Cocktail Party Supplies Bloomington IN
223 W 6th St
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.
214 W Kirkwood Ave
Crazy Horse - Excellent Irish pub. Its come under some criticism for its name, but offers a remarkable line of international beers from just about everywhere. Decent bar fare and a collegiate crowd.
419 N Walnut Ave
Axis - Mid-sized rock club supplying a lot of drinks to the crowd. The sounds are a mix of '80s rock and more contemporary styles, and the acoustics are good.
Nick's English Hut
423 E Kirkwood Ave
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.
502 N Morton St
Uncle Elizabeth's - Big, open bar with a relatively mixed crowd, considering this is a college town. The large deck draws summer crowds, and there's a pool table to for entertainment during the rest of the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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