by Elise Lim Balmaceda

With homebound happy hour here to stay, a 50’s living room staple, the bar cart makes a comeback. Be your own bartender, and host an intimate holiday cocktail with these happy hour essentials. Here’s how you can get started:

This Almeria Two-Tier Bar Rolling Bar Cart will definitely add an elegant yet glamorous feel to your space. Take advantage and get it in MAV Details’ on-going sale with 40% off on all home accessories and 50% off on all accent furniture until December 23.

Find the right base.

A great bar cart not only serves its purpose of holding your liqueur and glassware, but has the potential to become the focal point of your space as well; and it all starts with finding the right cart.  Look for one that would not only complement your interiors, but add some unexpected flair to your living room too.

Assortment of liquors and spirits from Bacchus Epicerie

Make it personal.

The contents of your cart should include some basics, so be sure to include a good mix of gin, vodka, whisky, rhum, bitters, and cordials. Equally as important, they should cater to your own tastes. When curating your bottle selection with your choice of spirit, consider varying shapes, heights, bottle finishes, and colors. A balance of high and low, unexpected pops of color, and texture, will serve up some style to go with those delicious drinks. 

Vidro goblets, glasses and carafe from Cura V

Don’t forget the glassware.

So while we all love ourselves a good top shelf bottle, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about loving a 151 or El Hombre. Have a glass decanter to hold your liquor (literally), and make it fancy! 

Using the glassware that matches the drink impacts the flavor and overall experience, too. So make sure you have the right mix of glasses based on the cocktails you can make with your spread.

Fresh Lemon, Rosemary Sprigs, Star Anise from Marketplace by Rustan’s ; Wooden Board from MAV Details

Use ingredients as decorative accent pieces.

Along with your bottles and glassware, add in some natural elements that can enhance your drink too— rosebud tea, fresh  fruit,  dehydrated citrus slices, and sprigs of fresh rosemary would round out your spread nicely. That way, your decor turns into a total treat for the senses.

Santa Ana Gin, Plantation Barbados 5-Year Rum, and Beluga Noble Double Russian Vodka from Bacchus Epicerie; Gold Deer Candle Holder from Restoration; Silver Tray and Wooden Board from MAV Details; Red Cherry Tree from Rustan’s Pop-up

In photo: Almeria Two-Tier Rolling Bar Cart and Silver Trays from MAV Details; Liquors and Spirits and Cocktail Tools from Bacchus Epicerie; Vidro Carafe and Glass Flutes, and Goblets from Cura V, Gold Deer Candleholder and Ice Bucket from Restoration; Red CherryTree, Christmas Wreath and Cherry Picks  from Rustan’s Pop-up

Dress it up for the season.

Once your cart is set with your bottles, glassware, and garnishes, go ahead and have fun with it. Change up the look depending on the season or motif of your get-togethers by adding interesting ornaments and accent pieces.

From the base down to the bottles— now that you’ve curated your own mobile bespoke bar, it’s time to get making! Once in a while, we recommend that you go out and have a drink or two,  learn from your bartender, and discover new combinations to recreate at home. Lastly, when in doubt, don’t hesitate to “add to cart.” Santé, kanpai, and holiday cheers to one and all!