Bar carts are a stylish addition to any home and make hosting parties and other events that little bit easier as everything is to hand and ready to go. In addition if you already have ice buckets, martini glasses, wine glasses and cocktail tools, storing them in one convenient place, table or trolley will help save some essential space in the kitchen too.
But I was surprised to see how expensive they were when looking for one suitable to my decoration and personal style. However, when adorned with bottles, glasses and accessories even the cheapest cart can look stylish- so we thought we’d share how we achieved ours including tips on what to have on it and some cocktail recipes and a competition with Hotel Chocolat to get you started.
Bar cart– Before assembly we sanded down the arms and painted in a multipurpose metal and wood blue, silver paint. Will take at least 3 coats and it essential to allow it to dry between applications- We recommend light applications as the arms aren’t rounded and the paint can clump which, if sets, will need sanding again before re-application (don’t look too closely at ours- we fell for this trap!).
Some other accessories:
We also recommend the following accessories so everything is in easy reach. You’ll need a bottle open for corkscrew tops and caps, glasses for a range of drink offerings and dishes to keep things clean and tidy
Small bowl– one for olives and another for lemons and limes
In addition, the following cocktail set is the perfect starter kit for any bar cart which will help you make a whole range of drinks.
Now you’ve assembled your bar cart- why not invite your friends over for a cocktails and canapes party. Give these gin based cocktails a whirl, oh and did we mention- we’re running a competition with Hotel Chocolat for a gin and chocolate set to get your started.
Cocoa Gin Martini
5 tablespoon cocoa gin
1 teaspoon fresh orange juice
Handful of ice cubes
Twist of orange zest to serve
Put the gin, orange juice and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour through a strainer into a martini glass. Finish with a twist of orange.
Juice of 1/4 lemon
3 fresh raspberries
1 and 1/2 tspns of rose water
1 teaspoon of sugar cane syrup
50ml dry prosecco
Rose petal to garnish
Shake all the ingredients together, except for the prosecco, together in a cocktail shaker- hard enough for the raspberries to release their juices. Pour and strain into a chilled glass then top with prosecco. Float a rose petal on top.
2 thick slices of fresh ginger
Juice of 1 small lemon
4 teaspoons honey water (1 teaspoon of honey mixed with 3 teaspoons of hot water)
25ml ginger ale
2 thin slices of fresh ginger to garnish
Muddle the thick slices of fresh ginger in the bottom of a glass, then add the gin, lemon juice and honey water. Pour into a cocktail shaker, shake and pour over crushed ice in a short tumbler. Top with ginger ale and garnish with the fresh ginger