Cocktail Party Planning Zion IL

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Zion. 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.

Ariah Hookah
(847) 548-0870
1816 Belvidere Road
Grasylake, IL
Al's Tap
(847) 746-9715
10030 W Ames Ave
Zion, IL
Al's Tap - If you need a place to unwind after another week of mindless TPS reports, Al's Tap, 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.

Corky's Pub
(847) 625-0300
11456 W Wadsworth Rd
Zion, IL
Corky's Pub - If you're trying to impress your date, Corky's Pub 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 Corky's Pub offers.

Bub's Pub
(847) 244-0969
2219 N Green Bay Rd
Waukegan, IL
Bub's Pub - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Bub's Pub fits right in the middle of the bell curve - a place to hit with your buddies on the way to your ultimate destination. Not the ideal spot for fabulous, drunken debauchery, but it's a good as place as any to pre-drink.

Final Inning
(262) 694-7395
9048 Sheridan Rd
Kenosha, WI
Final Inning - If you need a place to unwind after another week of mindless TPS reports, Final Inning, 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.

Cafe Mystiko
(847) 520-1892
20510 Milwaukee Ave.
Deerfield, IL
Fritz's Corner
(847) 746-1116
41526 N Green Bay Rd
Zion, IL
Fritz's Corner - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Fritz's Corner is nowhere near the pages of Us Weekly or TMZ, but hey, beer is beer, whiskey is whiskey. A friendly neighborhood bar where you can pretty much wear whatever the hell you want. (But leave the cargo-shorts at home.)

Nip & Sip
(847) 244-6540
2829 Sunset Ave
Waukegan, IL
Nip & Sip - If you're looking to kick back, Nip & Sip, located at [Address], is a safe bet. It's not the kind of place that's going to break your wallet, so that's more you have left over for happy hour.

Duck Inn
(847) 244-3825
15225 W Wadsworth Rd
Wadsworth, IL
Duck Inn - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Duck Inn will do the trick. Grab a seat at the welcoming bar and order one of the many brews on hand. The bartender will likely hook you up if you become a regular and then you'll really have your very own place where everyone knows your name.

Waukegan, IL
Genesee Theatre - If you have to work the next morning, we bet a thousand bucks you're going to call in sick. That's because Genesee Theatre, at [Address], is open all night. So the odds of you getting a good night sleep are closed to zilch - we predict you stumbling home around 8am and flopping into bed, forgetting to brush your teeth. And nothing wrong with that.

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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