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    Toastworthy Bars For a Night In

    Raise a glass to … 2020? Saving money by not eating out so much? Making it to July? Are we getting warmer? It’s been a heck of a year. Most of us have been staying in more, going out less and trying to find new ways to occupy our time. (If you’ve watched everything Netflix has to offer, you’re not alone.)

    One of the features we’ve found that doesn’t get enough love in our listings and one that might be of particular interest to all the newfound homebodies is the in-home bar. That could be anything from a simple serving area incorporated into beverage storage to a modified butler’s pantry to a more elaborate set-up with a TV, pool table or even the Gulf of Mexico as a focal point.

    Take a look at these … for design inspiration or for picking your next property where you might pour a drink. And, stay tuned below for a Southern-inspired batch cocktail recipe and one that’s sure to bring the heat.

    A bar incorporated into the living area makes it simple to go from cocktail to couch.
    Just passing through? This bar area features plenty of storage, with room to pour a glass of your favorite.
    This home boasts not one, but two bar areas. This one gives you a drink with a view.
    Speaking of views … it doesn’t get much better than this outdoor bar. Drinks are always better with a dose of sun.
    We like this bar for its dedicated seating so you can serve and chat at the same time.
    It may be small, but it’s mighty! This bar’s simple design in magazine-worthy.
    A pop of color makes this bar both eye-catching and functional.
    A bar in the literal sense of the word, this one offers the best seat in the house for watching a movie or the big game.
    You’ll never run out of things to do with a bar adjacent to pool and foosball tables.
    This dedicated bar space is accented by a striking mirror and subtle patterned wallpaper.
    Alright, this one isn’t a bar, but maybe you’re more concerned about storage than seating. This one has room for 238 bottles of your favorite vino.
    Entertaining more than just yourself this summer? One of these batch cocktail recipes will be sure to please.

    Southern Peach Tea Bourbon Slush

    Ingredients:

    Two tea bags of choice (peach would be best for this recipe, but regular tea is OK, too)
    Peaches
    Sweetener, if desired
    Bourbon

    Directions:

    Make tea by steeping tea bags of choice in boiling water for 5-7 minutes. Add sweetener, stir and allow to cool. Chop up several peaches into bite-sized chunks and add to tea, along with bourbon. Add all to a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a container and freeze until desired, slush consistency. Recipe could be modified to use other types of fruit such as blackberries or mangoes, based on your taste preferences.

    Jalapeño Cucumber Margaritas

    Ingredients:

    Jalapeño
    Cucumber
    Tequila
    Lime Juice
    Orange liqueur

    Directions:

    Add one chopped jalapeño to 10-12 oz. of tequila and allow it to infuse up to an hour (or longer if you prefer more heat). Blend cucumber in blender or food processor, extracting pulp and reserving liquid. Add ice to a large pitcher. Combine juice from cucumbers, orange liqueur, lime juice and tequila and mix well. Garnish glasses with lime and a chili-sea salt dipped rim.

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