Important to keep stocked

Thank you Food Network for such good tips for the NYE Party season:

Entertaining friends is simple if your bar is stocked with basic cocktail-making supplies. Here’s a quick list of the items you need to be ready to make drinks on a moment’s notice.

Glassware
Highball glasses are a good all-purpose glass to keep on hand. Also have some pint glasses (for beer), martini glasses, all-purpose wine glasses, and margarita glasses. Get at least a half-dozen of each type.

Jigger
This is an hourglass-shaped measuring tool made of stainless steel that generally holds 1.5 ounces of fluid in one end and 1 ounce in the other. You’ll need this to measure the liquor you put into cocktails.

Garnishes
Make those drinks pretty. Keep on hand salt, sugar, a jar of those bright red maraschino cherries and olives. In the fresh garnish department, have wedges of lemons and limes and mint leaves ready.

Bartender’s handbook – or a laptop with your favorite cocktail site bookmarked
Unless you’re a pro mixologist, you’re going to need to look up the ingredients and instructions for some drinks your guests request.

Cocktail Shaker
A two-pieced device used to mix cocktail ingredients by shaking.

Electric Blender
Because you can’t make all drinks in a shaker. Blenders are key for frozen drinks like margaritas and pina coladas.

Wine opener / bottle opener
Get a bottle opener for the metal-capped beverages and a wine opener or corkscrew for the corked ones.

Muddler
A tool that looks like a little baseball bat. Use to crush mint, fruit and spices. Essential for making mojitos and juleps.

Mixers
In addition to liquor, this is your primary palette. Here’s a list of suggested items to keep on hand: Orange juice, lime juice, pineapple juice, tomato juice, cranberry juice, cola, ginger ale, soda water, tonic water, grenadine, sugar syrups and fruit syrups.

Strainer
A metal tool that looks a bit like a spring with a handle. Use this to strain the ice out of your cocktail shaker as you pour the drink into a serving glass.

I think I keep all the hardware in stock. And thanks to a happy hour for a fundraising event, I even have a muddler. May the party begin. 🙂

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