It was Mad Men that first introduced that bar cart? Perhaps, but the well-curated product has been in use for years, long before it’s time to join the AMC series. In addition, with the holidays approaching the piece of furniture is due for some attention. Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to design the ideal bar cart.
Make it simple most damaging thing could happen to the bar cart is to make it appear cluttered. In the end, the point for the bar cart the place where you can actually prepare and serve drinks and drinks, so make sure you keep a clear workspace. Sort items according to the theme (hard mixers, liquors glasses, etc.) and use tray trays to divide the items. If you have a large cart, there’s likely to be plenty of space to store a range of mixers, spirits, and garnishes. For those who have carts that are smaller, make your drink menu in advance of time and limit your options to include only the essential ingredients (stash some olives for instance even if you’re not creating martinis).
The Cart Itself Cart Itself
There aren’t many homes that require an entire bar cart, but in the event of a shortage the end tables or even a part of your buffet can do perfectly. If you’re looking to invest in one however there are some items to look out for the following: Wheels allow you to move the cart around keeping it to the side prior to dinner and then shifting it to the front after dessert.
the shelves can be used as an area for serving or assembly and also a space for extra bottles that don’t get used often, and perhaps a few decorative items that are worth a look; especially when you locate one that has a rail or lip to keep glassware and bottles from being accidentally knocked over (particularly when guests’ have enjoyed some drinks). If you’re only able to fit a small area, you might want to consider a sleek folding table that is quickly stowed away when not when not in use.
Think about your options for placement
The first and perhaps most important thing to do is not place your outdoor bar cart n a place where people will frequently hit it regardless of whether it’s designed to perfection and you’d like it be the focus of attention. If you’d like people to be able to get quick access to the bar after dinner while you’re relaxing on your couch, consider taking the cart out of sight and then bringing.
it back into the room once you’re ready for a drink. The bar cart will eventually become an ideal place to gather which is why if you’re trying to persuade people to go to other rooms in the house you might want to consider placing the bar cart away from obvious bottlenecks such as the living or kitchen area, but not enough to make an effort to walk there for refills. A cart placed within an entryway or foyer could be an ideal way to welcome guests.
Back to the basics
While you are able to tailor your bar cart for a distinctive drink, if intend to set up the full bar, here are some important items to keep in mind:
Spirits such as vodka, gin whiskey, tequila and vermouth. You might want to consider having a bottle of wine or Champagne on the ice, if you feel it is appropriate. Bonus points if you mix to bottles such as Lillet, Cointreau, and bitters.
Mixers: soda water/seltzer limes and lemons to juice and garnish cocktails cherries olives, simple syrup.
Cocktail shakers, glass for mixing strainer, spoon cutting board (unless you’re pre-slicing lemons, limes, and similar items) Jigger, cocktail sticks and an ice jar.
Glassware: martini, highball Old Fashioned and more. Also, serve Champagne flutes and wine glasses when you’re offering these options.
Increase the Needs
Every bar cart should have certain essentials and accessories, but they don’t have to look boring. Consider using beautiful cloth napkins and drinks served in attractive bottles can make an impressive impression. The most unique bottle openers and wine stoppers and wine coasters must be included, as well as the more colorful disposable products like toothbrushes or straws. If you’re serving drinks like a sangria or punch with a gorgeous glass or pitcher will increase the appeal of your host. If you’re serving scotch as an instance, think about using a crystal decanter.
Add the Extras
While you’re not looking to overflow your shopping cart A few extras will make your table really special. A small vase of flowers or a bud bouquet of blooms is an excellent way to inject some colour. Set the fruit and the garnishes in pretty bowls , or placed on a dish with feet to add a touch of class. A couple of books on cocktails is helpful to look for books with striking spines and covers. A few other nifty objects are fun, but be careful not to go overboard. You could consider using a brass item to help support a load of napkins or even a tea light set in an aesthetically pleasing holder to give some ambiance. The beauty lies in the small details.