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As the holidays quickly approach, it’s time to get your home ready to entertain your friends and family. A great way to create an entertaining space in your home is to build a home bar. Use your home bar to entertain guests, or use it as a space for the adults to go while the kids play video games. We provide you with everything you need to build your first home bar below.
Find the Perfect Space in Your Home
Not every home has a finished and furnished basement for a bar space, but it’s cool if you do. The first step is to use the space you have. It doesn’t matter if it’s a corner in your apartment, a bedroom, or an office, any space will work. Find a rolling cart or table to serve as your bar, and get ready for some good times. Change the space with a custom sign on the wall or even a custom keg handle.
Drink What You Like
Some people think to start a home bar you need to grab the most expensive spirits on the market. That’s not true at all! Start your home bar with spirits you enjoy. You will probably use the bar more than anyone else anyway. Now that you have what you like, you can think about your guests. Grab some base spirits that will allow you to create numerous cocktails. You can’t go wrong with whiskey, rum, vodka, some wine, and beer.
Find Books to Help Your Bar Become Better
Instead of spending your whole budget on pre-made spirits, grab the basics and a good cocktail book! A cocktail book will allow you to expand your drink offerings. Find the perfect cocktail book at a local bookstore or online.
Purchase Accessories and Tools
Here is a short list of accessories and tools that will aid you in your home bar endeavors:
Staple Mixers: tonic water, syrups, and bitters
Mixing Tools: a muddler, a jigger, juice press, strainers, shakers, ice cubes, and glasses.
Create a Signature Drink
The last thing you need is a little imagination. As you research different drink recipes, try to find a drink that suits your personality, and add your own spin on it. After you find your signature drink, give it a creative name. People will surely have great memories of the first time in your home bar.
Last Monday, Haven Rooftop celebrated its 7th Anniversary with a Moroccan/Mykonos-themed cocktail party, featuring mouthwatering appetizers and summery jams. Situated atop The Sanctuary Hotel, Haven Rooftop has remained a popular destination for a Mediterranean inspired getaway, providing guests with the perfect spot to enjoy the city skyline while sipping on various alcoholic delights. Grey goose cocktails such as the Cloudtini, Le Grand Fizz and Midnight Express were in constant flow at the anniversary gathering, along with the signature Whispering Angel Rosé. Haven also serves a full dinner menu, offering an eclectic spin on French-American.
Haven Rooftop is located at 132 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
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How far are you willing to travel for a good pint of beer? If you’re a true beer lover, there’s no distance that can keep you away from trying a new type in a new country! So, if you’re really crazy about good beer, here are the top destinations you must visit this year that will quench your thirst.
Seattle has an amazing brewery-count with over 60 breweries doing business and serving beer lovers from all over the globe. Each year, we get a new addition to the scene, and this year we got one of the best: Future Primitive Brewing. This little brewery specializes in “little beers” as their inventors like to call them. They are making an effort to rediscover old and forgotten methods and outdated styles and employ them in making something new and delicious. Other must-visit breweries include some cult faves like Reuben’s Brews, Cloudburst and Pike.
Beer is rarely the reason why people decide to visit Tokyo, but even if that’s not your main mission, don’t leave this city without sampling some of Japan’s best crafts. Tokyo has a pretty good scene filled with both local- and expat-owned breweries that serve everything from Japanese crafts to American favorites. For instance, make sure to visit Watering Hole in Shibuya that serves a fun mix of Japanese craft (Onisdensetsu, Minoh) and American Burley Oak and Upslope. A relatively new addition to the scene is Øl—a Scandinavian-Japanese bar opened up in partnership with Oslo Brewing. They serve everything from Oslo’s beers to Kyoto Brewing beers to Ballast Point lagers to house-made ginger ale!
One thing is for sure, Australians love their beer! Craft breweries are popping up all over the country, especially in Sydney which is a must-visit beer destination. There’s not much to say about the scene that will make your brewery choice any easier: wherever you see beer, feel free to grab a pint, especially when in Marrickville, the country’s beer capital. Marrickville also has an excellent craft beer store that offers around 1000 beers from just about every beer brewing region in the world including local crafts. This means you can bring a taste of Australia with you and surprise those waiting at home with a bottle of best Aussie craft.
The Czech Republic not only consumes the most beer per person, but they also produce some of the best brands of lager. Staropramen, Kozel, Pilsner Urquell, Krusovice and Budweiser are some of the most popular beers in Europe. Kozel is very masculine and strong with its dark foam and thick taste while Pilsner Urquell is known for its “hoppy” taste. If you want to try something light and sweet, opt for Matuska, one of the country’s youngest crafts and try their Zlata Raketa with undertones of citrus and tropical fruit. All in all, drinking beer, especially crafts, is a valid pastime and hobby in the capital of Prague, so there are a plethora of different bars where you can sample some of the country’s best crafts. And there’s just no best or worst bar to visit in Prague. Each is completely unique and offers what they think is the best example of Czech beer. So, don’t hesitate to visit them all!
It’s just impossible to leave out Germany when talking about beer. So, when in Berlin, make sure to go straight to Markthalle Neun, an urban market filled with everything one hipster might need: Good coffee, fresh and farm-raised food and craft beer. Heidenpeters is the place to go if you want to try amazing Pale Ale, IPA and Brown Ale (sometimes they also offer Porters and Stouts). In Kreuzberg’s Wrangelkeiz neighborhood search for Hopfenreich that serves local beers from producers like Berliner Berg, Stone Berlin and Spent Collective. And Brlo Brwhouse is a modern beer playground that serves around 20 beers on tap from house-brewed Helles to other local, national and international beers. It’s really a place to be. And, if you’re visiting Berlin in July, make sure to visit Berlin Beer Week, a 10-day celebration of beer experience with numerous events taking place throughout the capital.
