We all know that there's more to throwing the perfect get-together with friends than just having tasty cocktails! With warmer weather (finally!) making it's way in, it's time for Spring Cleaning...get yourself into the entertaining spirit by sprucing up your home bar.
While you finalize your guest list, keep these five tips in mind for getting your bar in tip-top shape!
Let's Get Started with the Bucket:
When entertaining guests, the last thing you want them to see is a stubborn tarnish stain o your ice bucket. Create an easy homemade cleaning solution by dipping a soft toothbrush in a splash of amonia. Scrub gently, then wipe off the solution with a cloth.
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 in the fridge for a while now? Here's a quick breakdown of your bar essentials' shelf life:
- Maraschino Cherries - Unopened 3 -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 it!
- Olives - Unopened 1 - 2 years; Opened and refrigerated 3 - 4 months
If you 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 ~ it's sweetness can attract ants! Store agave i a cool, dry place. It can be stored in the fridge but it's not necessary.
Let's 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!
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.
Keep Up with the Trends:
The most important tip to consider when sprucing up your bar for Spring is to stay trendy. Stock up o the newest varietals from Skinnygirl Cocktails ~ Skinnygirl Sweet'arita and Skinnygirl Sparkling Margarita and impress your guests with chic cocktails!