Top 3 Easy Breezy Summer Sippers (And Some Bar Prep Faucets Too!)
What comes to your mind when you think of summer? When I think about summer, I think of family get-togethers, barbecues, fruity cocktails, bar prep faucets, and Jimmy Buffet, but that’s just me. Why do I think about bar prep faucets, you ask? It’s true, bar prep faucets tend to do more prepping than bar-tending these days, but the best parties I’ve ever been to always seem to have one of these little guys out in the backyard installed in the outdoor countertop right next to the grill.
Everyone is all together, enjoying good food and drinks all in one place. That’s the magic of having a secondary bar prep faucet; it keeps people closer so that the conversation and festivities can go on without any hiccups (you can save the hiccups for later). I can’t imagine a successful BBQ without a bar prep faucet, but I have a case of incredibly high standards.
In all honesty, bar prep faucets don’t have that much to do with cocktails, but when has that ever stopped anyone from enjoying a mixed drink? So without further ado, here are three tipsy tasters and their perfect bar prep faucet pairings!
I have fond memories of Portland Summers on the waterfront with a moscow mule in hand, so for me, this is the pinnacle of summer drinks. If the sun hasn’t woken you up quite yet, then this cocktail’s crisp citrus fragrance crossed with a kick from the vodka that’s not quite as strong as a horse, but stronger than a donkey, definitely will.
2 oz Vodka (Or 4 0z! Or 6!)
2 oz Lime juice (Fresh lime makes a difference!)
8 oz Ginger Beer (Ginger Ale works too, but your friends won’t be as impressed!)
- Combine vodka and ginger beer in a brass mug filled with ice. (Traditionally, a moscow mule’s mug is copper, but our bar prep faucets don’t come in copper, so I guess it’s time to innovate.)
- Add lime juice. Freshly squeezed if you can.
- Stir gently.
- Garnish. This is where you can get creative; most fruits and herbs will complement your already irresistible libation quite nicely. Try adding some basil, sliced lime, or even raspberries!
What faucet could hope to match a drink of such happily bubbling effervescence?
Silver Sage Collection, 4-Inch Centerset Bar Faucet in Polished Brass (KS2492ZL)
- Heavy Duty Brass Construction
- 1.5 GPM/5.7 LPM Spout Flow Rate At 60 PSI
- 1/4 Turn Ceramic Cartridge
- Matching Accessories Available
- Standard 1/2″ IPS Connection
This bar prep faucet’s liquescent curves and golden gleam give an impression of flowing ambrosia. Wash your hands while sipping that moscow mule of yours for a little glimpse of paradise.
The moscow mule may be my go-to for the summertime, but something would be amiss without some sangria for everyone to share. Pulling a summer gathering together with a beautiful pitcher of sangria is an excellent way of broadcasting that you are not only cultured and mature but also fun!
2 bottles of Red wine
1 cup of sugar
2 cups hot water
1 sliced apple
Sparkling flavored soda (Fresca is always a safe bet.)
- Dissolve the sugar in hot water and cool.
- Peel the citrus fruits and break into wedges.
- Mix the wine, sugar syrup, fruit, and sparkling flavored soda in a pitcher and put in the fridge for a few hours.
- Serve in tall glasses with a straw.
A drink as smile-inducing as sangria deserves a faucet to match.
Kaiser Collection, Bar Faucet in Polished Chrome (KB8491DKL)
- Includes black neoprene inserts on hot and cold lever handles
- Features a 1/4-turn washerless cartridge
- Deck mount 2-hole installation
- Easy to clean
- Coordinates with other Kaiser collection products
A familiar, yet exotic faucet that accomplishes fun without sacrificing function. Using this sinks dainty handle will leave you feeling as fancy-free as an empty glass of that sangria.
Lone Tree Cooler
Sangria is a drink for sharing; the lone tree cooler is not. The lone tree cooler is so refreshing that you will have drank it before anyone even has a chance to ask for a sip. If you do manage to make some for your guests, the conversation will most likely be reduced to long pauses interspersed with short quips like “This is the life.”, “What a gorgeous day.” and “I should buy a boat.”
Juice of 1/4 lemon
Juice of 1 orange
1/3 oz French vermouth
2/3 oz dry gin
- Stir powdered sugar and 2 oz. carbonated water in a collins glass.
- Fill glass with ice, add gin and vermouth, Orange juice, lemon juice, and stir.
- Fill with carbonated water and stir again.
- Add the twist of lemon peel and the orange spiral so that the ends dangle over the rim of the glass.
But is there a faucet that can match the coolness of a lone tree cooler? Why, yes there is.
Duchess Collection, 4-Inch Centerset Bar Faucet in Brushed Nickel (KB1498PKX)
- High-Quality Brass Construction
- Durable Washerless Cartridge
- Deck Mount 4″ Centerset 3-Hole Installation
- 1.5 GPM/5.7 LPM Spout Flow Rate at 60 PSI
- Standard 1/2″ IPS Connection
- 6″ Spout Clearance
- 4-3/4″ Spout Reach
- Cross Handles for Easy Rotation
- Corrosion-Resistant Finish
- Designed for Long-Lasting Durability
This faucets cross-shaped handles are reminiscent of tiny umbrellas perfect for keeping you cool…! Alright, this last comparison is a stretch, but if you’ve read this far and still feel bothered by the fact that I’m comparing Faucets to cocktails, then you should probably find a lawn chair and just have that drink already.