One bar cart, three ways — all it took to go from simple to stunning was a can of gold spray paint. And then the real fun began.
Bar carts are back, but you don’t need to spend a fortune to create one with style and personality.
Instead of paying up to $400 for a gold cart, Julianne Bugg purchased a white cart for $40 and spray painted it gold. Spray paint, a little ingenuity and 30 minutes on a wind-free afternoon turned the cart into a solid gold success. To help prevent scratches, she topped it off with a clear coat after it was dry.
Some items for a bar cart are a must – think ice bucket, glasses, cocktail tools and booze, of course. The rest is up to you. Choose a theme and roll with it.
For color, pattern and texture, accessorize with plants, books, cocktail napkins, fresh fruit, desserts, lamps, vases and quirky décor.
- 2 ounces Brooklyn Gin
- 3/4 ounce Cocchi Americano
- 1/4 ounce Schladerer pear brandy
- 1/4 ounce Licor 43
- 2 dashes Scrappy’s lime bitters
- Lemon peel for garnish
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
- Fresh blackberries
- 1 ounce Armagnac
- 1/2 ounce Ruby Port
- 1/2 ounce Benedictine
- 1/2 ounce (2:1) vanilla syrup
- 3/4 ounces lemon juice
- Powdered sugar
Muddle 5 blackberries in a shaker. Add remaining ingredients to the shaker with some crushed ice. Shake and pour unstrained into a tall glass. Top with more crushed ice and garnish with blackberries and powdered sugar.
- 2 ounces Mount Gay Black Barrel rum
- 1/4 ounce Pedro Ximenez sherry
- 1 teaspoon (2:1) vanilla syrup
- 1 dash Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange twist.