Word on the street (and when I say street, I mean some mythical “blogging street”) is that readers really love a good top 10 list. If this is the case readers, let me start by apologizing for not getting you some of these sooner!
We’ll start with this one, which any good host should take to heart… The Top Ten Things Every Bar Should Have. If you have this stuff already, good on you. If you don’t then this is something to aspire to.
The Bar List:
1. 6 Red Wine Glasses when it comes to red wine, the bigger the balloon the better.
2. 6 White Wine Glasses find something to compliment the red wine glasses
3. 6 Champagne Flutes flutes are usually for a special occasion, so I splurged and bought some gorgeous crystal pieces.
4. 6 Martini Glasses this is a great one to look for at flea markets. There are so many great options from the 50’s and 60’s
5. 10 Low Ball Glasses These will work for everything else: liquor, margarita, martini. I use mine for everything!
6. Martini Shaker necessary for martinis, but also such a fun item to collect and add flavor to your bar
7. 10 Cocktail Cloth Napkins Mine are all mixed and matched because I usually find two or three fun options in the clearance rack. Try pairing something unique like hand stitched cocktail napkins with a vibrant fun cocktail plate.
8. Straws It seems obvious to me but apparently not, because whenever I serve a drink with a straw people are always shocked… You have straws here?? Yes, I have straws, this isn’t the dark ages!
9. A Well Stocked Bar Vodka, Rum, Gin, Whiskey, Tonic, Soda Water, Triple Sec, Lime Juice, Lemon Juice, a Great Bottle of Red, and a Great Bottle of White… Oh, and while we’re at it, a proper wine opener! Also, for regular guests I always make sure and stock their brand of liquor. For instance, my father in law loves Crown Royal and I always have it on hand so he can have his favorite drink when he visits. A good hostess remembers little details like that.
10. A Proper Wine Opener – the question has been raised so let me answer it. A Sommelier Wine Opener is the best you can use and poses the lowest risk of breaking your cork. If you want to use something else, just make sure it’s a true cork screw (looks like a pigs tail) instead of the cheapy version that look more like a drill bit.