Lush Life

To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Feb 28, 2011

The Lush Chef's Home Bar

Since I've moved into my new apartment, I've been entertaining a lot more, and of course that means having a fully stocked bar to satisfy everyone's tastes, as well all these new recipes I'll be trying out!

Besides at least 2 bottles of red and white wine, and some beer, here's what every lush chef should have in their home bar to be prepared for impromptu dinner parties and recipe whims:

The Basics -
  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Whiskey, Bourbon & Scotch
  • Brandy
  • Rum (white and dark)
  • Tequila and/or Mezcal
Flavored Liqueurs & Bitters -
  • Sweet & Dry Vermouth
  • Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Peychaud's Bitters - a little harder to find, but this has more of a licorice flavor
Lush Chef Favorites:
  • Bailey's Irish Cream
  • Campari
  • St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
Mixers & Garnishes:
  • Soda & Tonic Water
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Large Green Olives
  • Lemons, Limes & Oranges
  • Juices
  • Herbs - I have mint and basil in my little herb garden, so I'm always prepared
  • Jigger - using one of these does not make you a bad bartender. In fact, all the good ones I've seen use these for consistent, quality cocktails.
  • Cocktail Stirrer
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Glasses - wine, champagne, martini, pilsner & highballs