, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

LA Pradera Bar & Grill
(978) 937-2088
1717 Middlesex St
Lowell, MA
Description
La Pradera Bar & Grill - Sometimes you just don't want to pay $12 for a drink. On those nights, head out to La Pradera Bar & Grill, located at [Address]. And while they may be cheaper, they're definitely not weaker.

Highland Tap
(978) 459-2990
318 Westford St
Lowell, MA
Description
Highland Tap - Plush seating and good music gives Highland Tap a good name. The place usually gets filled up by midnight so come early if you want to designate an area for you and your friends.

Kilkenny Pub
(978) 441-9040
660 Rogers St
Lowell, MA
Description
Kilkenny Pub - While you don't need to be wearing a suit to get into Kilkenny Pub, looking nice will help. The crowd is attractive and the bartenders even more so. If you're looking for a nice spot to hang with friends and meet new (attractive) people, Kilkenny Pub will do the trick.

Stocking up your home bar

By Russ Cobbe

Last week we discussed what bartending equipment you should have in your home bar. This week we will cover the ingredients you need to complete the setup of your home bar.

Your main selection of alcohol should include 750ml bottles of the following: Gin, Vodka, Rum, Bourbon, Scotch, Tequila, Vermouth, Red and White Wine, Brandy, Port & Sherry plus whatever liqueurs are most palatable to you and your friends. The most popular liqueurs to have would be coffee, orange, irish cr�me and cr�me de cassis.

Next up would be bitters. Bitters are made from a variety of roots, barks, berries and herbs. They generally add a bit of zing to your drinks. You should have Angostura, Peychaud's, Orange and Abbotts Aged bitters.

For mixing you'll need a good variety to make a lot of different recipes. The standards include multiple bottles of Mineral water, cola, ginger ale, club soda, tonic water, lemon/lime sodas and fresh juices (orange, pineapple, lemon, lime and tomato). Don't forget to have lots of ice on hand. If you make your own ice use bottled water so you don't get a chlorine flavour to your drinks. Ice should go in the glass first to avoid splashing and to cool the ingredients as they get added.

Finally you will need some things to garnish the drinks to add that special touch. The essentials include cocktail onions, stuffed olives, lemons, limes, oranges, strawberries, celery stalks, Tabasco sauce, maraschino cherries, pineapple...

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