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How to Stock a Better Home Bar Cart

By Courier Classics

Jan 24, 2019

When it comes to home entertaining, it's not enough just having the mixology skills. To truly be a host with the most, you need a sophisticated set-up. Follow our guidelines for assembling a home bar-cart that doubles as the ultimate power move.

A Storied Past

The original bar-carts, popularized in the Victorian Era, were actually used as tea trolleys. After Prohibition, people started using them to carry booze around. They reached the height of their popularity in the 1950's 'Mad Men' era, but we think now's the perfect time for a bar-cart renaissance.  

Build A Foundation

Bar-carts allow you to be creative with your home bar set-up. You can easily swap out different bottles or decor as the seasons, or your tastes, change. Look at Ikea or antique stores to find or refurbish the bar-cart of your dreams.  

Basic Booze

Bar-carts should be minimal, so only keep whatever the ingredients your favorite go-to drinks require on hand. We recommend having vodka, gin, whiskey, tonic water, and bitters on the ready. Any extra spirits from your Cocktail Courier kit can also be added to your liquor collection.  

Tools of the Trade

Must have tools include a jigger, shaker, strainer, bar spoons, and tongs. Choose functional yet beautiful ice buckets and cocktail picks to adorn the cart. Serve your cocktails up in vintage highball and old-fashioned glasses to add an extra touch of class.  Check out out bar tools shop here.

Final Touches

The secret to a well-rounded cart is adding decor that helps highlight your booze collection. Keeping interesting glassware, plants, and stacked books can add visual interest. Consider placing a framed piece of art or quirky statute in the background.

Opt for Table Top

Tight on space? Go for a bar tray instead. It's all the fun of a bar-cart, just downsized to fit into any nook and cranny of your apartment.

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