Happy FriYay friends! Today on the blog we are continuing to talk about alcohol and bar carts. Surprise, surprise! I have Jasilyn from Coffee + Cleveland showing us how she refurbished a cart and what you should have on your cart!
This is my absolute favorite DIY project that I have ever done, and I’m sure it will take a lot to top it. I am in no way an alcoholic, I just enjoy having a glass or two every so often. I’m also really interested in learning about mixed drinks.
Before I made this cart I had been keeping my eye out for a cart every time I was at a thrift or antique store. One day, in 2013, I was going out to my car after work. I spotted the cart (pictured below) randomly in the parking lot behind the restaurant. I couldn’t believe my eyes. My adrenaline started pumping through my body. It was dark out, but it’s still a busy area so I didn’t want to look creepy putting it in my car so I had one of the guys I worked with help me do it! Luckily, he’s a nice guy and was glad to do so.
Unfortunately, I realized I accidentally deleted the before and during pictures. I am so mad at myself. Luckily I was able to scrounge up this Instagram picture. It’s horrible quality, but as you can see it was really dusty and rusty. Plus, it was an ugly color and the surface wasn’t even.
Your cocktail cart should include necessities like glasses, a bottle open, bitters and flavors, mixers (juice, tonic water, pop/soda), cocktail shaker, drink stirrers, jigger, and strainer. You should also include different types of alcohol that you prefer to drink.
Then you can get creative and make your cart your own with different accessories. You can include a basket for fruit, fancy straws, flowers, candles, the sky is the limit. Keep in mind you don't want it to be too cluttered or you won't have room to make any of those fancy drinks you've been dreaming about.
One word of advice: Unless you are entertaining A LOT I would suggest supplying the cart with things YOU like. Although I don't really know anything about mixed drinks I do know I hate Tequila, so I won't put it on my cart. I also put some things on there that I never got around to drinking and just gave it to friends before I moved to Russia. You should also browse through books on mixed drinks and focus on the drinks you like. If you see an ingredient that keeps repeating itself buy it because you know you'll use it.
Ask friends and family for suggestions! I put a status up on Facebook and ended up getting a bunch of glasses from my aunt's house in Napa Valley and the Retro Cocktail cart for free! She sent my so many glasses I couldn't put them all on here. Another friend sent me a muddler and a few other things.
What do you think? Any suggestions for your favorite drinks or must-have cocktail cart items?