Cocktail Party Planning Downers Grove IL

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Downers Grove. 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.

Mr. Shesha's Coffee House
(630) 983-6600
1570 W Ogden Ave.
Naperville, IL
 
Athar
149 North Addison Avenue
Elmhurst, IL
 
Aria Lounge
(630) 628-3644
443 West Lake Street
Addison, IL
 
Friends Cafe and Lounge
(708) 671-1270
11015 S.Harlem Ave
Worth, IL
 
Hookah Time Cafe
(815) 836-8940
20653 Renwick Road
Crest Hill, IL
 
Josephine's Martini Wine Bar
(630) 758-0012
207 South Villa Avenue
Villa Park, IL
 
Aria Lounge
(630) 689-3272
134 East Army Trail Road
Glendale Heights, IL
 
Pita Paradise
(630) 752-9266
161 S Schmale Rd.
Carol Stream, IL
 
Aria Lounge
(847) 301-2805
349 S. Roselle Rd.
Schaumburg, IL
 
Ali Baba Cafe Restaurant Inc.
(773) 202-1992
4046 W Lawrence Ave
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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