Guys, I can finally have alcohol!!!!! Wahoo!! It’s been so long I’m sure I’ll have one sip and be wasted but I am so ready for a tasty adult treat.
If you know anything about Chappy and I, you know we are really into craft cocktails. Chappy is the main mixologist and I am his more than willing taste tester. For the last few months I have had to stick to mocktails but with Waylen finally here I am ready to jump right back in to my official taster position and get our bar back in tip top shape.
For my first alcoholic beverage I want to have something special. One of my favorite special occasion cocktails is the Ramos Gin Fizz. If you are looking to impress your guests with a fancy cocktail, this is it! With egg whites, milk, and orange flower water it is super unique and even better tasting.
When it comes to actually stocking your bar things can be tricky though. You need to have ingredients for party favorites as well as some unique show stoppers. Here are a few classic cocktails recipes we always have up our sleeve when entertaining guests (and more importantly when we are just drinking by ourselves ha)
- 1 1/2 ounces white rum
- 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
- 1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup
- 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Splash of Ricard or Herbsaint
- 2 ounces rye whiskey
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 2 dashs of Peychaud’s bitters
- 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
- Lemon peel, for garnish
Chill one rocks glass while preparing the drink in another. Splash the Ricard into the second glass and swirl it, then pour it out. Add the Rye, Simple Syrup, and bitters, Stir with ice cubes to chill. Strain into the chilled rocks glass and garnish with lemon peel.
- 1 ounce brandy
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Flamed orange peel, for garnish
Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into an iced old- fashioned glass or if served “up” strain into a small cocktail glass with a sugared rim. Garnish with flamed orange peel.
Ramos Gin Fizz
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 1/4 ounces simple syrup
- 2 ounces milk
- 1 small egg white
- 2 drops of orange-flower water
- 3 ounces club soda
Shake all the ingredients except the soda with ice and strain into a highball glass without ice. Top with club soda.
Besides the ingredients list for our Show Stopper Cocktails, here is a list of some other staple items we always keep stocked in our bar:
- Rum: We usually just go with Bacardi Silver
- Gin: Tanqueray is our go-to thanks to my friend Ashley who is currently obsessed
- Whiskey: Chappy has been really into Rye Whiskey these days so that’s what we’ve been buying lately. A great value option is Wild Turkey Rye but he is also known to pick up Jim Beam or Bulleit Bourbon
- Vodka: We usually just get Smirnoff but we are not huge Vodka drinkers
- Simple syrup: Please do not buy this, it is literally just sugar and water!
- Selzer water or club soda
Besides the ingredients you also need to keep your bar stocked with the correct tools to actually make your cocktails! We buy most of our tools off barproducts.com because they are such a good price so I highly – HIGHLY- recommend going there!
- Jiggers: the most useful jigger size to get is the 1 oz with the 1/2 oz. so start with that one!
- Boston Shakers
- Bar Spoon
- Strainer: You should at least have a Hawthorne Basic Strainer but small ice and muddled herbs can slip through so ift that bothers you get a mesh strainer instead!
Now with all this you’re bar should be set! Of course you can continue to add stock over time to really round out your bar supply and customize it to your own needs. Some great things to add over time are different bitters, flavored honeys, infused simple syrups, and specialty liquors. Also if you are looking for a cocktail recipe book I highly recommend The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale Degroff. This book gives you an infinite amount of tasty treats while also telling you the history behind the cocktails and liquors. It is a must have for anyone looking to get into craft cocktails! Be sure to check it out and let me know what you guys think!