Food & Home

How to Assemble the Perfect Bar Cart

Written by: the Editors of goop


Updated: August 11, 2017


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 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)


Get the Party Started

  • Dirty Martini

    Dirty Martini

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


  • 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.


  • 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.