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Three Tips to Style Your Bar + Summer Cocktail Recipe

You get a two for one on today’s post! A few bar styling tips and a great spring/summer cocktail recipe. Enjoy!

1. Focus on height: Along with tall bottles, find other decorative objects such as candlesticks, frames, an ice bucket, etc. that will add height to your bar. They look much more glamorous and well-stocked with added height.

2. Bars aren’t just for booze: Studio apartments obviously have limited kitchen storage, so I use my bar as an added place for most of my glassware. With a couple trays and some organization, it can look completely intentional and stylish instead of looking like you just ran out of cabinet space. Pair similar glasses together for a uniform look. Lastly, having anything, but especially glassware, on a tray adds an instant touch of style.

3.Hoard beautiful bottles: One of my favorite budget-friendly tricks is to save the nice, expensive, beautiful bottles and refill with a less expensive alternative. I love my expensive bourbon and gin, but I don’t always have the budget to buy top shelf every time. But the nicer bottles do look far better sitting out than the cheap ones. 🙂


Recipe: Basil and Gin Cocktail

Note: This makes two cocktails but could easily be halved, doubled, etc. 


-5-10 Fresh basil leaves (as far as I’m concerned, the more basil, the better, but depends on your personal preference)
-1.5 oz (1 shot glass worth) of St. Germain
-3 oz. (2 shot glasses) of Gin (I love Hendrick’s, but you can use whatever you prefer)
-1-2 oz. of Club Soda
-1 oz. Lime juice (if you’re really adventurous, feel free to juice your own lemons and limes for this, but I usually just use the grocery store bottles)
-1 oz. Lemon juice
-Glass of Ice
-Martini Shaker
-Rocks Glasses

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-Muddle the basil leaves in the bottom of your martini shaker until they break down and start to produce moisture (and look a bit like this)

2015-04-26 14.40.42 2015-04-26 14.41.51 -Add  1 oz. lime juice, 1 oz. lemon juice, 1.5 oz. St. Germain, 3 oz. gin and one cup of ice to your martini shaker. Shake until it’s cold to the touch.2015-04-26 14.43.16 2015-04-26 14.44.552015-04-26 14.46.30

-Open shaker after it’s cold to the touch and add 1-2 oz. of club soda (depending on how strong you want your drinks) and gently stir around with a spoon. You don’t want to add the club soda during the intense shaking portion because it’s carbonated and will not end well. 2015-04-26 14.46.07

-Add the top back onto the shaker and pour into rocks glasses. You’ll see a few flecks of basil in your glass that make it through the strainer. 2015-04-26 14.48.25   -Add a fresh basil leaf for garnish and enjoy! It’s a perfect warm weather cocktail and is light and fresh-tasting but delicious and strong as well. 2015-04-26 14.50.04-1   I’d love to hear if you tried out the recipe! Also, let me know in the comments if this is something you’d like to see more of on Studio Style Blog! A bit of design + cocktail recipe combo. I’m a much better bartender than I am a chef, I must admit. 🙂 2015-04-26 14.53.24

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