We are newly returned from our honeymoon, and although leaving paradise was bittersweet, I am so looking forward to our life together at home, in New York City. I love the small rituals, like cooking dinner and savoring a well-made cocktail. As you might recall, a few years ago I gave Doug a classic cocktail class for his birthday, which launched us into the pleasures of making drinks at home. The other part of his gift was that I stocked his home bar for him, with our newfound knowledge to guide me. We had so much fun picking out bar tools at the Brooklyn Kitchen, pleasantly tipsy after sampling cocktails before dinner. (Not to worry, Mom! We went straightaway to dinner after to balance out the delightful drinks.)
On the sage recommendation from one of my dear friends from college (who deserves credit for steering me towards the cocktail class above other alternatives) I also gave Doug How's Your Drink, which we appreciate for both entertainment and reference. Here are the tools that we find indispensable. I will follow up with a separate post detailing how we built our bar, i.e. the spirits and accoutrements we always stock. Hint: it involves a comical amount of whiskey, since we combined our individual supplies.