Creating a Well-Stocked Home Bar--Just in Case the Mad Men Cast Stops By
It's 5 o'clock... somewhere.
I think sassy and sophisticated little bar carts are just as charming as they can be. And even though I don't really imbibe hard liquors (however, the hubs enjoys a really good Irish whiskey (neat) from time to time)... I still wanted to create a somewhat well-stocked home bar on the off chance that the cast of Mad Men show up unannounced.
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See, I grew up old-school. My mother was home raising nine children while my father work as an accountant for a large aluminum company. Every night before my father arrived home at 6:00 pm my mother shooed us children out from under her, put on some lipstick and had a cocktail ready.
My parents would have about twenty or thirty minutes together each evening before dinner, just the two of them, over a drink and discuss the day's events. After that it was full-on family time and all the glories involved.
As a child, I remember thinking, "They must have some super-serious stuff to discuss because they are soooo engrossed in their conversation." Probably not... they were just being man and wife and not mommy and daddy for just a few short moments.
The Well-Stocked and Decor-Appropriate Home Bar
So what goes into the creation of a well-stocked bar that looks like it belongs in the space -- and not some random excuse to have bottles of alcohol as a decorating scheme? I'm going to sound like a broken record, but take into account your own personal tastes and the spirits you enjoy drinking.
However, if you want specifics, here are a few you should probably have on hand. Gin, vodka (but I keep ours in the freezer), Irish whiskey, Scotch whisky, tequila, rum, Cognac, brandy, and triple sec or Cointreau. You can leave them in their bottles or put them in decanters, whatever you prefer. Also add a few tumblers and glasses for your drinks as well.
Well it's almost Friday, folks, and it's a summer weekend. So there's a good chance you may have a cocktail or two this weekend. Perhaps you may want to create your own home bar.
Take care now,