How To Style The Perfect NYE Bar Cart For Under $25

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New Year’s Eve is one of our favorite celebrations of the year! Mainly, because we get to drink champagne and celebrate all of our successes over the last twelve months. Also, it’s the perfect reason to throw a party with your closest friends and show off your NYE bar cart!

If you’re anything like us you don’t want party supplies to leave your bank account with a hangover, which is why we created this guide to show you how to style your bar cart affordably!

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New Year’s Party Supplies

There are a few places you can shop for your NYE party supplies, but we found Party City to be one of the most affordable and easily accessible stores to get everything we needed. We got all of our NYE party supplies for under $25!

  • Happy New Year Top Hat – $1.99
  • Pop! Fizz Clink Balloons – $4.99
  • 2017 Glasses – $6.99
  • Fringe Blowout Horns – $3.99
  • Gold NYE Party Horns – $1.99
  • Silver NYE Party Horns – $1.99
  • Happy New Year Tiara – $2.99

Styling & Stocking Your NYE Bar Cart (putting it all together):

Now that you have your party supplies, you need to setup your bar cart and stock it with your bar accessories and glassware. For your New Year’s Eve party, it’s always good to go with a champagne theme. If you don’t have the necessary barware, don’t worry! You can shop for stylish bar accessories, champagne glasses and bar carts at The Bar Cartist! Below are the products we recommend choosing from for your NYE party! Happy New Year!

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4th of July Cocktail Recipe: The Red, White & Booze

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Happy Birthday to the US of A! 241 years young and still going strong. The 4th of July is here and what better way to celebrate our independence than with… booze! We’ve put together a patriotic punch, an independent imbibe – The Red, White and Booze cocktail.

Three separate summertime favorites combine to make a beautifully layered and perfectly festive accompaniment to your weekend celebrations.

Red, White & Booze Cocktail Recipe


 

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Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

The Red, White & Booze cocktail consists of layering three (3) classic summertime cocktails including the (1) Blue Hawaiian, (2) Piña Colada and (3) Strawberry Daiquiri cocktails.

Blue Hawaiian

  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz Blue Curacao
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz of cream of coconut
  • 2 cups of ice
Piña Colada

  • 1.5 oz of cream of coconut
  • 1.5 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1 oz coconut rum
  • 2 cups of ice
Strawberry Daiquiri

  • 5 large strawberries
  • 2 oz light rum
  • 2 tspn sugar
  • lime juice from 1/2 of lime
  • 2 cups of ice

Directions

Blue Hawaiian:
Combine the Blue Hawaiian ingredients in blender. Mix on high speed until smooth. Pour into chilled highball glass.

Piña Colada:
Combine the Piña Colada ingredients in blender. Mix on high speed until smooth. Pour into chilled highball glass.

Strawberry Daiquiri:
Combine the Strawberry Daiquiri ingredients in blender. Mix on high speed until smooth. Pour into chilled highball glass.

The Red, White & Booze (putting it all together):
First, layer the Blue Hawaiian at the bottom one-third of the hurricane glass. Then, add the Piña Colada in the middle one-third of the hurricane glass. Next, simply top the hurricane glass off with the Strawberry Daiquiri. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and strawberries. Enjoy!

The Vanilla Orange Old-Fashioned

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The Original Classic Cocktail

The Old-Fashioned, as its name suggests, is a classic. Originally dubbed the Whiskey Cocktail, the first version of this spirit-forward drink was made with whiskey, muddled sugar, bitters and a lemon peel. Since its first appearance on a bar menu in the mid-1800’s the Old Fashioned has seen hundreds of versions and adaptations. Even now, you could go to ten different bars and order a classic Old-Fashioned and end up with ten very different drinks. Some serve it with an orange slice, some with a maraschino garnish. Others keep things more traditional by focusing on the spirit and not the dressing or garnish.

Whatever your preference, we have to thank the mixologists and creative minds behind our modern day cocktail renaissance for resurrecting this classic drink into prominence on today’s cocktail scene. We at The Bar Cartist have our own version of the Old-Fashioned that we want to share with you, The Vanilla Orange Old-Fashioned.

