Entertaining at Home with Bobby Carey
The art of home entertainment has been around for centuries. People have used it as an opportunity to display their homes to friends, blow them away with self-taught culinary & cocktail skills and leave people wanting more. Everybody wants to be the host or hostess with the mostest, that celebrated member of the friendship circle who provides lasting and memorable impressions to their invited guests. Whether you dream of becoming the perfect host; live to entertain or you’re a complete hosting novice, the right set of tools will set you on the path to success.
Our favourite at-home drink to make for friends is the classic Dry Gin Martini (remember James Bond was wrong, stir don’t shake!) First step: keep your gin and martini glasses in the freezer, you want them icy cold! Pour 60ml frosty Widges Dry Gin into a mixing glass, add 15ml chilled Mancino Secco Vermouth (Always keep it in the fridge, it lasts longer), 2 dashes of Scrappy’s Orange Bitters goes in last before a scoop of ice and stir it for 10-15 seconds. Strain into your cocktail glass, pinch a lemon peel over the top to express the oils and give it an added boost of citrus. This is the perfect pre-dinner drink and one that really sets the tone for the evening ahead.
If you want to experiment, go wild. Playing with different styles of gin, proportions of vermouth or types of bitters can make a vastly different drink and help you find the exact variant for you. Add a heavier measure of Dry Vermouth for a wet Martini (sounds confusing we know..) a barspoon or two of olive brine from that jar in the fridge with some olives in the drink for good measure, makes a great Dirty Martini. Remove the Vermouth altogether for a Dry as a bone Martini, but spritz an orange or lime peel over the top to transform the aromatics! Have some champagne or cider vinegar in the cupboard? Add a barspoon to the mix for a tangy mouthfeel and make your guests feel like you’re really flexing that creative streak (or spending too much time watching MasterChef)
With our help, crafting effortless cocktails at home for visitors has never been easier. We deliver the booze, we provide the at home bar trolley, we give you the recipes and you surprise and delight with the custom experience. Our Stirred Cocktails Set matches perfectly with our Cocktail Tool Set to provide you with everything you need to astound your guests with your mixology talents!
So place an order, wait patiently by the door and let us fulfil all your hosting fantasies! Save up to 15% off when you purchase a full Home Bar Trolley Package!
written by Bobby Carrey, Spirit Evangelist Regional Asia