Bar Essentials and How to Style a Bar Cart:

If Pinterest and Mad Men are any indication, every home needs a beautiful bar cart. They are stylish and perfect for entertaining. My friend Corey is a cocktail connoisseur and he shared items that are bar essentials. I’ve shared some styling tips and inspiration. Now all you have to do is throw a party!

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Spirits: Because a cocktail hour needs cocktails.

What you need:

1. Whiskey
2. White Rum
3. Gin
4. Tequila
5. Vodka

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Vermouth: Craving the perfect Martini? How about a delicious Manhattan? Make sure to have a couple varieties of Vermouth on hand.

What you need:

1. Sweet Vermouth
2. Dry Vermouth

Pro Tip: Vermouth only lasts for two weeks. Keep it in fridge for best results.

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Sweet: If you plan on shaking up a Whiskey Sour or a Bee’s Knees anytime soon, make sure to have the sweet stuff on hand.

What you need:

1. Simple Syrup
2. Honey
3. Agave

Pro Tip: Like Vermouth, simple syrup will only last a few weeks. Keep it in the fridge to increase longevity.

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Bitter: Bitters keep the balance in most cocktails. There are hundreds of flavors when it comes to bitters, but start with these.

What you need:

1. Angostura Bitters
2. Orange Biiters


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Citrus: No Daiquiri or Tom Collins is complete without citrus! Keep a few lemons and limes on hand and squeeze them when you’re in the mood for a cocktail.

What you need:

1. Limes
2. Lemons

Pro Tip: You can keep fresh juice stored for awhile, but use it within 24 hours of squeezing for the best taste.


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Tools: Keep these tools on your bar cart.

What you need:

1. Cocktail Shaker
2. Pint Glass
3. Hawthorn Strainer
4. Bar Spoon
5. Jigger

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Glassware: Why go through the trouble of creating great drinks, if you don’t have great glassware to serve them in!

What you need:

1. Martini
2. Rocks
3. Collins

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1. Stirrers
2. Straws
3. Drink Umbrellas (because everybody loves drink umbrellas)

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Extra Credit: Love is in the details. Add some decoration.

I recommend:

1. A vase of fresh cut flowers
2. Nosh
-Savory Nosh: hummus, carrots, pretzels, nuts, olives, crackers etc.
-Sweet Nosh: donuts, cake pops, cookies, chocolate
3. Sparkling water
4. Napkins
5. Coasters
6. Bar cart art



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Pop, fizz, clink!



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