Don’t get me wrong…I don’t drink a lot, but I love a great cocktail. They’re so elegant, so sophistimicated. Put a cocktail in my hand and I instantly channel Audrey Hepburn…some might say Carrot Top. There’s something so “grown-up” about a cocktail cart in the living room or on the patio. Even if it’s temporary for a get together with friends, a tray with drinks, great glasses and garnishes is such a classy touch.
This article appears in Lonny Magazine‘s February online issue. If you haven’t seen Lonny, it’s a fantastic e-magazine.
Style at Home magazine featured this bar cart in a “high” v “low” segment.
Country Living Magazine featured this lovely hutch set up as a bar.
And then there are all the essentials. The New York Times Style Magazine is another great e-read. Columnist, Toby Cecchini does a great job of writing about stocking bars and various fabulous concoctions. Just remember to collect everyone’s keys before you go bottoms up! It’s always a good idea to call a cab.
1.5 ounces Laird 100-proof Straight Apple Brandy, or 2 ounces Clear Creek Eau de Vie de Pomme
1 ounce fresh lime juice
0.5 to 1 ounce grenadine syrup (adjust according to taste).
Shake over ice and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon or nothing. Serves 1.
1 quart pure pomegranate juice
1/2 pound demerara or other good raw sugar
1 tablespoon rose water (see Note)
1 tablespoon orange-flower water (see Note).
Pour roughly half of the pomegranate juice into a saucepan. Heat over medium, taking care to remove from the flame before it boils. Stir in the sugar until dissolved, then add the other half-quart of juice, the rose water and orange flower water. Mix well and decant into a clean bottle to refrigerate. Adding 2 ounces or so of high-proof vodka or Everclear will allow it to keep longer. Makes 1 quart.
Note: [If you can’t find rose water and orange-flower water], four good-size swaths of orange zest work as well.