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What to Put on a Bar Cart: Top Bar Cart Essentials

Looking to up your game in the home entertainment department? Adding a bar cart to your setup can turn you into the life of the party.

The bar cart is an aesthetically pleasing and functional piece of furniture that can act as a focal point for any room when styled correctly. 

“[It needs] some practical things and some fabulous things," says home accessories designer Joanna Buchanan shared with Better Homes & Gardens magazine. "Your core spirits may stay the same, but it's so easy and fun to curate a new look for your bar cart by switching up the accessories, aperitifs, and flowers."

So what does the ideal DIY bar cart look like? Are there specific bar cart accessories to consider after stocking the essentials? 

Here’s how to stock a bar cart that keeps the party going:

Bar Cart Supplies and Essentials

1. Basic Spirits

Your guests likely have different palates when it comes to alcohol, and you should be able to satisfy everyone. Having a variety of liquor can help you ensure that there’s a drink for all of your friends and family. 

We recommend keeping at least one of the following bottles of each spirit stocked in your bar cart:

  • Whiskey
  • Tequila
  • Rum
  • Gin
  • Vodka

Your liquor should be the shining star of your DIY bar cart. Be sure they are placed front and center on the top shelf.  

2. Cocktail Tools

A bar cart is designed to mimic a traditional bar, which means you should have all of the proper tools needed to make a classic cocktail. Essential tools should live on your bar cart so you don’t have to worry about pacing back and forth to the kitchen when it’s time to put the bartending skills to work. The following tools should be considered bar cart essentials: 

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Bottle opener
  • Jigger
  • Muddler
  • Stirring spoons
  • Strainer
  • Wine opener and stopper 

You may find yourself adding new bar cart accessories over time based on your expertise with bartending, such as something as fancy as a cocktail smoker. But these bar cart essentials will do you justice until then!

3. Mixers

You and your friends may love to dabble in shots, but you should always have mixers to make cocktails! Some of the simple options include:

  • Cocktail syrup
  • Grenadine
  • Soda
  • Sour mix

If you want to turn cocktail-making into a simple task, Flighty Premium Mixers can take care of the work for you! Our Prickly Pear Sour Mixer makes a delicious and easy option for curating an outstanding cocktail. 

4.  Ice Bucket 

Don’t make your guests drink their cocktails at room temperature - make sure your bar cart has an ice bucket with tongs. Don’t forget to match your ice bucket to the rest of your bar cart accessories to ensure uniformity and style. 

5. Glassware

Since you have enough liquor to serve a variety of drinks, make sure you have ample options for glassware as well. Copper cups for Moscow mules, as well as wine, beer, and cocktail glasses, are essential.

6. Ice Bin for Ready Drinks

 Essential cocktail tools

Are you equipped to serve your friends who prefer beer or wine over liquor? Don’t make them run to the fridge for their beverages - add an ice bin to your bar cart instead! Keep this on the bottom shelf for easy access. Fill it with ice and beverages before your friends arrive to ensure their drinks are perfectly chilled and not swimming in melted ice. 

This bin can also come in handy for storage when the bar cart isn’t in use. This is a great place to store your tools and miscellaneous bar cart accessories if you don’t want them out in the open. 

7. Personal Bar Cart Accessories 

Every bar cart needs a personal touch. Don’t forget to add bar cart accessories that add a sense of style and personality to your entertainment furniture. Flowers, potted plants, artwork, and letterboard are a few examples of items that can make your bar cart pop. 

Are you ready to stock your DIY bar cart? With Flighty Premium Mixers, you can ensure you always have the supplies to make your guests a great cocktail. Our cocktail mixer variety pack makes a bar cart essential. Get yours today!