With summer in full swing, many home entertainers are realizing that their bars are sorely lacking in the ingredients needed to create refreshing cocktails. While making cocktails can be a complicated endeavor, simplifying is really the best way to keep the stress out of entertaining.
Having the basics on hand to make the light cocktails for those hot summer days and nights will keep you prepared for impromptu get togethers. Simple and light is the best way to go when stocking up a summer bar. Having tonics, sodas and fruit mixers, such as lemonade, cranberry, grapefruit, orange and pineapple juice will hit a wide variety of tastes.
Lighter colored spirits are also popular this time of year. Gin, vodka, rum and tequila will definitely be your big sellers. Although, bourbon has some skin in the game, as well. The Amber Road, a bourbon base drink with Aperol, lemon juice, bitters & soda creates a refreshing cocktail. Aperol is a great addition to any bar, as it is used to make a wide variety of cocktails perfect for hot days.
Of course, many of the traditional basics still come into play for summer cocktails. Stock the bar with bitters, simple syrup, dry and sweet vermouth, fruit and flower infused liqueurs and bubbly prosecco or champagnes.
Don’t forget to have all the bartender instruments need; shakers, muddler, strainers, blender and openers. Want to impress guests? Accrue some swizzle sticks, straws, and paper umbrellas to add a nice flare.
Finally, consider having a little herb garden to easily garnish cocktails and add flavor. Rosemary, basil, mint, lemon balm and lavender are a great mix for a variety of cocktail options.
Let’s face it, beer and weekends go together … they just do.
Tri-State Liquors has a full line of ice cold Kegs in stock. We got all your beverage needs covered and we are conveniently located in beautiful TAX-FREE Delaware with easy access from I-95.