Cocktail Party Supplies Bloomington IN

Local resource for cocktail party supplies in Bloomington. 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.

Ladyman's Cafe
(812) 336-5557
122 E Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Ladyman's Cafe - Despite the interesting name, there's nothing too peculiar here. Heavy Midwestern foodcooked in a traditional manner, for a traditional crowd.

Sunset Tavern
(812) 332-7702
400 W 11th St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Sunset Tavern - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Sunset Tavern 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.)

Ekimae
(812) 334-1661
825 N Walnut Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Ekimae - The area's oldest Japanese restaurant, with a comfortable, relaxed but upscale feel. A mixed menu of sushi, tempura, terayaki, and rice dishes. The room in back offers Japanese seating (that is, on the floor). The drinks are mainly wine and beer.

Little Zagreb
(812) 332-0694
223 W 6th St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Little Zagreb - Very casual, very impressive steakhouse. The beef is very thick and meaty. Wash it down with well-priced wine and beer. Nothing really remarkable, but the place attracts a sizable crowd for the steaks.

Encore Cafe
(812) 333-7312
316 W 6th St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Encore Cafe - Artsy, New Age-style cafe in an impressive downtown setting. Soup, sandwiches and salads, along with an eclectic mix of entrees. There's a coffee bar, beer and wine are available, and a jazz band plays on Sunday evenings.

Refuge Inn
(812) 336-4394
1614 W 3rd St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Refuge Inn - If you need a place to unwind after another week of mindless TPS reports, Refuge Inn, 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.

Lennie's
(812) 339-2256
1795 E 10th St
Bloomington, IN
Description
Lennie's - Bloomington's only brewpub, split into a restaurant and a pub. Superb food, especially pizza, and beer too. A mix of the more fashionable Bloomington set, beer lovers, and people out for dinner populates the scene, which is a bit subdued.

Nick's English Hut
(812) 332-4040
423 E Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Nick's English Hut - A classic college bar. Wood dominates the interior, along with IU memoribilia. The college crowd is somewhat older. Beers are served in Ball jars, or pails if you make return visits. The food? It's decent, but nothing remarkable-standard bar fare. 30 TVs and a lot of space.

Snow Lion
(812) 334-7046
113 S Grant Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Snow Lion - Tibetan food in the middle of Indiana (the snow lion is Tibet's national symbol.There's also some Chinese menu items. Prices are pretty low, and the place is run by the Dalai Lama's nephew, so expect friendly service.

Scholar's Inn
(812) 323-1531
717 N College Ave
Bloomington, IN
Description
Scholar's Inn - Bed and breakfast doubling as a restaurant/wine bar, in a Victorian building. Lots of room in the upstairs dining area, and a good range of items to choose from. And, the service is very good.

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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