How To Stock And Style Your Bar Cart
Entertaining on the fly? A stylish, well-stocked bar cart is your new best friend when you’re in a pinch for time. Although we’ve recently seen a resurgence in the popularity of this dandy piece of furniture, the bar cart wheeled its way into American living rooms in the 1950’s, when in-home entertaining was at an all time high.
Whether your style is traditional (think sleek gold or wood finishes) or contemporary (lucite or brushed steel), today’s market is no longer limited to specialty design shops—bar carts of all shapes and sizes are available at your favourite retailers, from Ikea to Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel.
STOCK IT: The Essentials
Once you’ve found a cart that strikes your fancy, it’s time to stock it. While it may seem daunting at first, just remember: This fabulous new fixture is going to up your hosting skills tenfold, all while making your life easier. You’ll be the friend who has tipples on the ready, no matter your guests’ tastes. We recommend having one variety of each of the major spirit categories on hand: gin (Hendrick’s is timeless while Dillon’s is a nice local option), vodka (one can never go wrong with Grey Goose) and bourbon (Maker’s Mark is a crowd pleaser amongst even the most discerning of whisky connoisseurs). From there, you can build out your collection of bitters, mixers like dry vermouth, and liqueurs like St-Germain.
Now that the boozy potions are in place, let’s talk essential tools and glassware. A good Boston shaker, strainer, corkscrew, and bottle opener are the must-haves for a perfectly mixed cocktail. Ready to pour? A selection of high balls, coupes, and old fashion glasses should do the trick.
STYLE IT: The Finishing Touches
Beauty is in the details, so have fun with adding touches of your personality through accessories. Paper straws in brightly hued stripes and dots, graphic printed cocktail napkins, and tiki drink umbrellas pack serious punch and won’t hog much real estate from your cart.
Voila! Cheers to you, soon-to-be Hostess with the Mostess.
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