Cocktail Party Supplies Ames IA

Local resource for cocktail party supplies in Ames. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to party planners, caterers, liquor stores and wine and spirits, as well as advice on drink recipes, mixers, rum, vodka, whiskey and tequila.

Chicha Shack
2418 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
(515) 292-0033
2704 Stange Rd
Ames, IA
Brewer's - If you're trying to impress your date, Brewer's 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 Brewer's offers.

(515) 268-1556
2816 West St
Ames, IA
Thumbs - If you need a place to unwind after another week of mindless TPS reports, Thumbs, 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.

Meeting House
(515) 663-9571
823 Wheeler St
Ames, IA
Meeting House - Want to throw a huge party with 300 of your closest friends? Meeting House is probably not the place to do it. But if you're interested in grabbing a quick drink and possibly some bar food, Meeting House is more than able to oblige.

(515) 292-4501
2428 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
Lumpy's - If you have to work the next morning, we bet a thousand bucks you're going to call in sick. That's because Lumpy's, 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.

Welch Ave Station
(515) 292-2334
207 Welch Ave
Ames, IA
Welch Ave Station - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Welch Ave Station? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

Maintenance Shop
(515) 294-2758
Memorial Un
Ames, IA
Maintenance Shop - Why go to bed when you can have another drink? At Maintenance Shop, located at [Address], the party marches into the late, late hours, as they have one of the best all-night parties. Of course, this could mean some serious pain the next morning (or, more likely, the next afternoon.) Don't say we didn't warn you.

Deano's 119 Main
(515) 233-3910
119 Main St
Ames, IA
Deano's 119 Main - Happy hour never looked so good. Deano's 119 Main, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

E J's Legacy
(515) 233-9429
111 5th St
Ames, IA
E J's Legacy - Now you have your cake and eat it too. E J's Legacy, located at [Address], is a hybrid of both trendy-club and swank-lounge. Get there early and stay late; it's the kind of place where you can have an amazing drinks and then stay for the nightlife.

Tip Top Lounge
(515) 232-9822
201 E Lincoln Way
Ames, IA
Tip Top Lounge - 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.

Technique, Technique, Technique

Technique, Technique, Technique

By Russ Cobbe

In real estate the mantra is location, location, location but in mixing cocktails its technique, technique, technique. Most home bartenders tend to just throw the ingredients together and serve the drink and in a lot of commercial establishments they do the same thing. The way a drink is prepared can make a big difference in how it tastes and in the atmosphere created.

Chilling a Glass
Always chill glasses before filling them. There are a couple of ways to accomplish this. First is to simply put them in the fridge or a freezer a couple of hours ahead of time. If you forget however you can fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice for a few minutes. Make sure to empty the ice before preparing the drink.

Frosting a Glass
For "frosted" drinks you can put the glass in the freezer ahead of time or bury it in shaved ice until it has a white, frosted and ice-cold look and feel. For "sugar-frosted" glasses, wet the rim of the glass that is already chilled with lemon or lime juice and then dip into powdered sugar or coarse salt depending on the recipe.

Floating Liqueurs
Creating a layered drink, also known as a pousse caf�, is not difficult once you know how. The main concept is the heavier ingredients go in first and the lighter ones on top so the ingredients don't mix. Take an inverted spoon and slowly pour the ingredient onto the back of the spoon. This spreads it out and reduces the churn that happens with a straight pour. This can also be done by pouring the ingredient down a glass rod.

Flaming Liqueurs
To make a flaming drink you have to have a spirit that has a high alcohol content. Brandy is normally used. Prewarm the glass being used. Pour some liquor into the prewarmed glass and heat a smaller amount over a flame or in a saucepan on a stove. Light it with a match and then pour it into the glass being used very carefully. This will cause the rest of the alcohol to ignite. Be careful, flames can jump up qu...

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