After the Wedding…Entertaining as a Couple

Entertaining 101: Stock the Bar   Cocktails

The Editors of Perfect Wedding Guide 
When the wedding planning is all over, the next step is life as a newlywed couple. Hence, you’re bound to entertain friends and family in your humble abode, and nothing gets a party started faster than great cocktails. Before you invite folks over, make sure to stock the bar with all the wedding essentials. Here’s a detailed list of what you’ll need:

Tools of the trade:
Long gone are your college days of using two plastic cups to make a mixed drink. Your home bar should be just as grown up as you are. Here are a few of the basic tools needed to concoct the perfect cocktails:

  • Blender
  • Bottle stopper
  • Can opener
  • Champagne pliers
  • Corkscrew
  • Cutting board (for lemon or lime wedges)
  • Decanter or carafe
  • Ice bucket and scoop
  • Jigger
  • Muddler
  • Pitcher
  • Recipe book
  • Shaker
  • Spoon (one with a long handle for stirring drinks)
  • Serving tray
  • Strainer
  • Swizzle sticks
  • Wine chiller

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Beverage beginnings:
Preparing a good drink takes the right base. Keep these spirits on hand to serve up the right mix of fun. 

  • Beer
  • Bourbon
  • Brandy
  • Champagne
  • Cognac
  • Gin
  • Vodka
  • Rum
  • Tequila
  • Vermouth
  • Whiskey
  • Wine (red and white)

Festive Fillers:
All the extras that keep the party going.

  • Glassware (high ball, wine, champagne flutes, pilsner, mugs, snifter, shots, etc.)
  • Glassware charms (for guests can tell between whose drink is whose)
  • Cocktail napkins
  • Coasters
  • Stirrers
  • Mixers and schnapps (juice, soda, sours, simple syrup, bitters, etc.)
  • Rimming salt and sugar for garnish

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Bar Lingo:
Terms every great bartender should know.

  • Dry: made with less vermouth
  • Neat: without a mixers
  • On the rocks: served with ice
  • Shooter: served in a shot glass
  • Straight up: chilled drink served without a mixer or ice
  • Wet: made with more vermouth

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