Bar carts are great because they are portable and customizable. Perfect for renters and homeowners alike, this trend is easy to follow with minimal financial obligation
We found this cart at Ikea, though flea markets and thrift stores are other places to look for a cart. A quick coat of gold spray paint covered the original steel pieces, and some black contact paper turned the white plastic shelves chic. Here’s a rundown of how to stock your cart.
Top shelf: Mixers, shakers, accessories
While it may not be practical to stock lemons and limes day in and day out, when you know company is coming, bring in a few to freshen up your cocktails. Store your bitters or other small bottles of mixers on the top shelf. A glass of straws would work well here, or a pitcher of a pre-made cocktail for guests to pour as they arrive.
Middle shelf: Glasses
Having a variety of glasses is very beneficial. Copper mugs for Moscow Mules are in right now, and it’s always a good idea to have a few martini and champagne glasses. Whether you stock a matching set or mismatch your pieces, it’s up to you.
Bottom shelf: Alcohol
There are many ways to stock alcohol on your bar cart. One way is to begin with things you enjoy in your drink. If you enjoy whiskey, stock a few different kinds. Then get really good at making whiskey cocktails. If you’re more adventurous, stock one bottle of each different kind of liquor. Pick up a new bottle whenever you go to the liquor store and soon you’ll be able to make drinks for just about anyone.
Another great feature of a cart: it doubles as a coffee cart. Keep somewhere in your kitchen and store your espresso or coffee machine here, along with beans, syrup, mugs and more.