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Pool parties, backyard barbeques, and patio time…ahhh summer is here. A perfect companion for any summer shindig is a bar cart, and we’ve got some tips to get your bar cart summer ready.
“For me, a mobile bar is a complement to any event. It moves with the flow of an event,” says Jesse Hawkins, founder of the Mocktail Project & The Conscious Cocktailer. What are some things to consider when preparing your cart? Jesse recommends keeping it clean and simple, with just one statement piece or else the cart can become cluttered, messy, or even sticky. With so many cart options available, be sure to choose a cart that fits your personality with a style that resonates with you. Stock it with both traditional spirits and non-alcoholic (NA) spirits and don’t forget the vintage, colorful glassware. Glassware is both functional but can also make a statement, adding charm and personality to the cart.
Variety is essential when preparing your cart. The right spirits and the right accessories will help keep the party going all summer long. For anyone building a traditional bar cart, Jesse recommends starting with these essentials.
I firmly believe a cocktail tastes better in a fun, playful, vintage glass.”– Jesse Hawkins
Spirits: Vodka • Gin • Rum • Whiskey • Bourbon • Scotch • Tequila
Non-Alcoholic Spirits: Ghia • Tenneyson • Curious Elixirs • For Bitter For Worse • Lyre’s American Malt • Seedlip Spice 94 • Spiritless Bourbon
Glassware everyone should have:
- Rocks Glasses
- High Balls
- Champagne Flutes
- Martini Glasses
On the mixology side:
- Cocktail Shaker
- Mixing Glass
- Hawthorne Strainer
- Steel Jigger
If you are looking for a statement piece, especially if using your cart for non-alcoholic refreshments such as tea, Jesse suggests a stunning tea kettle from Pinky Up Tea to add a touch of sophistication to
Looking to cut calories but still want to sip on a summer cocktail? Instead of the full alcohol serving, Jesse recommends using half traditional spirits and half NA spirits, like 1 oz Hendrick’s Gin & 1 oz Monday Zero Alcohol Gin, which is easy to make and better for the hangover. Also, utilize natural products like RE’AL puree infused syrups instead of pre-mixed cocktails or mixers which are loaded with a lower quality sweetener.
By Lindsay McDonald | Photos by Melissa Donald