Whether you’re in a relationship, dating casually, or just hooking up every now and then, you’re obviously going to want to bring women back to your place after a date. No matter what your romantic situation is, the women in your life should feel comfortable from the moment they enter your front door to the moment they exit it. There’s plenty of advice I could give on what you should have in your home when you plan on entertaining a woman, but today we’re focused on alcohol.
Even if you’re not much of a drinker yourself, you should have some of these things in your home in case your date wants to relax with a beverage.
Plenty of guys I know aren’t fans of wine and/or don’t know much about it. When you enter a liquor store’s wine section, it can be overwhelming, to say the least. What the hell is a Shiraz and how is it any different from a merlot? They’re both red. What do the number ratings even mean?
If you really want to educate yourself, use that fancy smartphone of yours and check out some wine blogs or review websites. The world of vino is actually extremely interesting and when I started to learn more about it, I found myself enjoying wine a lot more. But you may have a date coming over in a couple of hours and can’t go down an Internet rabbit hole.
If you’re in a rush to grab some wine, keep this in mind: buy a bottle of red and a bottle of white. You should have one of each at your place. Your lady friend should have choices when she comes over. I like to stick to the basics of each color; I’ll usually get a merlot (red) as well as a chardonnay (white).
I bet you’re thinking about price tags, right? Don’t worry. You don’t have to empty your bank account to get a couple of good wines for your evening. Generally, I stay away from the cheap stuff. And I mean CHEAP. If it’s under $9, I’m not touching it. Anywhere between the $10 and $20 range is where you’ll find some surprisingly delicious bottles. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Bogle Merlot 2015 ($13)
- Coppola Diamond Merlot ($15)
- Clot du Bois North Coast Merlot ($16)
- Kendall Jackson Vitner’s Reserve Chardonnay ($12)
- Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay ($14)
- Kung Fu Girl Riesling ($11)
I’m talking good ol’ Kentucky bourbon here, folks. With the recent influx of mixology bars and craft cocktails, our generation has developed a love of quality bourbon whiskey. Gone are the college days of mixing Evan Williams or Jim Beam with whatever you can find. Now, it’s all about sipping on a nice, smooth glass, perhaps with an ice cube or two.
Unlike wine, the bourbon section of your liquor store will be a bit more manageable, but there are still good and bad choices. Now, as a self-proclaimed connoisseur of the liquor, I like to keep a wide selection at my house. However, if you just want a single bottle, here’s what I recommend:
- Woodford Reserve ($26-32)
- Knob Creek ($30-35)
- Maker’s Mark 46 ($39-45)
- Eagle Rare 10 Year ($41-48)
It seems like vodka has fallen off in terms of popularity in recent times. However, it’s a fantastic option to have on hand, considering it seems to go with almost everything. Vodka cranberry? Easy. Vodka martini? Classy. Vodka soda? Low calorie and delicious.
It’s not hard to pick a decent vodka but please, if you want an enjoyable night with your date, don’t stock your house with the cheap stuff. It tastes bad in everything. Work with one of these options and you should have a night to remember:
- Tito’s ($20)
- Ciroc ($25)
- Reyka ($25)
- Absolut Elyx ($30)
I love beer, but it’s never been my first choice to drink when I’m entertaining someone at my abode. Especially if you’re dealing with craft beers, they can make you feel full or bloated, and that’s an uncomfortable feeling to have no matter what situation you’re in. That being said, you should still have something tasty and light on hand in case your date is in the mood.
Stay away from the really cheap stuff. You know, the Millers, Budweisers, and especially the Keystones. Instead, pick a lighter craft beer, possibly something with some kind of fruit flavor involved. You can find some fantastic beers featuring raspberry, passionfruit, or pineapple. I can’t readily recommend them since the craft scene is so regional these days, but here are a couple beers you can find anywhere:
- Modelo Especial ($10 per 6-pack)
- New Belgium Citradel ($10 per 6-pack)
- Anchor Steam Beer ($10 per 6-pack)
- Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin ($15 per 6-pack)
I hope this article helps you when it comes to stocking your home with date-friendly alcohol options. Obviously, there’s so much more out there, but I stick with these four categories and they’ve never done me wrong.