5 Essential Spirits to Get Your Bar Cart Started
A stylish bar cart is more than a cool piece of home decor! It serves as an all-in-one cocktail-creating station, and a well-stocked bar cart adds storage and definitely a bit of sparkle to a room.
Bar Carts: Where Did They Come From?
Did you know that bar carts have been serving up refreshments for more than a century? C’est vrai! Its ancestor – the tea trolley – was a common fixture in Victorian-era homes. They were used by the help to deliver tea, scones and little sandwiches.
When Prohibition ended in 1933, smart-thinkers replaced the tea with alcohol, and the cocktail cart was born! What a glorious day for all. Its use peaked in the 1950s, and in the last 20-years, has made a resurgence as home entertaining became popular, but many did not want to install a wet bar in their cubicle-sized urban apartments.
Keep It Simple Sweetheart
The worst thing you can do to a bar cart, is make it look cluttered. After all, the purpose of the cart is to be a place to make and serve cocktails, so be sure to leave an open workspace. Then, group items by theme (hard liquors, mixers, glasses, etc.) and consider using trays as dividers. If, for example, you have a grand cart, you might have room for quite a variety of spirits, mixers, and garnishes, but, if your cart is a bit smaller, plan your drink menu ahead of time and edit your options to just the necessary ingredients.
5 Essential Spirits to Start Your Cart With
Whether top-shelf or not, the versatility of the liquor selection on your bar cart shows what kind of host you are. Experts say stock one bottle of each of the basics: vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and tequila. Remember, once opened, liquor starts to lose its colour and flavour, so plan to replace your bottles every one to two years.
Bring on the Spirits!
So, whether you just decorated your first home or you are so tired of jello shots, there has never been a better time to add a properly stocked bar cart to your place.
Stick to the basics and you will be entertaining like a pro soon! For those who can’t be bothered or are worried about potential injuries from sharp accessories – there are Honest Cocktail Kits for you!