Friday, April 8, 2011

It's Friday! Pottery Barn and "The Art of the Cocktail"

I just received my Pottery Barn catalog,  it is one of my favorite stores and the cover story was about one of my favorite topics. Can you guess?

" Home Bartender "
" The Art of The Cocktail"

Inside the first three pages......

Host a Cocktail Party

The company offers complimentary Design and Entertaining services. They will visit your home and assist you with planning and designing a room or planning a party, big or small. That could really make a difference to some summer parties this year.

On the inside page of the catalog is an amazing bar set-up, the one that we dream of having one day, it is the Markham Bar.
It has a combination of Hutch, Bar and glass shelves, the type of arrangement you can set up and leave in a section of the house year round.

Markham Console Bar & Hutch

 A double page of
 "Your House Cocktail" included information about choosing the right signature cocktails and tools, from an Ice Scoop to Corkscrew,  all PB products, of course, along with an explanation of what each tool can do to enhance the cocktail experience for you and your guests.

Art Of The Cocktail Link

The link above has an awesome cover page of a selection of cocktails.  I have provided some additional links to some of my other favorites from the catalog and the site,  everything looked  inviting , warm, I ready for summer !

Visit your nearest store
A visit to your local Pottery Barn to view this promotion will be an unforgettable experience. The store presentation including windows herald the "Home Bartender " presentation. Tables in the store are set up and displayed the same as the web. You can also pick up great folded cards with descriptions on how to plan for the "Wine and Cheese" , Fruit de Mer or my favorite, the "Around the World Tasting Party" . They also offer to do in store demonstrations on table set up and presentation! Outstanding!
There is also a folded card offered for Bar Tools guide and preparation.
One other addition, there is a cool presentation of a Lemonade Stand with different containers and decanters used for the ulimate " thirst quencher" . Georgeous!

They provided recipes for 7 cocktails (along with pictures) and you can purchase matching glasses and tumblers. 
For the drink recipes and other party tips visit Pottery and search "bartender".

New Orleans - Sazerac
2 oz rye
¼ oz simple syrup
3–4 dashes peychauds bitters
Absinthe rinse
Stir all ingredients except the absinthe with ice in a
mixing glass. Strain into a chilled absinthe rinsed old
fashioned glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

- Pink Lady
JR: “Perhaps not the defining drink of shotand-
beer-Chi-town, but this is no girly drink as
the name implies. It’s the only cocktail to my
knowledge that originates in Chicago and is still
served in reputable places there.”
1 ½ oz. gin
¾ oz. Applejack
¾ oz lemon juice
½ oz. grenadine
1 egg white
Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and
shake like hell. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

- Rum Runner
JR: “One could argue that the mojito is the most
popular drink of Miami, but that drink comes from
Havana. The Mai Tai originated in Ft. Lauderdale,
but the recipe is so guarded that we would be
kidding ourselves to re-create that recipe. This drink
is from the Holiday Isle Tiki Bar in the Keys, circa
1972. My recipe is an adaptation.”
1 oz. light rum
¾ oz. gold rum
½ oz. blackberry liqueur
½ oz. banana liqueur
1 oz. lime juice
dash of grenadine
¼ oz. (float) dark rum
Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and
shake heavily. Strain into an ice filled hurricane glass or
the like and float the rum. Garnish with an orange slice
and a brandied cherry.

- Last Word
JR: : “Although this drink was invented many years
ago in Detroit, it is Seattle that is responsible for its
resurrection and growth in popularity, specifically
the gents down at the Zig Zag Café by Pike Place
¾ oz. gin
¾ oz. green chartreuse
¾ oz. maraschino liqueur
¾ oz. lime juice
Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker
and shake heavily. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and
garnish with a lime wedge.
Los Angeles
- Moscow Mule
JR: : “This classic cocktail was created in 1941 by
Jack Morgan at the Cock 'N Bull restaurant in Los
1 ½ oz. vodka
¾ oz. lime juice
fill with strong ginger beer
Combine all ingredients with crushed ice in a copper
mug (authentic preparation), and garnish with a lime

San Francisco
- Pisco Punch
JR: : “Created by Duncan Nicol, proprietor of
the Bank Exchange & Billiard Saloon (where the
Transamerica Tower now stands) in the late 19th
2 oz. Encanto Pisco
½ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. lime juice
¾ oz. Small Hands (local company) pineapple gum
¼ oz. still mineral water
Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and
shake like the dickens! Strain into a punch glass of your
choosing and add 1 cube of ice and a lemon twist for

Additional links...

Glascow Entertaining Bar, Rustic Mahogany stain

Time to play the lottery because this outside bar would be such a treat!
Oh dreams of summer
The Potting Shed Bar

Potting Shed Bar, Antique Green finish

For smaller spaces, this is perfect!
The Dexter Tower Bar

Dexter Bar Tower, Weathered Walnut stain

The Delaney Bar Cart- Rattan

The Delaney Bar Cart

Delaney Rattan Bar

Have a fantastic weekend!

JR: “This is the epitome of classic cocktail and the
staple of The Big Easy.”

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