I’ve been using a vintage serving cart as a bar for a few years now. I LOVE IT. What I don’t love is how dusty its contents are and how frequently I have to clean everything. So I’m converting the cart into storage for my line of paper goods (more on that later) and I’m purchasing a new enclosed bar to keep everything clean and tidy.
My living room is small but I currently have about 5 ft of wall space that I can use. I wanted to find something compact, perhaps one that opened up and it had to relatively narrow in depth. I toyed with the idea of converting small buffets I found or even building something but Crate and Barrel had this beauty in their spring line and it was the perfect solution. I can’t wait to post it as soon as it arrives!
I like to make my own syrups and shrubs for cocktails, it’s quick and looks impressive. If I’m expecting company, I’ll make a simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water: cook on medium until sugar dissolves) and grab mint, thyme, lavender or basil from the garden and make an infused syrup.
Instead of keeping club soda and tonic on hand, I use my sodastream to make fresh batches as I need them.
Here’s a stock list for your bar that will make an impromptu cocktail gathering, a stress-free event.
- 8 wine glasses
- 8 champagne glasses
- 4 or 8 double old-fashioned glasses
- 4 martini glasses
- 4 highball glasses
- set of bar tools and shaker
- assorted glass bottles (for homemade syrups and shrubs)
- assorted trays
- sodastream with glass bottles (for homemade soda and tonic)
- ice bucket and tongs
For the Cabinet
- whiskey or bourbon
- red wine
- dry vermouth
- tonic syrup
- a few favorite cordials or liquors (I love elderflower and orange)
For the Fridge
- champagne or prosecco
An ear infection has left me unable to do much of anything for the past week. So I went through my 20 cubic feet of craft space and ran across a set of lemon yellow glass beads I purchased forever ago and never used. So I made these simple little earrings to send to my sister-in-law. Paired with my favorite drink: a lemon drop martini, this girl is embracing Spring.
1 part vodka
1 part simple syrup
1 part lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
splash of soda
Shake with ice, strain into in sugar-rimmed martini glass, garnish with raspberry or lemon peel.