Cheers!

We're not a very religious family.  Instead of sitting down for a prayer before dinner we toast "Cheers!" to each other.  Asher will quickly remind us if we've forgotten to do it or if you didn't take a sip of your drink.  What can I say, we enjoy a good glass of wine or a cocktail after a long day.  So to honor a good cocktail I'm sharing some of my favorite bars.  But, bars that you can enjoy from your own home.  

You obviously don't need a ton of space to have a bar that has all the necessities.  Let's be honest, the bare basics, alcohol, a glass, and a koozie from a friend's long ago wedding.  But if you want something a little more than the basics, keep reading.  

If you have a small nook or a closet that you can convert to a bar and make special, I promise the drinks will taste that much better!  It's kinda like when you were a kid and your friend's pb&j tasted so much better.  

 malachite tiles accent the different bottles and colors

malachite tiles accent the different bottles and colors

 if you can fit a wine fridge, even better! via  bob vila

if you can fit a wine fridge, even better! via bob vila

 what a bright, feminine  bar

what a bright, feminine bar

 I love the integrated stone sink. via  One Kings lane

I love the integrated stone sink. via One Kings lane

 have an old armoire?  turn it into a bar.  talk about a conversation piece

have an old armoire?  turn it into a bar.  talk about a conversation piece

 I think mirrors just fit perfectly in a  bar . they reflect the crystal and bottles beautifully.  and they help you see if your lipstick is smeared

I think mirrors just fit perfectly in a bar. they reflect the crystal and bottles beautifully.  and they help you see if your lipstick is smeared

If you can find a small nook, that would be the perfect place to put a bar cart.  They are petite, and lots of them have wheels on them so you can move them easily.  What's better than the booze coming to you?!

 If you watch  flipping out  on bravo you know jeff and his employees love a good cocktail at 5:00. so of course he would have a beautiful bar cart.  but you have to know how to make the perect martini if you're going to work for Jeff Lewis.

If you watch flipping out on bravo you know jeff and his employees love a good cocktail at 5:00. so of course he would have a beautiful bar cart.  but you have to know how to make the perect martini if you're going to work for Jeff Lewis.

 i love that they selected an acrylic bar cart so you can still see the beautiful wallpaper and all the bar accoutrements, via  lonny

i love that they selected an acrylic bar cart so you can still see the beautiful wallpaper and all the bar accoutrements, via lonny

 via   The Kitchn
 who says you even need a piece of furniture for a bar, just grab a pretty tray

who says you even need a piece of furniture for a bar, just grab a pretty tray

 don't forget the flowers!

don't forget the flowers!

 it's a mini campaign tray table bar!  love

it's a mini campaign tray table bar!  love

 every bachelor needs a bar in their pad, via  Refinery29

every bachelor needs a bar in their pad, via Refinery29

 via  my domaine  
 the southern woman's bar......a silver tray

the southern woman's bar......a silver tray

Brad makes a hell of a Bloody Mary.  I used to not like any Bloody Mary, but something with my pregnancies, my taste buds change so much afterwards.  I now love a good Bloody Mary, but nothing can beat Brad's.  Who doesn't love a good brunch drink?  So keep this in mind on Saturday and Sunday.

Brad's Bloody Mary

1/2 Zing Zang

1/2 Clamato

Touch of Worcestershire

Salt and Pepper

Texas Pete

Touch of Horseradish

Celery Seed (optional)

Shot and a half of vodka

*Shake well and pour over ice.  And don't forget your condiments, celery, pickle, olive, mini burger, whatever.  

 

Sangria (A version of Bobby Flay's)

2 bottles Red Spanish Table Wine

1 cup Blueberry Brandy

1/2 cup Triple Sec

1 cup Pomegranate Juice

1/2 cup simple syrup

-Mix all ingredients together

-Add chopped apples, oranges, and frozen blueberries

-Let stand in tightly sealed container for at least 24 hours in refrigerator

-Freeze Orange Juice in ice cube trays

-About 20 minutes before party put orange juice cubes in pitcher with sangria

 

Lindsey and Tucker's Special / Easy Cocktail

Chambord and Sprite (on ice)

Yep, it's that easy.  This is a special drink one of my closest sorority sisters and I love to drink together.  Try it ladies, it's a delicious mix of black raspberry liqueur with some bubbles.  

I also LOVE LOVE Verve Cliquot champagne.  Brad surprised me with a bottle on the night I Iaunched The Berkshire House.  I swore I would never post a non makeup photo or video, but here I am doing it.  I promise, normally I'm better with opening champagne than this video shows.  

Thanks for reading!  

PS: It's almost the weekend, you should try out a new cocktail.  I'm sure Jimmy Buffett would approve.

Tucker