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
-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)
-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.
-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.
-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. -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. 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. 🙂