Cocktail Party Planning Mesa AZ

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Mesa. 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.

Chez Monieux
(480) 491-5588
5004 S. Price Rd.
Tempe, AZ
 
King Tut Cafe
(480) 921-1670
1125 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ
 
Red Sea Cafe
(480) 966-2401
827 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, AZ
 
Mythos Restaurant
(480) 947-6896
2515 N. Scottsdale Rd. Suite 2-4
Scottsdale, AZ
 
HB Place
(602) 944-5705
53 East Broadway
Tempe, AZ
 
La Pita Bar Grill
(480) 784-6700
505 S Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ
 
Urban Cafe
(480) 968-8888
1212 E. Apache Blvd #103
Tempe, AZ
 
Layalena
(480) 966-9116
1290 N Scottsdale Rd
Tempe, AZ
 
Oasis Cafe
(480) 966-6388
1310 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ
 
Pita House - Scottsdale
(480) 425-9200
7210 E. First Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ
 

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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