It’s that time of year again. The booze is flowing and the holiday parties are nonstop. In light of the festivities, I’ve concocted a holiday cocktail recipe and shared my tips for styling a bar cart. ‘Tis the season, right?
Cranberry Mimosa Recipe
- St. Germain
- Cranberry juice cocktail
- Fresh cranberries for garnish
- Pour champagne into champagne flutes two-thirds up, add a dash of St. Germain and fill the rest with cranberry juice. Garnish with cranberries.
Bar cart necessities
- Champagne flutes… This is the first item I wanted to add to my bar cart. I saw these champagne flutes by Bunny Williams for Ballard Designs last season and just adored them. The confetti-like gold specs are so fun and the taller flute makes room for what’s important—the bubbly.
- Tools… The necessary items for any bar cart. Lenox has a collection called Reindeer games (fitting name, no?) which includes a jigger, bottle opener and wine stopper.
- The bubbly… Always have a bottle of champagne on hand, especially during the holidays.
- Decoration… Red berry branches are festive without making a mess (I did consider pine cones or a small tree, but I’d like to keep needles out of the cocktails). Place the branches in a tall, thin vase and they barely take up any space. They add height and color to the cart.
- Bar cart… Chairish has hundreds of vintage bar carts on its site and I fell in love with this one—it goes perfectly with my silver and gold theme.
- Cocktail napkins… So many options! There are plenty of festive cocktail napkins in stores and online. I found these online at Hi Sweetheart and then found them again while I was at Gracious Home, fancy that.
- Shaker… Martha Stewart really is the queen of entertaining. She has a shaker with cocktail recipes etched into it, leaving little room for error. Even better, it’s on sale at Macy’s.
- Tray… There are plenty of small items on the bar cart so a tray helps keep things organized. I love this one by Julia Buckingham for Global Views.
- Ice Bucket… I couldn’t resist adding this pineapple ice bucket to the cart. Another Chairish find!
- More tools… Anthropologie has these festive sleigh bell stirrers and chic corkskrew.
- Books… A stack of books adds some personality to the cart. I chose Holidays on Ice, a collection of humorous Christmas essays by David Sedaris, and Winter Cocktails, 100+ seasonal drink recipes (think hot toddies, mulled wine and bourbon eggnog) by Maria del Mar Sacasa.
- Bowls… Whether you’re rimming the glasses with salt or serving candied pecans, I find that small bowls always find their way onto a bar cart. Christofle‘s Vertigo three-part silver dish is elegant and timeless.