Cocktail Party Planning Chicago IL

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Chicago. 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.

Plush
1104 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL
 
Tizi Melloul Mediterranean Restaurant Lounge
(312) 670-4338
531 N. Wells Street
Chicago, IL
 
Sigara Hookah Cafe Lounge
(773) 292-9190
2013 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL
 
Kan Zaman
617 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL
 
Bar Of Chicago
(312) 654-1120
9 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL
 
Arabia Cafe Hookah Bar
(773) 276-2345
1046 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL
 
Souk
1552 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL
 
Zentra Nightclub
923 West Weed Street
Chicago, IL
 
Guess Hookah
(312) 666-8801
1829 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL
 
Dhuwan Hookah Lounge
(773) 348-4900
2425 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL
 

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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