Bar carts are great if you have limited space or don't have a built-in bar area in your home. They come in different sizes, shapes, and number of shelves, but, before you run out and get one, there's a few things you need to know about setting up your cart. Your cart is a representation or miniature bar condensed onto a cart. But don't fret, I'm here to help you style your bar cart just in time for that holiday get-together.
First, you need to stock your bar with the basics:
Liquors - vodka, gin, rum, tequila, what ever you favor. I love wine, so I added a bottle of each but you can choose either one or none. A few garnishes with fancy looking glassware and your cart is half way setup. Now, let's take a closer look at the picture below and each of the items.
Adding the above essentials is a great start. The above cart includes:
- Water pitcher
- Seltzer water
- Ice bucket
- Cocktail shaker
- Decorative napkin
- Decorative cocktail straws
- Different size glasses
- Garnishes (lime/lemon, cherries, olives)
- Bottle of wine (always)
- Flowers and printed art
Add a few mixers - triple sec, small cans of pineapple concentrate, or whatever else you need to chase your liquors with.
Fresh garnishes are best, now I'm not a big fan of olives but some people are, but definitely have some lime and/or lemons and cocktail cherries on hand.
Glasses - six to eight will do fine. Your basic glasses:
- Short glasses
- Tall glasses
- Coupes (great for martinis and sparkling wines)
- Wine glasses (normally there's a difference between red and white wine glasses, so choose a glass that you would be comfortable with for both.
Bar tools - shakers and one of those bottle/screw opener is all you need.
Now comes the styling part:
A nice cocktail tray, stylish cocktail napkins, paper straws, and coasters. Add special touches with fresh flowers and/or framed prints, like the one above I found on Etsy.