You’ve finally settled on the perfect bar cart. Whether its midcentury modern, shabby chic or glam, you know you want all the mixings for a perfect cocktail on your bar cart. And you want to look good while you’re doing it.
1. Get your tools.
Make sure you have a cocktail shaker, bottle opener, corkscrew and an ice bucket. And if you’re a wine drinker like I am, don’t forget accessories like a bottle stopper and a wine aerator.
You also want to have a variety of glassware. Think highball and lowball glasses, champagne flutes, wine glasses, martini glasses and of course, shot glasses. If you’re a beer drinker, pick out a few pilsner glasses.
2. Add your alcohol and mixers.
It’s good to have basics like vodka, gin, bourbon and tequila. But keep your eye out for pretty bottles when you’re out shopping. Just make sure that pretty bottle is something you’re actually going to drink.
Then add mixers like tonic water, seltzer, soda, bitters and grenadine.
3. Organize it.
Divide your bar cart into different sections. Most people put their liquor bottles on the top shelf. Group similar glassware together, and any other collections you’re displaying on your bar cart.
If you are lacking cohesion, use a tray. A tray makes any group feel organized. It also adds a layer of pattern and interest.
4. Add some color.
A lot of glassware lacks color. Vintage glasses often come in colorful patterns and styles. Seek out a few colorful pieces to add some interest to your bar cart.
Or you can add some brightly colored straws, drink stirrers or other cocktail accessories.
You can even use something as simple as lemons and limes for a bright spot on your bar cart.
5. Make it yours.
Have a collection of cocktail recipe books? Awesome! Stack ‘em up. Own a bunch of vintage tiki glasses? Pick a few of favorites, and group them together.
Your bar cart should reflect like your style. And more importantly, you should have fun with it. I mean, this isn’t rocket science. Just mixology.