Bar Cart Essentials

A well-stocked and stylish bar cart is a must for any home entertainer. Having both form and function, bar carts can improve your home decor while also allowing you to serve your guests a cocktail at a moment’s notice! But, sometimes it can be just as challenging trying to figure out how to stock a bar cart as it is choosing a bar cart in the first place. Luckily, we’ve created this list of bar cart essentials to make it easy for you!

Below, you’ll learn about the key items you should use to stock the perfect bar cart including barware, glassware, liquor, liqueurs, syrups and bitters. In addition, we’ll even share some of the things you should consider when purchasing a bar cart!

Barware

There are a few bar accessories every home entertainer should have on hand. First, you need to consider whether or not you’ll be serving shaken or stirred cocktails. For example, if you’ll be serving a Cosmopolitan cocktail, then you’ll need the tools to craft shaken cocktails. Likewise, you’ll need the barware to make stirred cocktails if you want to serve Old-Fashioneds. Our advice is to always be prepared to make either type of cocktail. But, if for whatever reason you only want the bar tools to make one type of cocktail, we’ve got you covered in the lists below!

Now that you know the essential barware to stock the perfect bar cart you can focus on the style of the barware! That’s the fun part! Whether you’re looking for gold bar accessories or silver barware, we have a variety of products to match your personal style. Below are just a few of our stylish bar accessories.

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Glassware

There are so many different types of cocktail glasses to choose from. So, to make it easy for you to pick the right glasses we suggest starting with the base liquor you prefer drinking and/or serving to guests. If you prefer whiskey based cocktails, then you should definitely get a good set of rocks glasses. Likewise, get a set of martini glasses or coupe glasses if you enjoy a gin based cocktail. Below is a list of common glasses to use based on the type of liquor you’ll be drinking. Our recommendation is to always make sure you have a good set of rocks glasses, coupe glasses and martini glasses available, which will allow you to properly serve the most common cocktails.

Gin & Vodka Glassware

Also, don’t forget about your liquor decanter! There are so many different styles of decanters, such as an etched crystal decanter to a sleek glass decanter. We recommend getting a stylish decanter with a set of decanter tags so you can label what’s inside. Below are some of our favorite glasses and decanters we use to stock and style our own bar carts!

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Liquor

Our recommendation is to stock your bar cart with a bottle of whiskey, vodka and gin at a minimum. Having these liquors on hand will allow you to craft the most popular cocktails. Ultimately, the decision on which liquors to stock on your bar cart are based on your own preference. A good rule of thumb is to have no more than three bottles of liquor on the lower shelf of your bar cart. This allows you to have a variety available, but also ensures you don’t have a cluttered bar cart! Also, you’ll need to leave some space for your liqueurs and bitters. Below is a list of some common liquors for you to consider.

Liquors

  • Gin
  • Vodka
  • Brandy
  • Tequila
  • Rum (light or dark)
  • Whiskey (Bourbon, Scotch, Rye)

 

Liqueurs, Syrups & Bitters

Now, unless you’re just drinking whiskey on the rocks, liquor alone will not make you a craft cocktail. You’ll need a variety of liqueurs, syrups and bitters! Liqueurs are highly flavored alcoholic beverages that come in a variety of flavors, such as orange, mint and violet. Syrups are used to take the bite out of some of your liquors and sweeten your cocktail, such as a vanilla simple syrup. Bitters are used in many cocktails, such as the Old-Fashioned, and come in a variety of flavors, such as aromatic, lime and orange bitters. As their name suggest, they have a bitter or bittersweet taste and have a fairly high alcohol content. Below are a list of some common liqueurs, syrups and bitters that we always keep on hand.

Liqueurs

  • Orange Liqueur
  • Raspberry Liqueur
  • Chocolate Liqueur
  • Elderflower Liqueur
  • Crème de violette
  • Amaretto Liqueur
Syrups

  • Simple Syrup
  • Vanilla Syrup
  • Vanilla-Cinnamon Syrup
  • Mint Syrup
  • Orgeat Syrup
Bitters

  • Aromatic Bitters
  • Orange Bitters
  • Mint Bitters
  • Black Walnut Bitters
  • Lime Bitters
  • Chocolate Bitters

 

Bar Carts

Okay, now that we shared the bar cart essentials you need, let’s talk about the bar cart itself! There are so many styles of bar carts available today, but there are a few key things you should look for when purchasing a bar cart.

First, you should make sure it has a good set of wheels that allow you to easily push it throughout your living spaces. Also, look for wheels that have a brake on them. Second, shop for a bar cart that has a large enough top shelf so that you can use it as a good work space to craft your drinks! Third, consider whether or not you want a two-tier or three-tier bar cart. If you get a three-tier bar cart, ensure the space between the lowest and middle shelves is tall enough to store bottles of liquor. Finally, always check the bar cart’s dimensions to make sure it will fit in the space where it will be showcased! Shop our collection of bar carts below and thank you for reading our guide on bar cart essentials! Cheers!

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