THE BAR CART

WHAT TO STOCK FOR CRAFTED COCKTAILS

[…] included a top list of our bar cart essentials and tips for making the perfect cocktail at home …

Crafting cocktails can seem overwhelming for some, but now more than ever, we have needed to become accustomed to entertaining at home. At the same time, we longed for a signature taste of the outside world. More than a composition of ingredients within a Collins glass, cocktails help mark an occasion; their best when shared, bringing us together to celebrate the most memorable moments. But how do we begin to pour with pride in the meantime?

Inspired by our favorite New York nightlife establishments and speakeasies, the editors at SLHLifestyle have included a top list of our bar cart essentials and tips for making the perfect cocktail at home, where the bar is always open.

Creating the perfectly crafted cocktail is an art form. But for a mixology novice, it is often defined by technique and the incorporation of quality ingredients.

TOOLS

Bar Cart | Cocktail Shaker | Boston, Cobbler, or Tin-on-tin | Bar Spoon | Mixing Glass | Hawthorne Strainer | Julep Strainer | Fine Mesh Sieve | Muddler | Jigger

GLASSWARE

Collins Glass

A thin & tall glass, holding 12 to 14 ounces, often used for drinks topped with soda.

Champagne Flute

A narrow & stemmed glass, often used for cocktails topped with sparkling wine like a French 75.

Coupe

A stemmed & saucer-shaped glass, holding 6 ounces, often used for cocktails without ice.

Highball

A tall glass, holding 10 to 12 ounces, used for long drinks without ice.

Old Fashioned

A short & sturdy glass, holding 10 to 12 ounces, used for spirits over ice.

Julep

A silver stemless or pewter cup used to serve a mint julep with ice.

Martini

A V-shaped stemmed glass, holding 6 to 8 ounces, best used for drinks without ice.

Wine Goblet

A large, balloon-shaped wineglass used to serve fancy cocktails.

SPIRTS

Vodka | Gin | Tequila Blanco or Reposado | Rum Light or Dark | Bourbon Whiskey | Rye Whiskey

LIQUEURS

Orange Liqueur Cointreau or Grand Marnier | Dry Vermouth Dolin or Noilly Prat | Sweet Vermouth Dolin or Carpano Antica | St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur | Amaro Montenegro | Campari | Aperol

BITTERS

Regan’s Orange Bitters | Angostura Bitters | Peychaud’s Bitters | Chocolate Bitters

Our 5-Step Guide for Becoming Your Mixologist

1. INVEST IN QUALITY

Explore fresh ingredients and quality liqueurs for an elevated taste.

2. TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Simplify your process with the essentials.

3. ART OF THE POUR

Take your time to perfect your signature. Crafted cocktails are an art form.

4. DRINK RESPONSIBLY

Crafted cocktails are meant to savor with friends.

5. ALWAYS TIP THE BARTENDER

Support the hospitality industry post-pandemic.

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