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How to Stock a Summer Bar Cart

How to Stock A Summer Bar Cart | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Warm weather has arrived and summer is in full swing! Welcome the sunny season and prep for summer shindigs galore by stocking the perfect bar cart. Read on for a list of summer bar cart essentials and a few summer cocktail recipes to add to your repertoire!

Choose a Bar Cart

Make a statement by choosing a stylish bar cart as your base.

Top Left: White Roll Trolley / Top Right: Off-White Juno Bar Cart / Bottom: Capucine Luxembourg Bar Cart

Stock It Up!

Our friends as Berkshire Mountain Distillers helped compile this list of must-have bar cart staples so you’ll always prepared for summer get-togethers!

Liquor

Whip up just about any cocktail with this variety of liquor recommendations from Berkshire Mountain Distillers.

Ice Glen Vodka

Ethereal Gin

Ragged Mountain Rum

New England Corn Whiskey

Berkshire Bourbon

Round out your liquor selection with a great scotch and Tequila. BMD recommends Macallan Scotch and Casamigos Blanco Tequila.

 

Bitters

Adding a dash of these highly-concentrated tinctures can add complex flavors and balance to most cocktails! Try coffee, falernum and wormwood bitters to start.

 

Aperitifs

Aperol: A slightly alcoholic, bitter orange Italian aperitif
Compari: A fruit and herb-infused Italian aperitif
Vermouth: An aperitif used in popular drinks like dry martinis and Manhattans. Berkshire Mountain Distillers recommends Carpano Antica.

 

Odds & Ends

Don’t forget these bar cart essentials:

  1. Cocktail Shaker
  2. Vegetable Peeler
  3. Muddler
  4. Jigger
  5. Strainer
  6. A classic, uncomplicated cocktail book. We like this one!
  7. Lemons, limes, olives, cherries, simple syrup, herbs for garnish
  8. Glasses: Rocks, martini, highball… BMD suggests Cocktail Kingdom for barware.

How To Stock a Summer Bar Cart | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

 

Summer Cocktail Recipes

These must-try recipes are delicious and oh-so-summery!

 

Cucumber Fizz

2 slices of thickly cut cucumber

1½ oz Ice Glen Vodka

½ oz St. Germain

½ oz lemon juice

½ oz simple syrup*

Soda water

Cucumber slice, mint or lemon

 

-Muddle cucumber and lemon.

-Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a Collins glass with fresh ice.

-Top with soda water. Garnish with a cucumber slice, mint or lemon.

*Simple syrup is optional. Try making one without it and add if desired.

How To Stock A Summer Bar Cart | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

 

French 75

1 oz Greylock or Ethereal Gin

¾ oz Simple syrup

½ oz fresh lemon juice

Champagne

Lemon twist

 

-Shake all ingredients (except champagne) with ice and strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with champagne. Garnish with lemon twist.

How To Stock A Summer Bar Cart | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

 

Strawberry Ginger highball

1½ oz Ragged Mountain Rum

¾ oz fresh lemon juice

¾ oz Simple Syrup

2 fresh strawberries

2 Slices of ginger

Ginger beer

 

-Muddle one strawberry and one slice of ginger in mixing glass.

-Shake remaining ingredients (except ginger beer) with ice and strain into a Collins glass with fresh ice.

-Top with ginger beer. Garnish with strawberry and mint.

How To Stock A Summer Bar Cart | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

 

Vodka Thyme Lemonade from Jean Georges – Annie’s favorite summertime cocktail!

3 Lemon Wedges

Granulated Sugar

2 oz Ice Glen Vodka (Jean Georges used Ketel One Citroen but we love it with BMD Vodka).

2 oz Lemon-Thyme Syrup

1 Splash Club Soda

1 Sprig Fresh Thyme, preferably lemon thyme

 

-Run 1 lemon wedge over the rim of a 12 oz highball glass; dip the rim into sugar. Reserve the lemon wedge.

-Put the remaining 2 lemon wedges in a cocktail shaker. Muddle hard, breaking the lemon skins to release their oils. Add Syrup, Vodka and Ice. Cover and shake.

-Pour the mixture into the sugar-rimmed highball glass, lemon wedges and all.

-Top off with club soda, the squeeze the reserved lemon wedge over before dropping it into the glass. Garnish with the thyme sprig and serve immediately.

How To Stock A Summer Bar Cart | Annie Selke's Fresh American Style

Lemon-Thyme Syrup (Makes 1 cup)

¾ cup sugar

1 small bunch fresh thyme, preferably lemon thyme (1/2 ounce)

-In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup water and the sugar to boiling, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the thyme, remove from the heat, and let stand until cool. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to extract as much liquid as possible. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

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