Over the last few years, you’d be hard-pressed to find a home that didn’t have a bar cart. I don’t remember when it happened, but they became THE thing. When Eric and I moved into our first home together, the bar cart was one of our first, if not the first, purchase and has been with us for three moves now. Luckily, it has evolved from just holding two buck chuck and a handle of vodka. Now we class it up a bit with a variety of alcohol and drink-making essentials.
The must-have items to stock your bar cart, or if you are like me, bar “cabinet”:
No matter what your favorite spirit of choice is, it is important to keep one of each basic liquor on hand.
There are a handful of cocktails out there that call for bitters, such as an old fashioned. I always keep Angostura and grapefruit bitters on hand.
Bar tools have served as a perfect gift for Eric over the years. I LOVE the set from Crate and Barrel, but as long as you have a wine opener, muddler, jigger, martini shaker, and stirrer you are set. I also have a boujee wine-stopper for when I’m feeling fancy.
I am anal about coasters, so I have numerous sets around the house. I don’t think there is such a thing as too many coasters! The two sets I have are from Target and Anthropology.
Who else is a sucker for cool glassware? I 100% am and might even have a low-key problem with collecting a variety of glasses. If you want to make sure you have a glass for every situation, you should make sure to have rocks, wine, and martini glasses as well as champagne flutes on hand. However, I am guilty of having only rocks and wine glasses but find that those work just fine.
Tonic water, club soda, and ginger beer are staples in our house. I can’t turn down a good G & T.
A few extra liquors that I always have available are St. Germaine and Aperol! Another must-have is citrus; if you take anything away here, it’s to keep citrus on hand! No matter what cocktail you’re making, you won’t be sad you kept limes, lemons, and oranges at the ready.
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