Cocktail Party Supplies Bloomington IN
316 W 6th St
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.
105 W 7th St
Video Saloon - A generally scraggly but well-behaved crowd of diverse locals. The cheap drinks, along with a scanty selection of mediocre bar fare, are served until late by tough waiters and waitresses. Pool and darts for those who aren't too drunk to play games.
Yogi's Bar and Grill
519 E 10th St
Yogi's Bar and Grill - Sports bar serving pork, chicken, and barbecued beef. It draws a sports crowd, especially for basketball season, though it's named after Yogi Berra. A decent line of draft beers.
222 N Walnut St
Rockit's Pizza - Pizza on towards the wee hours: it's good, if not overwhelming. The real draw, besides delivery to IU's dorms, is the weekly live music, Sunday evenings.
100 Fountain Sq # 2
Bobby's Pub - If you need a place to unwind after another week of mindless TPS reports, Bobby's Pub, 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.
221 E Kirkwood Ave
Shanti - The area's only Indian restaurant. Small, and serving competentingly prepared north Indian food. Service is a bit slow, but prices are quite fair.
Trojan Horse, The
100 E Kirkwood Ave
Trojan Horse, The - The name hints at the menu: diverse sorts of Greek food for lunch and dinner. The Horse's Head tavern is upstairs, serving a good range of bottled beer, a few draft beers, and a bit of Greek wine. The atmosphere is fresh and welcoming, and the food and drink is pretty cheap. And, it's a chance to listen to some Greek music.
John Waldren Arts Center
122 S Walnut St
John Waldren Arts Center - The local arts emporium: art, sculpture, theater, literary events, swing and Latin dance nights, artsfests, ballet, classical concerts, and everything else.
122 E Kirkwood Ave
Ladyman's Cafe - Despite the interesting name, there's nothing too peculiar here. Heavy Midwestern foodcooked in a traditional manner, for a traditional crowd.
1428 E 3rd St
Mother Bear's - Features excellent pizza, but also has lasagna, salad, and sandwiches-along with some alcohol. Draws big student crowds, and is a perennial favorite.
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.
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.
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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