Outfitting Your Bar for the Holidays

A great bar is a sure way to kick off any holiday party. Check out our favorite ways to amp up and add a little garnish to your home bar for the holiday season no matter what your style is.

 

Beer

Beer to Try

There are so many incredible beers out there these days. Even if you're not typically a beer drinker, give one of our favorite's a try! 

1. Christmas Ale from Anchor Brewing 

2. Avery's White Rascal is an unfiltered Belgian wheat brewed out of Boulder, CO. 

3. The Dark Truth Stout from Boulevard (here in KC!) 

Beer Flight

Beer flights from Uncommon Goods, Pier 1, and Target

Beer flights from Uncommon Goods, Pier 1, and Target

Target, Uncommon Goods, Pier 1

This seasons coolest bottle openers (gift for your beer lover!?!)

(Clockwise from left to right) Custom bottle opener that can be monogrammed, DIY inspiration, keychain bottle opener, antler bottle opener

(Clockwise from left to right) Custom bottle opener that can be monogrammed, DIY inspiration, keychain bottle opener, antler bottle opener

Custom

DIY! If you're feeling handy and have an old wall-mount bottle opener, you can make your own design! Start with a board of your choosing. Screw in the wall-mount bottle opener towards the top of the board. Beneath that, attach a pipe clamp. (You can get these at Lowe's for around $2.00) You'll need to poke a hole through the clamp but this is easily done with a hammer and a nail. Screw the pipe clamp to the board, attach your mason jar, and wa-lah! 

Antler opener

Bottle Opener Keychain

Local Wine connoisseur's recommendations for your Thanksgiving dinner

We asked local wine connoisseurs, Dawn and Manu Rattan,  owners of Village West Discount Liquor for their recommendations on the best wine to pair with Thanksgiving dinner.  We got great recommendations (we tested them to be sure!) and wanted to pass along their great selections!  Oh yeah...did we mention that Village West offers discounts to teachers, police and fireman, current and retired military, teachers and school employees AND senior citizens!  We hope you'll support Dawn and Manu's liquor store---we sure will!  Enjoy!

"For Thanksgiving  I recommend  a champagne to start the dinner. It cleanses the palette and helps set the atmosphere. For dinner, serve a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir for the main course. Chardonnay pairs well with turkey and lots of rich sides-especially a buttery, oaky one. Pinot Noir is usually universally pleasing and a quality PN will pair with many holiday dishes. Specific brands I recommend are:

Lucia Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 94 points from Robert Parker, 

Meiomi Pinot noir 92 points Wine Spectator, 

Veuve Clicquot Brut, 92 points Wine Spectator

At our store we have a wide variety of wines and champagnes because our family loves to try new wine! Of course we have sweet wine lovers-so I keep a bottle of Moscato on hand for my mom and aunt!  They love it!

Another Interesting wine one to try is Beaujolais Nouveau. It's released around Thanksgiving each year and should be consumed quickly because it doesn't have a long shelf life. Made from the Gamay grape in France, it is released on the 3rd Thursday in November each year."

Which wine glasses to use for what type of wine

Glass shape, size, and material affect the tasting experience—check out the guide below!  

 

Accessories for wine lovers

Woozie! (wine koozie) are an EXCELLENT invention and I ask that you just take my advice and order at least 2 of these.  Sitting by your fire pit this winter---grab that wine koozie!

Wine bags are a perfect hostess gift, here's an adorable one from Kate Spade

Finally, if you love wine (and want to sound like an expert) check out this great article from Food and Wine. 

Spirits

Best Rocks Glasses 

Plaid double old-fashioned glass from Tiffany's

On the ROCK Glasses with Ice Ball Maker from Brookstone

Smoking Dunn

Made from Templeton Rye, Rothman & Winter Orchard cherry, hickory smoked ice, rosemary simple syrup, and lemon juice the Smoking Dunn is a classic with a twist. If you don't feel like making this at home head over to Gram and Dun- it's their signature drink! 

Smoke your own ice!  I didn't need to go far to get instruction on how to make smokey ice for your cocktails.  My husband Jeff, found and curated a great recipe that we use in the Smoking Dunn, Bloody Mary's and Manhattan's.  Here are instructions on how to make smoked ice cubes 

Smoking Dunn

Smoking Dunn

Give it a shot!

Cranberry Jello Shots

Cranberry Jello Shots

This recipe for Cranberry Jello Shots is an adult twist on the old Thanksgiving dish!

Non-Alcoholic Bar

Delicious NA drinks

Martha Stewart's Apple Ginger Sparkler is simple and yummy - check out the recipe here

Make your own ginger beer

Crock pot apple cider is delicious and easy to make. Always a crowd pleaser! For our boozy friends-add some rum!  

 

Cheers! And remember, why limit happy to an hour?