How to Stock the Perfect Bar Cart

Alex and I decided to stock our bar cart as an early wedding anniversary gift to each other this year. We're not very traditional when it comes to gift-giving (last year we got Aengus) and we're horrible at keeping secrets from each other so it seemed like a good fit. We went to the liquor store on a whim on Friday after work and decided since we were there we'd go all in! We've never had a fully stocked bar cart since we've been married so the summer seemed like a good time to finally fill it with all our favorites. Our bar cart was a wedding gift from our friends Christine and Autumn. I absolutely love it! It fits our style so well. We've always had a bottle or two of whiskey, a cocktail guide book, and way too many growlers and beer glasses on hand but it was lacking the staples.

Before you get started, the first thing to remember is that you should only stock your bar with liquor you enjoy drinking! It can get expensive and you won't want to waste it. Of course you'll have people over from time to time that you want to impress, but let them bring their own bottles! Some of our favorite liquors are really cheap while others stretch our pockets a bit more. All that matters is that you have fun mixing!

Here's what you'll need to stock your bar cart:

Vodka
High WireDistilling Co. Hometown Vodka
Burnett's Sweet Tea Vodka

Gin
Anchor Old Tom Gin
St. George Gin

Whiskey and/or Bourbon
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
High West Campfire Whiskey

other favorites: Old Forester, Knob Creek, Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey, Jameson, and Nikka Pure Malt (can you tell this is our favorite liquor?)

Rum
British Navy Pusser's Rum
Captain Morgan Parrot Bay Coconut Rum

Tequila
Olmeca Altos 100% Agave Reposado Tequila
Espolon Tequila Blanco

Mixers
Dolin Vermouth
Fever-Tree Tonic Water
or Jack Rudy Classic Tonic
Club Soda
Ginger Ale
Coca-Cola
Grapefruit Juice
Cranberry Juice
Tomato Juice

Garnishes
lemons
limes
olives
salt
hot sauce
ice

Tools
Cocktail Shaker
Jigger
Muddler
Bar Spoon
Strainer
Bottle Opener
Corkscrew
assorted glasses
your favorite drink recipes

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Now that you've got the basics, it's time to mix your favorite drinks!

Here are ours:

His-- Gin & Tonic, Old Fashioned
Her-- Classic Margarita, Whiskey Sour, Tom Collins, Dark n Stormy, Paloma

What's your favorite drink? Leave us some recipes to try out this summer in the comments!