Thursday, October 23, 2014

My week in snapshots

Hello, Vintage-istas! I've missed you all so much :-) Here's what I have been up to this week....

It's time to let my summer blonde turn to a warm autumnal glow. 

"And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn't feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the Aurora, of best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It's worth being cold for that." --Serafina Pekkala (Northern Lights, by Phillip Pullman)

My happy place. 

 "The end is nothing; the road is all." 
--Willa Cather

Ludwig's Halloween costume! I have to say, it is the perfect costume for a wiener dog! 

We've started wedding planning! The theme is I'll follow you anywhere... 


Staging. staging. staging. Lots and lots of staging rehearsals! 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: Essential Bar Tools

Hello Vintage-istas!

For this week's Thirsty Thursday installment, instead of looking at a new recipe we are going to look briefly at some of the most important tools with which any well-stocked home bar should be equipped!

If you are just starting out, a bar tools set may be a quick and easy purchase to help bring your bar up to speed. These kits vary slightly, but in general they all likely include a few of the following key instruments:
  • Bar Spoon
  • Hawthorn Strainer
  • Jigger
  • Muddler
  • Bottle Opener
  • Ice Bucket/Tongs
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Above are links to four various vintage accessories and sets found on Etsy. The advantage to purchasing some vintage tools is that not only do they have a lot of character, but often you will find cocktail shakers that come with classic cocktail recipes listed right on the side!

In addition to these tools, there are a few peripheral tools you ought to search for (in addition to the above tools) in order to enhance your accessory holdings. These would include:
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Citrus Zester
  • Paring Knife
The above tools I would all list under "essential." With them, you will be prepared to make an overwhelming majority of cocktail recipes (just add alcohol, of course!) From here, let's look at a few more accessories that might be a good idea (but not necessary) to eventually keep on hand in your home bar:
  • Bartending Guide
  • Bottle Pouring Spouts
  • Toothpicks
  • Stir Sticks
  • Cocktail Straws
  • Cocktail Napkins
  • Small Cutting Board
  • Serving Tray/Drink Caddy
  • Selzter Bottle
Well, that does it for this week's Thirsty Thursday. Next week we'll be back with another cocktail, but keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming post about different types of glassware and which kinds are essential to starting your home bar!

Until next drink,

Jerron J.