Cocktail Party Planning Ballston Spa NY

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Ballston Spa. 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.

Dolphins' Cove
(518) 885-5550
162 W Milton Rd
Ballston Spa, NY
Description
Dolphins' Cove - If you need a place to unwind after another week of mindless TPS reports, Dolphins' Cove, located at [Address], might just do the trick. Pretty barebones and without fanfare, but the prices are reasonable and there's no hassle at the door.

Leprechaun Pub
(518) 584-6077
2839 State Route 9
Ballston Spa, NY
Description
Leprechaun Pub - 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.

Crest Inn
(518) 885-1708
430 Geyser Rd
Ballston Spa, NY
Description
Crest Inn - Happy hour never looked so good. Crest Inn, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

Charlton Tavern
(518) 399-9951
745 Charlton Rd
Ballston Lake, NY
Description
Charlton Tavern, located at [Address], is your garden variety pub. It's not going to win any raves of "Hottest. Bar. Ever.," but it's a serviceable place to relax and unwind. Just keep your expectations grounded. And there's something to be said for beers that cost less than $14 bucks. Review of Charlton Tavern.

Luna Lounge
(518) 583-6955
17 Maple Ave
Saratoga Springs, NY
Description
Luna Lounge is the type of place you start off your night. The drinks are cheap and strong but the crowd isn't the type to get the party started. Grab a quick drink here and then head out to the real party. -Review of Luna Lounge

Geyser Sports Pub
(518) 885-4897
443 Geyser Rd
Ballston Spa, NY
Description
Geyser Sports Pub - There's not much to be said about the cocktails at [name]. They're not necessarily cheap, but they're as tasty as they are potent...a delicious and dangerous combination.

Ripe Tomato An American Grill
(518) 581-1530
2721 State Route 9
Ballston Spa, NY
Description
Ripe Tomato An American Grill - You might see a celeb here. But he/she will probably be on one of the many flat screen TVs lining the walls. Ripe Tomato An American Grill is the place you'd likely go to to watch that big game but you'll probably have so much fun, you'll stick around longer.

Monaco's Village Inn
(518) 885-5100
96 Front St
Ballston Spa, NY
Description
Monaco's Village Inn - 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.

Carney's Bar
(518) 399-5129
17 Main St
Ballston Lake, NY
Description
Carney's Bar - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Carney's Bar? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

9 Maple Ave
(518) 583-2582
9 Maple Ave # 1
Saratoga Springs, NY
Description
9 Maple Ave, located at [Address], has an atmosphere that's bordering on dive. Don't take a date there-unless she's cool as hell and is super low-maintenance-but it's a good place to chill and unwind. -Review of 9 Maple Ave

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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