Food and Drink

6 Simple Steps to Create the Bar Cart of Your Dreams

Get prepared.

As a Melbourneite, with seriously limited square footage and currently living through a seemingly never-ending lockdown, having a bar cart seems very necessary.

However, creating an at-home cocktail station can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not that familiar with the cocktail-making world. With a bit of guidance, building the bar cart of your dreams is not only a great project to fill some time, but it also will allow for creativity to boom come happy hour.

Crafting the perfect bar cart has become a fine art, seemingly only achievable by Pinterest bloggers and lifestyle influencers. But fear not; we’ve created a foolproof guide that’s got function, flair and good old-fashioned practicality that will have you questioning why it took you this long to jump on the bandwagon.

According to Jeremy Allan, Brand Director of Elegance Vodka, these are the 6-steps that will make your drinks trolley go from wishlist to real-life:

The Bar

To make the drinks station last, go for a steel trolley; these have resilience and low maintenance quality. A trolley with brass or gold accents will up the wow-factor, but also requires a polish every now and again to keep it looking shiny. Make sure you choose a size that won’t take up too much space yet will allow you the freedom to serve in style. This depends mostly on the size of your living space. If you live in an apartment space, for example, opt for a smaller trolley—perhaps something vintage—buy quality booze over a large quantity.

The Booze

You’ll want a range of different spirits, liqueurs and vermouths so you can knock up whatever you fancy without leaving the house. The basic spirits for most classics are gin, vodka, tequila, rum and whiskey. You don’t need to have them all, just the ones you prefer or are into at the moment. While a few traditional-looking tipples will work well, add in one or two statement bottles to elevate the aesthetic, such as Elegance Vodka, which is Sydney-distilled and comes in a diamond-shaped bottle made of pure crystal. To take it up a notch even further, a few pre-batched bottled cocktails will add pops of colour, such as the Twisted Shaker range. A sweet vermouth and dry vermouth are also must-haves, if you love classics such as the Negroni, Old Fashioned or Manhattan. A bottle of aperitivo liqueur is also a good idea, such as Campari. If you have a multilevel bar cart, it’s important to use both the top and bottom to balance—too many bottles on one side can make it appear cluttered, so place bottles of similar weights at opposite sides on different levels.

The Glassware

No drinks trolley is complete without glassware, but think carefully about what you will be serving, and stock accordingly. If you enjoy a range of different cocktails then add a selection of rocks glasses (short ones), highballs (tall ones) and martini glasses. Go for two or four of a kind so that you can enjoy them with friends. We love Fazeek and Mon Verre for custom modern glassware. 

The Equipment

A cocktail kit will not only look great on your bar trolley but also make having a drink easier too. The essentials are: a cocktail shaker, a mixing glass, bar spoon, muddler, strainer and jigger. It’s actually more cost-effective to purchase these in a cocktail equipment kit, which you can find here.

The Cocktail Ingredients

Cocktail garnishes may add the finishing touches to your drink, but you can also use them as dĂ©cor as well. A mint plant will liven up the drinks trolley, both visually and through smell, while a bowl of citrus will add some colour. It’s important to have different garnishes to add that final touch to any drink—so think outside the box; artisan salts, spices, chilli and dehydrated flowers

The Styling

Now that you’ve got your basics, it’s time for a shot of style. Colour, pattern and texture all come into play when styling the drinks trolley of your dreams. Think straws and custom coasters, cloth cocktail napkins and vintage bar accessories. Fresh flowers or greenery are always a good idea too—bringing the outdoors in and adding a dose of colour. Finally, don’t forget your favourite cocktail recipe or coffee table-style book. Stack a few on the lower level or use them as a base to elevate a particularly pretty bottle.

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Red Rooster Is Serving Free Chicken and Piping Hot Cash This Christmas in July

Get your early dose of festive cheer.

Red Rooster Christmas in July
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The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.

From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.

Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.

Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit Red Rooster’s Christmas in July to see all the deals.

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