Garron Gore from Smokebelly BBQ is here to give his advice on how to stock your bar for your summer bash.
A: The bar creates a gathering point for people to chat, and let’s face it, once the libations are flowing, people open up and have more fun.
Q: What’s special about summer drinks?
A: Summer drinks are made to be light, refreshing and easily accessible. Keep them ice cold, use fresh citrus and keep them coming.
Q: What are some fun summer party themes?
A: Punches! Almost any cocktail can become a punch. Stick with the classics, using great ingredients, freshly squeezed juice and good quality ice. Plus, you can batch cocktails in advance, giving you more time to mingle with your guests.
Q: What are some tips to keep a party’s drink budget manageable?
A: Keep it simple. Get your core liquor categories down and have fun with small batched of other ingredients such as Aperol, Chartreuse and a good quality vermouth.
Q: If someone could pick only one drink for a party right now, what would you recommend?
A: There is nothing better in the middle of summer than a properly made Last Word. It’s tart and full of citrus, with an underlying herbal quality. Mix 3/4 oz. gin, 3/4 oz. lime juice, 3/4 oz. maraschino cherry liquor and 3/4 oz. Green Chartreuse. Shake, strain and serve.