Cocktail Party Supplies Bloomington IN
113 S Grant Ave
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.
825 N Walnut Ave
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.
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.
201 S College St
Bullwinkle's - The liveliest gay club in town, and probably the best scene, gay or straight, in town. Drag shows on Monday and Wednesday, a laser-filled dance floor, and cheap shots.The music is techno, '70s pop-disco, and a little house.
116 N Grant Ave
Cafe Django - A mix of food, with an emphasis on East Asian and Middle Eastern choices.You can catch live jazz Saturday and Sunday.
212 N Walnut Ave
Opie Taylor's - A burger shack with decent burgers, some big salads, strongly flavored chili, and an awfully nice veggie burger. There are some beers available as well.
Secret Sailor Books
202 N Walnut St
Secret Sailor Books - Along with being the local anarchist bookshop, it hosts all sorts of music events. Most are punk/rock shows, acoustic and electric. But there are also other events, meetings, etc.
210 W 5th St
Alley - Want to throw a huge party with 300 of your closest friends? Alley is probably not the place to do it. But if you're interested in grabbing a quick drink and possibly some bar food, Alley is more than able to oblige.
1795 E 10th St
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.
400 W 11th St
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.)
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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