As most public spaces are closing down, people are working from home, and everyone is practicing social distancing, we are about to be spending a lot more time at home. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, like many, we at The Strategy are working from home and avoiding all social gatherings.
That being said, there is no harm in making our homes as comfortable as possible. To start, we’re building ourselves the perfect at-home bar cart, inspired by some of our TS Alumni. A well-stocked and beautiful arranged bar will have you forgetting about the closed clubs and bars you are used to frequenting and help you to see the beauty of staying in.
Step One: Find the Right Cart
You’ll need somewhere to place all your bottles and tchotchkes, so you’ll need the actual bar cart first. Many of our features have gotten creative with their carts and opted for bookshelves, and other surfaces to hold their bar necessities. Whatever you choose, keep in mind the size of your space, and how many bottles and accessories you are hoping to store. Make sure that your cart is sturdy and can support the weight of multiple bottles and glasses.
Step Two: Stock up on Essentials
By ‘essentials’ we mean the liquor you’re going to be storing on your cart. Start with your preference, then, (once life resumes to normal) if you’re a frequent entertainer, think of what your guests may enjoy. Keep larger bottles of alcohols you may go through faster, and smaller bottles of those you won’t. Finish off your assortment with small bottles of bitters that can flavour up your cocktails.
Step 3: Find the Right Tools
As they say, ‘a bartender is only as good as their tools.’ To make a good cocktail, you’re going to need some high quality hardware. To get mixing, you’re going to need a cocktail shaker, a jigger, a bar spoon, a peeler and a bottle opener. There are so many other little tools that you can add along the way, like a strainer, a muddler and a pour spout. To keep your bar cart cohesive, make sure these all match your bar cart’s overall aesthetic.
Step 4: Get the Glassware
A nice touch to any bar cart is an assortment of glassware. Whether your style is coloured glasses, mismatched pieces or even a classic Tiki glass, invest first in glassware that suits your personal drink preference. From there, build up to drink that you think you’ll be actually serving the most. If you’ve never maid a martini, you probably don’t need to worry about buying a set of martini glasses first.
Step 5: Add Your Tchotchkes
Our favourite TS Alum bar carts always have a tchotchke or two adorning it’s surface. You can take a page from Christina Grasso‘s book and style your cart with your favourite beauty products and coffee table books, or go the route of Héléne Heath and add personal photos and momentos.
Once all 5 steps have been taken, it’s time to take a step back, pour yourself a drink and admire you mighty fine handy work.
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