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    Updated on Mar 20, 2020. Posted on Feb 15, 2020

    Here's What You Actually Need On Your Home Bar Cart, According To A Mixologist

    A professional mixologist reveals what your bar cart needs so you can make artisan drinks at home.

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    I'd never owned one before, and it has always been the single piece of furniture I desperately wanted. So when I recently moved into a new apartment, buying a bar cart was one of my first priorities. And when my prized bar cart was finally delivered, I was beyond excited to stock and decorate it.

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    BTW, if you're in the market for a bar cart, I got mine from Pottery Barn on sale for $374.

    So I talked to Shannon Tebay, the head bartender at Death & Co., in Alphabet City Manhattan, which is known as one of the best cocktail bars in the whole country. I wanted Shannon to tell me exactly what every cocktail enthusiast should have on their at-home bar cart. Keep reading for some of her tips.

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    Start off with one of each major spirit category, so think: gin, rum, tequila, mezcal, bourbon, rye, scotch, Irish whiskey, brandy, vodka, etc.

    If you love a certain bottle of vodka, gin, or whiskey, go with that. But Shannon recommends buying bottles that are versatile enough to work well in various styles. For instance, Beefeater Gin, she says, is a gin that works well in many different drinks from martinis and negronis to gimlets.

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    Get a bottle of Beefeater London Dry Gin from Drizzly for $36.59.

    Reyka is one very neutral vodka perfect for making cocktails, and for a whiskey, opt for something like Basil Hayden's. For tequila, Casamigos makes a super delicious blanco and mezcal I've been absolutely loving.

    You'll also need some cocktail modifiers, which are basically extra ingredients that add flavor. First order of business is vermouth: Shannon says you'll want a dry vermouth (for martinis), sweet vermouth (for negronis), and blanc vermouth.

    She also suggests buying one herbal liqueur (like Aperol, Campari, or Chartreuse) and one fruity liqueur (maybe Grand Marinier or Saint Germain). With these few ingredients you'll be able to make hundreds of creative twists on classic cocktails, she explains. Think about the kind of drinks you like best and go from there.

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    Buy a bottle of Aperol from Drizzly for $29.99, a bottle of Campari from Drizzly for $37.99, a bottle of Chartreuse from Drizzly for $33.99, a bottle of Grand Marinier from Drizzly for $39.99, and a bottle of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur for $35.99.

    Next up are bitters, a few drops of which add tons a flavor to a drink. Shannon recommends you have Angostura bitters, Peychauds bitters, and some variety of orange bitters on hand. There are so many different bitters out there, so if you're overwhelmed, try Bitter Truth Celery Bitters or Bitter End Moroccan Bitters, two of Shannon's go-tos.

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    Get a bottle of Bitter Truth Celery Bitters from Internet Wines for $19.99 or a bottle of Bitter End Moroccan Bitters from KegWorks for $19.99.

    Now you'll need glasses to serve all those cocktails in, and according to Shannon there are four styles of glassware you should have at home: Rocks glasses, Collins, martini glasses, and coupe glasses.

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    Get a set of two Taylor’d Milestones Glassware rocks glasses from their website for $21.95; a set of 8 martini glasses from Crate and Barrel for $34.95; a set of six Collins glasses from West Elm for $28.80, and a set of four coupe glasses from Anthropologie for $56.

    And finally, you'll need some bar tools. The essential drink-making tools, Shannon explains, are a stirring spoon, a strainer, mixing glasses, a cocktail shakers, a muddler, a jigger, a hand juicer, and a paring knife. Often, most of these tools come in a single handy set.

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    Get a stainless steel bar tools set from Williams Sonoma for $99.95.

    Once you have the essentials, get creative and stock your bar cart with cute accessories like mixology books, cocktail-scented candles, a vase of flowers, or an ice bucket to add personality and a pop of color.

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    Maybe pick up a Rewined Negroni-scented candle from Crate and Barrel for $17.49, a copy of Liquid Intelligence from Amazon for $31.50, or Cocktail Codex (which Shannon says is the best manual for rookie cocktail enthusiasts) from Amazon for $36.

    Ready to build your own bar cart? You can find one at lots of different price ranges.

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    There's this sleek modern gold bar cart from Wayfair for $157.99 or a metalic mirrored version from Target for $102.99.

    And now, let us drink. Cheers!

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