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Granted, many of us could do without the thin layer of yellow dust that is settling nicely on our outdoor living spaces, but this too will pass and we will soon have the gorgeous weather to enjoy for months to come. In addition to breaking out your favorite patio furniture, outdoor games, and favorite foods, it is time to break out your favorite beverages and ring in spring. Furniture Source International has the best places for you to rest and put your feet up with our patio chairs, loungers, tables, and more, but we also know you would be so much more comfortable with a cool drink in hand, be it with spirits or just in the spirit of relaxation.

Bar Necessities

Whether you use a rolling beverage cart, a proper bar top or you have converted your favorite piece from our showroom floor into a bar, being well stocked ahead of time is crucial to enjoying happy hour. While beverage ingredients are certainly part of that, so is everything else that goes into making a drink for your favorite guests. Ice buckets, serving tongs, stirring sticks, shakers, and glasses are crucial whether you are enjoying an adult beverage or having lemonade and soft drinks to cool off between activities. You may consider some brightly colored napkins to compliment the colors of your patio or dining area, even cloth napkins lend a nice touch to outdoor entertaining and are easy to wash at the end of the day. A tray, whether single or tiered provides a place to display additional items and can keep everything anchored together. Don’t forget to decorate this space too, display your favorite bottle from your last trip abroad and some fresh flowers to share with guests or enjoy on your own.

Beverages and Snacks

Having a few choices is always a good idea for your bar area, even if you don’t want to go overboard. Any bottles you want to store may be better suited for the bottom shelf if you are using a rolling cart to help keep everything balanced. If you have little hands at home, consider a piece that has doors to keep glass out of the way. If you aren’t planning for a full meal with guests or only want to have a few bites yourself, keep a few nice jars of tapenade, olives, and relishes on hand with some flavored crackers. These can easily dress up appetizers to make them even more special.

Go to Recipes

Every bar needs a few signature drinks, and you may enjoy practicing these. For a few ideas using our favorite tequila, Puro Verde Spirits, you can visit our website, www.puroverdespirits.com for custom mixologist crafted cocktail recipes you can do at home. Some of our favorite non-alcoholic mixers use a sparkling water base, lemon and some fresh garden herbs and vegetables muddled in, such as mint, basil, cucumber and jalapeño.

To stock your bar or to outfit your patio, Furniture Source International has what you need. We love to see the ways our friends and family take what we have and turn into their own by putting items together in their space. Come see us, today.