No need to venture across the Atlantic to experience Italian drinking culture: New Yorkers will be at the coolest new happy hour right inside The Mondrian this Friday, September 28th from 5:30PM – 8:30PM for the launch of Caffe Torino, an aperitivo hour featuring their new cocktail, the Martini & Rossi Nassau Negroni.
Caffe Torino at The Mondrian emblemizes the relaxed drinking style of pre-war Italy; a world once lost now finding new life in modern iterations of the classic Italian aperitivo hour, for which the original Caffe Torino was so well known.
In Good Company bartender Will Benedetto will be showing off his new creation, which features Martini & Rossi’s recently debuted line of Riserva Speciale Bitter. The ingredients of the elevated Nassau Negroni—including Bacardi 4 Year Aged Rum, Marsala-infused Martini & Rosso Vermouth, and a torched pineapple wedge garnish—highlight the aromatic herbal and floral notes of the bitters, creating a new twist on the classic Negroni.
A second Caffe Torino aperitivo hour will be happening at the Mondrian on October 12th for those who can’t make it this week.
Not able to make either, make it at home with the recipe below.
NASSAU NEGRONI RECIPE
1.25 oz of Bacardi 4 year
.75 oz of Martini Riserva Speciale Bitter
.75 Marsala Infused Martini Rosso Vermouth
Stir ingredients together and serve in a rocks glass on the rocks.
Garnish with a pineapple wedge torched to order.
If you haven't gone to the U.S. Open, then there is a lot you're missing out on. From spending the last Summer Days outside, as athletes and celebrities like Andy Cohen, Kevin Spacey, and Anna Wintour take part in this 2-week sporting event, it's always an elegant event.
Crafted to pay homage to the world’s most exciting Grand Slam, the Grey Goose Honey Deuce is comprised of Grey Goose Vodka, freshly squeezed lemonade and raspberry liqueur, topped with tennis-inspired honeydew melon balls.
Designed to transport tennis fans near and far to the non-stop courtside action, the cocktail is named after the most exciting moment of a tennis match when the score is tied at 40-40 - coined by tennis nerds as “deuce.” The refreshing sip is ideal for cooling off during the sultry summer days or powering through the wee hours of the morning to see if Roger Federer can keep up the momentum stateside following his record-breaking Wimbledon triumph.
Not able to attend this year's event? You can still try the Honey Deuce for yourself as it will be served at several New York hot spots, around the city. Bars include the Dream Downtown, PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown, 48 Lounge, Ascent Lounge, The Pierre, and Four Seasons Hotel.
Don't feel like going out, or want to host a viewing party yourself, make your guests feel like they're at the event by making the cocktail yourself.
- 1 1/4 parts Grey Goose Vodka
- Fresh squeezed lemonade
- 1/2 part Chambord or premium raspberry liqueur
- Crushed ice
- Honeydew melon balls
Chill Collins Glass by placing in refrigerator/ freezer or by filling with ice water for 5 minutes. Remove Collins Glass from refrigerator/freezer, and fill with ice. Measure and add vodka to Collins Glass. Top with measured amount of fresh lemonade. Measure and add raspberry liqueur. Garnish with skewer of 1 or multiple frozen honeydew melon balls (note: place honeydew melon in freezer beforehand, then, to create melon balls, use melon baller).
Looking for something to do during a quiet week? Get out of the city for a little trip and sip on some of the best wines New York has to offer. These spots will double as perfect Instagram-worthy moments and a good place to scout for weekend homes. Nothing is more relaxing than trying out new wine and getting out of the city.
Harbes Family Vineyard, Mattituck
Great views, great vibes and even better wines. Not to mention, if you have kids around you can bring them along for the fun. Harbes Family Vineyard is more than just a winery, they have a farm, and lots of other fun activities. In September and October they offer apple picking, a corn maze and even pumpkin picking!
Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Sagaponack
This is the place where weddings are destined for. This beautiful venue is perfect for a fairytale wedding, where you'll be happy to come back to for wine tastings.. If you want to watch a gorgeous sunset while sipping on one of the best rosé, head over on Friday or Saturday. Sorry ladies, no bachelorette parties.
Bedell Cellars, Cutchogue
Bedell Cellars is one of a kind. You and guests can make a customizable wine tastings you can pick and choose whatever you want. If you can't make the drive out to grab a bottle no worries, just join their wine club! There are plenty of different packages and you'll get wine delivered every 4 months. Who wouldn't love a couple surprise bottle showing up at your door?
Shinn Estate Vineyards, Mattituck
Shinn Estate Vineyards is the epitome of adorable. This quaint little vineyard also has a Farmhouse Inn with 4 cute little rooms available. You know wine makes you sleepy so after sipping all afternoon you may want to spend the night here, only thing better than sleeping in is to wake up with the sunrise.
Hotel bars are always warm and welcoming, their purpose after all was to greet weary travelers with a drink after coming from afar. You no longer need to be a guest however to enjoy the perks of hotel bars. New York City’s hotel bars have the best to offer and are now regarded as some of the best cocktail bars in the city.Read More