fridays with oscar | cocktail hour

how to set up a bar

if it’s friday then it’s time to unwind and relax. of course, our favorite german shepherd will be on hand to usher in the weekend. and if you’re like me, you’ll be waiting for the cocktail hour to arrive. then again, it’s five o’clock somewhere in the world. that saying was a favorite of my mother whose drink du jour was a vodka tonic. not the most exciting cocktail in the world but she knew what she liked, and that was that. for me, there are so many cocktails to concoct and so little time. this summer, my go-to is a jalapeno margarita.

recently, mr. style and i were bumming around Barnes & Noble. it’s a favorite excursion of ours that started years ago when our kiddos were small. an afternoon or evening is dedicated to roaming up and down the aisles checking out the latest books fresh from the press then inhaling the ink. there is something special about the printed word. a coffee break is always factored into the agenda and mr. style likes to sneak in a dessert or two…

how to set up a bar

on our last outing to the bookstore, i picked up The New Cocktail Hourit’s a fun little book written by a brother and sister that claim, “they’re not bartenders – they’re lushes.” there’s loads of information packed inside this book about the cocktail hour, recipes, quotes, facts and tips on how to pair your cocktail with food. there’s even a section on how Ernest Hemingway set up his bar.

how to set up a bar

many of you know i’ve slowly been putting our living room together that includes a bar. it’s really just a bookcase converted into a cocktail hub. but it’s a bar nonetheless. the knobs and handles were replaced, and a mirror was added. minor details that make a big impact. there’s loads of shelf space for glasses and bar accessories. recently we purchased a new cocktail shaker and bar tools from Pottery Barn to match the new knobs. isn’t it dangerous when you make one tiny design change? all of a sudden the entire house needs to be updated… so i splurged on a new set of santino glasses. thank goodness our martini glasses are up to snuff and the margarita glasses too. let’s not forget the irish coffee mugs. after all, i’m half irish. and of course, every bar needs a set of beer glasses just in case pizza is on the dinner menu.

how to set up a bar

here’s the bar reveal. stay tuned for the living room reveal. there are still a few pieces to the puzzle that remain like flooring – tile or carpet? the light fixtures are waiting to be installed. but we finally have furniture. hip, hip, hooray!

how to set up a bar

how to set up a bar

a cocktail recipe from The New Cocktail Hour.

Tequila Sunrise
Serves 1
Serve up dry-rubbed pork or spicy shrimp.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 1 1/2 ounce blanco tequila
  2. 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  3. 3 ounces soda water
  4. 1/2 ounce crème de cassis
  5. Lime wheel, for garnish
  1. Shake tequila and lime juice with ice, then strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Add soda water, leaving an inch or so of room at the top of the glass. Top with crème de cassis, and garnish with a lime wheel on the side of the glass.
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how to set up a bar

how to set up a bar

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how to set up a bar

how to set up a bar

how to set up a bar

as you can see the djalali family takes friday seriously. there’s lot’s of loafing around while we patiently wait for the cocktail hour to commence. okay, ollie and oscar get treats and i’ll be slurping down a tasty tequila sunrise. on that happy note, oscar, ollie, and i wish each of you a very lovely weekend.

  • Sophia Britner Montgomery
    July 6, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Like the idea of adding a cocktail recipe! I want to try a sidecar but prefer to wear a cloche hat and opera pearls when I do!

    • beth djalali
      July 7, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      you’re in luck, i have both! xo

  • Rebecca Saffer
    July 6, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    What a fun post! I love how you have elevated the cocktail hour to its proper delightful place in life. A few years ago I saw a wonderful museum exhibit on the Cocktail Hour at the Norton Museum in Palm Beach Florida. There is a fabulous book on the exhibit and in fact I was looking at it yesterday. You would love it.

    • beth djalali
      July 7, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      that exhibit sounds delightful! i’ll definitely be on the lookout for the book. thanks for sharing!

  • Sue Smith
    July 6, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Save some Baileys for me! Oscar and Ollie look like they’re in party mode. Happy Friday!

    • beth djalali
      July 7, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      come on over, sue! have a great weekend. xo

  • Mary Terrass
    July 6, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    I had my first tequila sunrise at the Airliner in Iowa City. Thanks for taking me down memory lane, Beth!

    • beth djalali
      July 7, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      i have fond memories of the Airliner. I’m a Hawkeye as was my father before me.

  • Denise Anderson
    July 6, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Ooh, I want to share one of my fav cocktails with you – it’s based on a Canadian product, but so refined and unusual:
    Maple Martini
    30 ml (1 oz.) maple liqueur (like Sortilège or Grand Esprit)
    30 ml (1 oz.) Irish cream
    30 ml (1 oz.) milk
    Ice cubes
    Cocoa powder
    Combine all ingredients except cocoa powder in a shaker filled with ice.
    Shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds.
    Strain over a martini glass using an ice strainer.
    Garnish with cocoa powder
    Courtesy the SAQ (Sociètè des alcools de Quèbec)

    • beth djalali
      July 7, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      this sounds delicious! thanks for sharing. xo

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