Cocktail Party Supplies Rockford IL

Local resource for cocktail party supplies in Rockford. 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.

Brickhouse Lounge
(815) 968-6180
517 15th Ave
Rockford, IL
Brickhouse Lounge - True, it might not be as cheap as a dive bar, but Brickhouse Lounge offers an upscale ambience with a laid back vibe. Located at [Address], it's a good "middle-tier" nightlife option.

Cub's Tap
(815) 968-4870
1103 Broadway
Rockford, IL
Cub's Tap, located at [Address], has an atmosphere that's bordering on dive. Don't take a date there-unless she's cool as hell and is super low-maintenance-but it's a good place to chill and unwind. -Review of Cub's Tap

(815) 965-0344
513 E State St
Rockford, IL
Office - Some bars are legendary. The kind of watering hole that you'll remember for most of your life. Office? It's not one of them. Located at [Address], it's pretty much your vanilla bar. Which isn't a bad thing.

Lamont's Restaurant & Lounge
(815) 961-9771
403 15th Ave
Rockford, IL
Lamont's Restaurant & Lounge - Of the city's hundreds and hundreds of bars, Lamont's Restaurant & Lounge fits right in the middle of the bell curve - a place to hit with your buddies on the way to your ultimate destination. Not the ideal spot for fabulous, drunken debauchery, but it's a good as place as any to pre-drink.

Cheers Of Rockford
(815) 282-9007
3207 N Main St
Rockford, IL
Cheers Of Rockford - Twenty dollar cover? Nope. Celebrities? None. Cheers Of Rockford 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.)

Shooter's Bar & Grill
(815) 399-0683
4007 E State St
Rockford, IL
Shooter's Bar & Grill - In need of a quick drink without the hassle of a doorman? Shooter's Bar & Grill will do the trick. Grab a seat at the welcoming bar and order one of the many brews on hand. The bartender will likely hook you up if you become a regular and then you'll really have your very own place where everyone knows your name.

(815) 965-2685
1312 7th
Rockford, IL
Stoops - If you're trying to impress your date, Stoops 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 Stoops offers.

Stadium Lounge
(815) 962-7354
160 15th Ave
Rockford, IL
Stadium Lounge - If you need a place to unwind after another week of mindless TPS reports, Stadium Lounge, 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.

Mary's Place
(815) 962-7944
602 N Madison St
Rockford, IL
Mary's Place - Happy hour never looked so good. Mary's Place, located at [Address] caters to an anxious after-work crowd but once the drinks start coming, the ties start getting loose.

Cody's Pub
(815) 964-7282
2529 S Main St
Rockford, IL
Cody's Pub, located at [Address], has an atmosphere that's bordering on dive. Don't take a date there-unless she's cool as hell and is super low-maintenance-but it's a good place to chill and unwind. -Review of Cody's Pub

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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