Tips & tricks
Having been in Liquor shop for few years, we've learned quite a few tricks of the trade. Here are a few of our pearls of wisdom
- First, the old adage of white wine being more popular than red wine has changed. People today are drinking as much, if not more, red wine at parties as they are white wine. Of course, you need to consider the time of day of the event, what food you’re serving and the climate of the party setting. We like to plan equal amounts of white and red wine, unless there is some significant factor that would skew the ratio such as a Sunday Brunch party or a warm weather, poolside affair.
- Stock up on plenty of ice. You’ll need it for chilling bottles of wine or Champagne as well as serving drinks on the rocks. A good rule of thumb is to have 1-pound of ice per guest.
- Be prepared with an assortment of glass styles to cover the type of drinks you plan to serve. These include: good quality wine glasses (rent them if you have to); straight-sided highball glasses for tall drinks; tumblers for spirits and juices; and martini glasses.
- Have twice as many glasses on hand as you have guests.
- Chill your cocktail glasses in the refrigerator before serving.
- Don’t forget to stock up on mixers including: fruit juices (orange, grapefruit, cranberry & pineapple), club soda, tonic, ginger ale, cola, tomato juice & plenty of lemons and limes. You may need to add other items, depending on the types of cocktails that you choose to serve.
- Fresh fruit juice makes a drink taste much better. Stock your bar with plenty of fresh fruit juices, soft drinks, mixers, seasonings and garnishes to make your cocktails a little extra special.
- If you’re serving wine, uncork a few bottles of each offering in advance. It will not only save you time when your guests arrive, but help you to identify if any of the wine is ‘corked’ or off. Decant the red wine, especially if it is ‘big’ and needs some time to open up.
- When adding an olive to a cocktail, always pierce it with a toothpick and use cherries with stems. Your guests will appreciate the convenience.
- Use a high quality sweet and sour mix.
- Add 1 ounce per serving of Rose’s Lime Juice to your favorite margarita recipe.
- Have coffee available for any guests that may need a little assistance at the end of the party. Also, keep the number of a local taxi company handy. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. Remember, you want all of your guests to make it home safe & sound.
Outdoor Party Hints
Having your party outdoors? Follow these steps to help maintain a great beer experience:
- Keep bottles away from exposure to direct sunlight, including when chilling on ice. Use a cooler with a cover, or better yet set up the cooler(s) in a covered, shaded area. Sunlight can interact with the hops in beer and cause a “skunky” aroma in the beer.
- Consider the season and weather when selecting the beer and quantity of each beer style for the party. In the middle of a hot summer day, for example, guests may choose a full-bodied dark Stout less than some other styles.
- Provide real glassware where allowed/possible. Beer tastes best consumed from a glass, not from the bottle or can. Provide plastic cups where glassware is not viable.
- Have a recycle bin or receptacle available at the beer station for the empty bottles and cans.
Kegs for Parties
Kegs are a terrific choice for parties with lots of guests; offering the alternative/advantage of having large volumes of beer in single containers. Kegs come in multiple sizes and we carry all sizes available through distribution in the local market (note: specific beers may not be available in all keg sizes). Our stores have a walk-in, self-serve keg cooler where you will find an “always in-stock” selection of keg beer (brands vary by market). You are also able to place special orders for kegs. If the distributor carries it, we can get it for you. Please allow 7-10 days for delivery of your special order keg.
Remember, we have taps and tubs available for a nominal rental fee. We also sell cups and ice.