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How to Read the Best Cocktail Books of 2020

How to Read the Best Cocktail Books of 2020

As we come to the end of 2020, it is fabulous to see so many of my past Lush Life Podcast guests with books on this list of the Best Cocktail Books of 2020. If you are looking for yourself or the cocktail lover in…

How to Choose the Perfect Home Bar Tools

How to Choose the Perfect Home Bar Tools

The answer is yes. You can make cocktails without all the fancy home bar tools that a proper bartender uses, but it’s just not as much fun and slightly less easy. These bartending tools have been perfected over centuries, just so your Negroni is spot…

How to Stock Your Home Bar

How to Stock Your Home Bar

One of the benefits of stocking your home bar is that you get to pick everything that’s on the shelf. Every ingredient from glass to garnish is your choice! There is no end to the thrills you feel as you strain that first cocktail you’ve…

How to Find Easy Gin Making Kits

How to Find Easy Gin Making Kits

The Martini, Gin and Tonic, Gin Fizz, Tom Collins are the most popular gin-based cocktails the world over. When making one of these gin cocktails at home, the question is what gin to use.  Wouldn’t it be fun if you could use your own gin? …

How to Understand Bartending Terminology

How to Understand Bartending Terminology

Watching bartender videos online can flummox any beginner home bartender. The jargon used is like a second language – building and floating, muddling and hard shaking. You’re lost before you’ve even begun! If you have yet to set up your home bar, thinking about one,…

How to Choose Glassware for Your Home Bar

How to Choose Glassware for Your Home Bar

I always loved a martini glass – the shape, the hold, the feel, the sexiness of it.  For every celebration I attended, my present of choice was two Tiffany martini glasses. When I was looking for bar glassware for my very new home bar, I…

How to Set Up a Home Bar

How to Set Up a Home Bar

Sometimes you just need a drink. But after watching the wizards behind the stick at your local drinking establishment, how could you even compete? A Negroni is not just a Negroni.  Still, trying your hand at making a few cocktails and setting up your home…

Cocktail Measurements: Imperial vs Metric

Cocktail Measurements: Imperial vs Metric

I get so confused when a recipe says mls and I only have a teaspoon! It’s rare that a cocktail book prints in both mls and ounces, so I have set down them, as well as I can, in this table of Cocktail Measurements: Imperial…

National Drinks Days 2020

National Drinks Days 2020

Everyday of the year is one of the National Drinks Days as far as I’m concerned but here is a list of the more established ones. (A few weeks, eves, and months are mixed in as well!)  Thanks to Drink Days for putting this together!…

How to choose a cocktail shaker set

How to choose a cocktail shaker set

Everyone’s favorite piece of barware has to be the cocktail shaker set, synonymous with bartending, cocktails and class. If you’re just starting to collect home barware, the cocktail shaker set is always your first purchase, after the alcohol! Which one should you pick? What is…