Bar Cart Essentials 

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/ Words by UT, Cover photo via couldihavethat.com / 

Beautifully styled and decked out bar carts have been all the rage the past few seasons. Not only does one add a lot of charm and character to an otherwise traditional space, but it allows you to pull together deliciously badass cocktails at the drop of a hat.

We’ve had this bar cart for a while but have not taken the time to dress it properly. Instead, we’ve simply placed a selection of our liquor on it and keep our fingers crossed we have what our guests request when the time comes to mix drinks.

Mid-Century Bar Cart from West Elm.

Mid-Century Bar Cart from West Elm.

The time has come to stop the madness.

I’ve done a bit of research and think I have a good idea of what we need to have a perfectly outfitted bar cart. Below is a list of things I’m hoping to acquire in the coming weeks so as to have our showpiece ready for Easter/my birthday (with the understanding that we won’t be able to get ALL things listed below as let’s face it, we’re not quite the ballers we’d like to be…yet). I’ll share the completed projected with you in the next couple of weeks but in the meantime, feast your eyes on the puppies below – my sources of inspiration.

Cheers!

Bart Cart Essentials

  1. Bart cart – obvious I know but I’m mentioning this to remind you that you don’t need a traditional ‘bar cart’ to have a bar cart. If you’re short on space, perhaps live in a small condo, consider using a serving tray or tray table.
  2. Shaker and bar tool set – these will allow you to mix and mull creations correctly so the result keeps you/your guests coming back for more.
  3. Selection of liquors – key here to go with quality NOT quantity. A well curate bar cart doesn’t need many bottles of alcohol but the ones you buy should be decent. If you’re not sure what brands/types you like, buy the mini bottles and make a cocktail or two and see what you like best. Your bar cart should include: vodka, whiskey or bourbon, dark and light rum, champagne or prosecco, tequila and a selection of beers.
  4. Mixers – expanding your collection of mixers ups the number of drinks you can make significantly but to start, I’d say the essentials are: bitters, ginger beer, tonic water, club soda, simple syrup, and dry vermouth.
  5. Glassware – as with most things in life presentation is key. Having the right glass for the right drink ups your ante. Consider acquiring: champagne coupes, old-fashioned glasses, martini glasses, wine glasses and highball glasses.
  6. Garnishes – olives, maraschino cherries, sugar cubes, lemons, limes, and ice will finished off your creations nicely.
  7. Accoutrements – napkins, coasters, toothpicks, and a decanter will take your bar cart to the next level.
  8. Flower arrangement – it doesn’t have to fancy or over-the-top but a simple bunch of tulips or few stems of peonies will give this rather masculine feature a feminine touch.
  9. A cocktail app – I like Mixology. Whichever one you decide to go with, input your ingredients and get ready to drink.
  10. Sit back and enjoy!

Bar Cart Inspiration

Via abeautifulmess.com

Via abeautifulmess.com

Via swoonworthy.co.uk

Via swoonworthy.co.uk

Via sfgirlbybay.com

Via sfgirlbybay.com