The Old-Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients (makes 1 serving)

  • 2 oz Bourbon Whiskey
  • 4 drops Angostura Aromatic bitters
  • 3 drops Orange Bitters
  • 1 large ice sphere or cube (try the Top Down Freezing method for perfectly clear ice)
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Simple Syrup
  • Orange peel for garnish

Directions

Vanilla Simple Syrup: Infuse your simple syrup with a few sticks of vanilla bean the day before. Whip up a batch of regular, plain simple syrup then take two vanilla beans, split in half, and drop them in the container with the syrup to infuse at least overnight. The longer they can infuse, the stronger the vanilla flavor. When the vanilla and bourbon marry together they will create a smooth taste while taming the bite from the bourbon whiskey.

Assemble the cocktail: Place the ice sphere or cube into a rocks glass. Build the simple syrup and then both bitters over the ice, in that order. Slowly pour the bourbon over the ice to cool the ingredients and unite them together. Use a bar spoon to twirl the ice – slowly mixing the ingredients. Use a peeler to shave a peel from a fresh orange. Bend the orange peel in half along the longest side and spritz the orange zest over the top of the Old-Fashioned cocktail. Wipe the rim of your rocks glass with the outer side of the orange peel and place the peel inside the Old-Fashioned cocktail.

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The Cocktail Garnish: An Introduction

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Garnishes 101: Getting Started

Garnishes. The icing on the cake, the top hat, the visual descriptor. Garnishes are what transform a great drink into a beautiful work of art. If you’re here with us then you probably like cocktails and have undoubtedly seen your fair share of boozy flourish. This is meant as a Garnish 101 or Intro To, if you will. So, follow along because we have a few garnish ideas to get those creative juices flowing!

A few pointers before we get going:

  • Pith – never invited to the cocktail party. Always try to scrape or cut off as much of the white pith as possible when working with citrus fruits. The pith is bitter and will quickly oust you as the cocktail newbie.
  • Knife Safety – Always use a knife responsibly and with great care. Be sure your knife is sharpened and that your cutting surface is secure.

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The Fruit Wheel: This garnish is simple, easy, and always looks festive. To achieve this look cut a thin slice of the citrus of your choice (or really any fruit that pairs with your cocktail) laterally across to create a circle shape. Make one small cut on the edge so that the wheel can be placed on the lip of the glass.

The Peel Corkscrew: This one is maybe a little more challenging, but we still say it’s an easy, beginners garnish. As long as you feel comfortable with your knife skills, then give this one a go! Just as you might peel an apple with a paring knife, peel a thin long strip of peel from the citrus of your choice. Take the long strip and curl it up into a corkscrew shape. If you need help use a pen to wrap it around to get the desired look.

Cocktail Pick: The cocktail pick provides a versatile garnish option. Skewer the ingredients of the drink in fun arrangements to give the drinker a sense of what to expect. You can go simple with the classic olive, or step it up as much as you want to.

If you happen to be making a strawberry and jalapeno drink, we love this Strawberry Top Hat Garnish, inspired by Apartment Bartender.

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Citrus Paper Clip (We made that name up – seemed fitting): This one is simple to do, but will certainly surprise your guests. First start with the peel of a citrus, remove the pith, remove the fruit flesh. With a sharp knife cut the peel into a rectangle (or shape of your choice) then carefully make two slits in the middle of the rectangle into a V shape.

Slightly curve the peel before sliding the “clip” onto the rim of the glass.

Infused Salt Rim: We all know a margarita comes with a salt rim, but why not apply this idea to any number of drinks. We especially love to do sugar rims, adding the zest of whatever citrus went into our beverage. For this just mix the sugar or salt with a good amount of citrus zest. Give the mixture a little stir and it’s ready to be applied to the glass.

Stepping up our game

Scored Garnish: This one seems intimidating to the newbie home bartender but we promise with the right tools it’s easy.
First figure out how fancy you want to take things. Plan out your pattern and think about how you want to execute. Go simple with straight lines or intricate with swirls or images. We stuck to a crisscross pattern, simple but fun. We used both a zester tool and a fork to achieve different types of lines. This look can be done with or without the fruit flesh still attached – we have both shown here in pictures.

Start slow and sort of mark your path first. Then steadily apply a little more pressure until you achieve your desired result. Be careful not to scrape too hard as you might just cut the peel right in two!

Cocktail decoration and garnish are much like the drinks themselves – the combinations and opportunity for fun new ideas are almost endless. Cheers!

