In this week’s bar essential post, we’ve got our eyes on decanters. Both functional and decorative, they add a special touch to a home bar. We love mixing vintage and modern decanters in with liquor bottles.
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Embrace your inner Mad Men and place a few decanters filled with your favorite liquors on a tray for a stylish set-up. Check out Etsy and eBay for vintage options. Here are a few of our favorite decanters…
1. Looking Glass Decanters, Anthropologie 2. Midas Collection, Design Within Reach, 3. Capuchine decanter, Jonathan Adler 4. Blue skyscraper Blenko decanters, 1st Dibs 5. Owen Decanter, Crate & Barrel 6. Gaffer Decanter, Anthropologie,
Truth be told, any proper home bar requires a series of tools to craft the perfect cocktail. The classics include the Hawthorne strainer, the long stirring spoon, the cocktail shaker, the jigger, the muddler and the bar key. To this list, we’ve added a few additions that are must-haves in our book: a microplane for grating fresh nutmeg and cinnamon, a citrus reamer for freshly squeezed juice in a pinch, a peeler for peels and garnishes and 2″ square ice-cube tray, well just because the cubes look cool (and take a slower time to melt).
Zest | Strain | Stir | Shake | Measure | Open | Peel| Ream | Muddle | Chill
If you want to get a little more crafty with your cocktails, we suggest adding a fine strainer for straining pulp, a hand citrus juicer (and a heavy duty one) if you plan on making lots of greyhounds (or Dalmatians), a blender for those frozen concoctions you love, a duel-purpose Boston Shaker and a Japanese Yarai mixing glass well because you’re ready to take your mixology to the next level.
Strain | Juice | Juicer | Yarai Mix | Blend | Boston Mix
If there’s anything you think we’re missing, please drop us a line…
Now that you’ve found your perfect bar cart, before you even think of stocking your bar, pick up some trays in different shapes and sizes. Trust us, these workhorses will keep your bar looking stylish and organized long before any guests arrive.
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Large and modern or small and vintage, trays can be used to corral liquor and glassware. In a pinch they can be used to serve drinks.
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Trays keep everything pulled together and help create an area for “the bar” in small spaces.
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We love to use smaller trays to organize bar utensils and glasses.
Octavia & Brown- photo: Daniel Krieger; Styling: Emily Butler
With so many options out there, here are a few of our favorite trays to help style the bar.
1. Dalhia Platter, HJohn Derian 2. Beautiful Tray, John Derian 3. Samba Round Tray, Crate & Barrel 4. Two’s Company Python Tray 5. Spotted Porcelain Tray in Orange, Furbish Studio 6. Rectangular Tray, West Elm 7. Carnaby Scale Tray, Johnathan Adler 8. Vintage Mirror Tray, Etsy 9. Ikat Butler’s Tray, Decorative Things
Time for cocktails? We’re delighted to see that the home bar, once relegated to back cabinets and shelves has gotten new life recently in the form of bar carts and drink trolleys. We feel strongly that liquor bottles with fantastic packaging, fun vintage glasses and 60s barware should always be out on display.
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Bar carts are an essential building block to any great home bar. Here’s one of ours, an industrial typewriter table dressed up for a party…
(Photo: Daniel Krieger, Styling: Emily Butler)
They’re small and portable and come in so many shapes and textures. Why not roll them from room to room?
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Since we’ve gotten so many requests for bar carts recently, we thought we’d share a few of our favorites…
1. Vintage Goat Skin Drop Leaf 2. Vintage 1970s Lucite and Brass Cart 3. Vintage 1950s Danish Cart Bar 4. Libson Vintage Brass and Glass Table 5. Vintage Art Deco Bar Cart 6. Polished Nickel Bar Cart
Look for more bar cart ideas on our cocktail hour board on Pinterest. Stayed tuned for next week, when we’ll start layering our bar carts with trays…