Monday, October 18, 2010

Happy Hour Link Party on Wednesdays!

I'm so happy to announce I am starting a Happy Hour link party at Henrietta's House!  This will happen every Wednesday.  Link your barware settings, favorite cocktail recipe, or appetizers!

So before we start this party, let's go over a few bar basics.  According to The Bar Guide by Williams-Sonoma, you need to stock your bar with the basics to be ready for cocktails.

Here's what you need:

Spirits - bourbon, whiskey, gin, rum, Scotch, tequila, vodka
Liqueurs - Kahlua, sambuca, Southern Comfort, triple sec, anisette, apricot brandy, creme de menthe
Wines - dry white and red, sparkling, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth
Beers - domestic, lager, small selection of locally made microbrews

Mixers and Modifiers
Essential Mixers - juices, waters, sodas
Essential Modifiers - bitters, grenadine, sweetened lime juice (such as Rose's), simple syrup, sweet-and-sour mix

Garnishes and Accents
Essential - olives, cherries, black pepper, coarse salt, cocktail onions, granulated sugar, horseradish, hot sauce, sugar cubes, Worcestershire sauce
Extras - bananas, candies, celery, cinnamon sticks, cloves, coffee beans, cucumber, pineapple and other fruit

Tools and Supplies - bar spoon, shaker and strainer, bottle/can opener, citrus reamer, corkscrew, cutting board, ice bucket, scoop, jigger, mixing glass, paring knife, straws, swizzle sticks

Essential Glassware
Mixed Drinks and Cocktails - martini glasses, highball glasses, Collins glasses, Old-Fashioned glasses, brandy snifters, sherry copitas
Wine - red wine glasses, white wine glasses, all-purpose wine glasses, Champagne glasses
Beer - mugs or Pilsners

For a complete list, check out The Bar Guide by Williams-Sonoma!

So get your best cocktail recipe ready and dust off those glasses!  Join the Happy Hour link party this Wednesday!!


  1. Love your artwork, did you do it or what is it's origins. I have a cool punch bowl I may have to bring to the Party...see you Wednesday.

  2. The artwork was not done my me. It was one of the first things I bought when we bought the house we are living more than 10 years ago. I was so excited that we had a bar in the basement!! I got it at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

    So glad you are joinging the party on Wednesday! Can't wait to see...

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

    I will certainly be joining the Happy Hour party -- will it be weekly? Happy hours happen a lot more than I'd like to admit here on Simcoe Street.

    I am your blog's newest follower -- would be so honoured if you would follow my blog, too.

    Looking forward to Wednesday!


  4. What a fun idea! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie


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