Warmer weather brings lots of entertaining; here’s how to prep your home bar.
The great thing about spring is that people don’t want to stay home. The bad thing is that if you’re throwing a brunch, bridal shower, birthday, barbecue, or any event that involves food and drink, you don’t want to be caught short handed when making cocktails for friends.
The secret to throwing a great party is to be prepared. Skinnygirl Cocktails has five easy tips to get your home bar set up so you can use it (with ease) all spring and summer long.
1. Let’s Start with the Bucket
When you’re entertaining guests, the last thing you want them to see is a stubborn tarnish stain on your ice bucket. Create an easy homemade cleaning solution by dipping a soft tooth brush in a splash of ammonia. Scrub gently, and then wipe off the solution with a cloth.
2. Toss It
Most perishables in your home will let you know loud and clear that they are well past their prime, but what about those maraschino cherries that you’ve had for a while now? Here’s a quick breakdown of your bar essentials’ shelf life:
- Maraschino Cherries-unopened good for 3 to 4 years, opened – 2 weeks at room temperature, 6 months refrigerated.
- Bitters – rule of thumb, if you can’t remember the last time you used it, toss.
- Olives -In a pantry unopened – good for 1-2 years, opened and refrigerated – 3-4 months.
- Agave Nectar – Agave can be tricky to store. Here’s a fool proof plan for keeping it fresh as long as possible:
× If your agave does not come in a sterile squeeze bottle, transfer it to an air-tight glass jar.
× When transferring the agave, make sure you wipe any spills off the side – its sweetness can attract ants!
× Store agave in a cool, dry place. It can be stored in the refrigerator, but it’s not necessary.
3. And Move on to the Ice Cubes
Eliminate the hassle and refilling process of ice cube trays by investing in some no-melt reusable ice cubes. These are super chic and you can get them in all shapes and sizes.
*Bonus: You no longer have to deal with watery drinks when you want a little chill!
4. Liquor Storage
To get the most shelf life out of your liquors, keep bottles tightly closed in a cool place away from direct sunlight. Keep in mind that spirits with a lower alcohol count have a shorter shelf life, and should be refrigerated after opening.
5. Keep Up with the Trends
The most important tip to consider when sprucing up your bar for spring is to stay trendy. Stock up on the newest varietals from Skinnygirl® Cocktails – Skinnygirl® Sweet’arita and Skinnygirl® Sparkling Margarita – and impress your guests with chic cocktails!