Food

How to Assemble the Perfect Bar Cart

We love a good cocktail, but most of us are clueless when it comes getting ready to make one. The typical goop staffer “bar cart” consists of a random assortment of bottles: three tequilas, one vodka stashed in the freezer, and five different bitters we bought in a fit of excitement, used once, then left to languish in a corner and collect dust.

So we asked Lauren Johnson, Marissa Mandel and Ryan Frick, the owners of Bar & Garden (one of our favorite wine and spirits shops in Los Angeles), to Kon-Mari the at-home bar cart for us: Here, they’ve put together a spirit shopping list, no matter your level cocktail nerdom. And because a good cocktail is made so, so much better with the right tools, we’ve added our favorite glassware, shakers, strainers and jiggers to the goop Home Shop.

THE BAR CART BUILDING BLOCKS

The Booze Basics:

  • Vodka (The goop team likes Tito’s)
  • Gin
  • Bourbon
  • Blended Scotch
  • Rum
  • Tequila
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Dry Vermouth
  • Aromatic Bitters

As Your Mixology Skills Improve, Add:

  • Single Malt Scotch
  • Mezcal
  • Grenadine
  • A Bitter Liqueur (St. George Bruto Americano)
  • An Orange Liqueur or Triple Sec (Ferrand Dry Curacao)
  • A Basic Cocktail Syrup (Cocktail & Sons Spiced Demerara)

To Achieve Dad’s Liquor-Cabinet Status, Invest In:

  • 2nd Single Malt Scotch
  • Orgeat (A necessity for Tiki drinks)
  • Chartreuse
  • Chareau Aloe Liqueur
  • Bloody Mary Mix (Middlebar does a great one)
  • A Variety of Shrubs (Nostrum sells a seasonal 5-pack)

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Get the Party Started

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    Dirty Martini

    This has all the qualities we’ve come to love and expect in a dry, dirty martini.

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  • The Hank

    The Hank

    A decent reposado tequila, fresh squeezed lime and orange juice, and just the right proportions make this drink delicious. It’s a great option for those no-sugar-added types, or after a long night of mixing complicated drinks.

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  • The Way Back When

    The Way Back When

    It’s always good to have a few Old Fashioned variations up your sleeve. The marriage of the yuzu and lavender makes for something citrus-y, floral, and delicious—it also makes this one slightly lighter.

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