photo by Jared Smith, recipe here
Hey, hey, hey! Lee here, and it’s time to chat about a quintessential element for any one who loves to entertain (hello, upcoming holidays!). The bar cart basics!
I love having people over and entertaining friends and family so as we planned our dining room reno I knew this was a non-negotiable item. But once I started assessing everything we need I found it a bit overwhelming. After some research and discoveries I decided to keep it simple and break it down to the basics. Of course each one has a fun little twist.
So here’s a few recommendations for anyone creating a bar cart at home or looking to revamp their current one!…
- A bottle opener is a pretty safe place to start. I love this sculptural take on it and this wine opener would pair perfectly.
- I’m not convinced that you need wine glasses and cocktail glasses since a pretty set of tinted glass wear can cover both bases.
- Go for something pretty and infused with these infusible ice spheres, or save yourself some room on the cart and skip the large ice bucket, I LOVE these stainless steel ice cubes that keep your drink cold without diluting it.
- People love to convene around the bar at parties but there’s always the question of, ‘What should I drink?’ Provide a little inspiration with these super fun, minimalist takes on classic cocktail recipes.
- Then of course you’ll need to have a fabulous shaker/strainer on hand to make said drinks!
- I love to add a little colour to the scene with some freshly sliced citrus fruits in a cute tumbler I like to change it up grapefruit slices instead sometimes for a pop of peachy pink and a slightly more subtle flavour.
- Take your bar tending to the next level with stellar drink recipes from resources like The Boozy Blender, Shake and The Cocktail Club. Be sure to check out the series ‘Sips for Summer’ on Sugar & Cloth too!
- Straws are a must but how cool are these metallic gold ones?! Or you can opt for this stainless steel version that’s easy to wash in the dishwasher and way more environmentally friendly than their plastic counterparts. Plus they just look so awesome!
- There are TONS of wine decanting options out there but I loved the super simple yet unique design of this white carafe with a sleek wooden stopper.
- Obviously a pretty key element in all of this is the actual bar cart! I steered more towards the traditional side with these brass options. Left, middle, right.
Now, it comes down to the whole point of this bar cart situation, the booze!! An assortment of options is key, so your guests can concoct whatever they wish. A good baseline is: Gin, Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Bourbon, Rye Whiskey, Vermouth and Campari. Then you’ll want to have some sodas, simple syrup and any other mixers on hand like cranberry juice and tomato juice.
With that, some good vibes and a handful of great friends you should be all set to party! So what do you say? You know it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
Lee Vosburgh is an Art Director and editor of the blog Style Bee, a hive for honing personal style and learning to live well with less. When Lee isn’t buzzing about the internet she can be found playing fetch with her corgi Dobby, renovating a 125 year old house or snapping pictures in her hometown of Guelph, Ontario.