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The Juliet & Romeo: A Not-So-Tragic Gin Cocktail

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Under loves heavy burden do I sink

The Juliet & Romeo name gives images of young love, passionate romance, and of course a tragic end. We don’t know why its creator went for the Shakespearean moniker but we promise the story ends well this time. The scent and presentation of this floral cocktail really bring you in. There is a perfume that comes off the drink that reminds you of being in a spring garden blossoming with roses and mint. The taste is light and the presentation is delicate and romantic – usually served in a dainty coupe glass.

The Juliet & Romeo cocktail was created by James Beard-nominated bartender, Toby Maloney of Chicago’s The Violet Hour. The drink was then picked up by mixologists across the country, including those at Dallas’ The Cedars Social which is where we finally discovered it. This has become a cocktail that our founders drink at home often, really enjoying the crafting process and mix of ingredients it takes to create this romantic beauty.

We prefer this drink for a light affair, perhaps lunch in the garden or the perfect signature cocktail for your next bridal shower. With the beautiful presentation, well balanced taste, and delicious scent of rose water – what’s not to love about the Juliet and Romeo?

Juliet & Romeo Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients (makes 1 serving)

  • 2 oz gin
  • 3 drops rose water (we use Nielsen-Massey)
  • 3 drops Angostura Aromatic bitters
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 slices fresh cucumber
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • Tiny pinch of salt

 
 

Directions
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber and mint with a tiny pinch of salt. Add the remaining ingredients into the cocktail shaker and let them marry together for 30 seconds. Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into your serving glass. Garnish with a mint leaf – place one drop of rosewater on the mint leaf and two drops of bitters on surface of the drink if desired.

Editor’s note: We recommend straining through a mesh strainer to avoid the cucumber seeds and mint bits floating in the drink.

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Mint Juleps In Classic Derby Style

Mint Julep cocktail in silver julep cup

Learn how to make your very own Mint Julep!

It’s May and that means Derby Days are upon us. The Jockeys are prepped, the horses are groomed, and the Kentucky Derby is quickly approaching. Whether you’re live at Churchill Downs or throwing your own watch party at home, you’ll need to have this classic cocktail at the ready. Saddle up Bar Cartists, we’re off to the races!

Mint Julep Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of bourbon
  • Sprigs of fresh mint
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • Crushed Ice
  • Silver Julep Cup

Directions
Make mint simple syrup by boiling sugar and water for 5 minutes. Cool and pour into a container with 6 to 8 sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Fill a julep cup with crushed ice, add 1 tablespoon of mint simple syrup and 2 ounces of bourbon whiskey. Stir rapidly with a barspoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Sip and enjoy!

Did you know?
The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Each year, nearly 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice! How’s that for some Mint Julep trivia?

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The Beginner’s Guide To Bar Carts

How To Stock Your Bar Cart

Bar carts are a home decorators dream; they bring both form and function. With endless uses from storage to soirée, they are a no-brainier for any space – large or small. This guide brings you the essential bar accessories needed to stock and design the perfect bar cart!

Bar carts come in a variety of styles ready to match your personality.
Fancy yourself a modern hostess with a chic style? Check out our gold bar carts made of steel and glass. Maybe you’re more industrial farmhouse; go for the steel and wood bar cart. Whatever your style, there is a bar cart to match and endless bar accessories to meet your needs.

The List.
Each category below lays out suggestions for the host or hostess new to a home bar. There are certain pieces you should always have on hand to be able to whip up just what your guests are in the mood for. While this list isn’t comprehensive, and certainly everyone’s tastes will be their own, we hope to give you a good nudge in the right direction. You could even say we want to help you become a Bar Cart Artist. (Bar Cartist, get it?)

Here's a simple list to help you stock your bar cart

Bar Accessories:
  • Jigger
  • Muddler
  • Strainer
  • Corkscrew
  • Ice Molds
  • Mixing Glass
  • Bottle Opener
  • Cocktail Picks
  • Cocktail Shaker
Essential Liquors:
  • Gin
  • Rum
  • Vodka
  • Whiskey
  • Tequila
Additional Liquors:
  • Vermouth
  • St-Germain
  • Rose Water
  • Grand Marnier
  • Orange Bitters
  • Aromatic Bitters
Glassware & Servingware:
  • Tumblers
  • Decanters
  • Ice Buckets
  • Wine Glasses
  • Rocks Glasses
  • Martini Glasses
  • Highball Glasses
  • Champagne Glasses
Garnishes:
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Mint Leaves
  • Luxardo Cherries