Class up Your Cocktails with this Barware
From stirrers to glasses to bar carts, here’s everything you need.
It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, right? The latest barware has become a home décor staple perfect for entertaining friends and family. So why frequent the local pub when you can mix your own drinks at home, Brian Flannigan style? (That’s Tom Cruise’s character in Cocktail.) Here, we break down the anatomy of a perfect at-home bar.
Step 1: Start With a Gorgeous Bar Cart
Whether your preference is vintage or modern, mahogany or gold, round or square, you want a cart that works well with your home’s aesthetic. This gorgeous metal-and-glass piece from Candelabra is a throwback to Old Hollywood and perfect for the host with the most … style. Can’t you just picture Bette Davis sauntering up and pouring herself a scotch? (www.shopcandelabra.com, $699.88)
Step 2: Add Glassware
Depending on the size of your bar cart and your typical drink preferences, you may not need to purchase a full spectrum of glassware. But you want to make sure you cover the following categories: wine, beer, cocktails and celebrations.
Step 3: Don’t Forget the Necessary Tools
Your utensil arsenal makes all the difference. You won’t regret picking up these barkeep essentials.
Step 4: Accessorize
Spice up your bar cart with something personal that will enhance the guest experience in terms of functionality, aesthetics or both.
Step 5: Stock Up
Make sure you have plenty of your favorite champagne, vodka, gin, tequila, bourbon, bitters, tonic water, club soda, cranberry juice and special liqueurs. And don’t forget accouterments like Maraschino cherries, olives, lemons, limes and mint leaves.