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How to Stock Your Bar Cart for the Holidays

By Liz Petoniak / Photography By Michael Fornataro | Last Updated December 01, 2015
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Stock up on spirits and spring for seasonal décor to assemble a bar cart that will serve you — and your guests — for every holiday gathering.

The holidays, and the surge of parties that come along with them, are in full swing. Prepare your bar cart for the seasonal soirées ahead by decking it out with all the fixings and stylish barware. Local shops like Von Walter & Funk in Lawrenceville are brimming with a variety of new and vintage shakers, swizzle sticks, decanters, ice buckets, stainless steel straws, platters, coasters, and chic coupe glasses. To go the extra mile as a stellar host, add fresh flowers, sparkly décor, and mixed metals for guests to admire as they mull over their drink decisions. When it comes to the drinks themselves, first and foremost, we recommend devising a plan of action. Stock up on the essential liquors — whiskey, gin, vodka, tequila, and rum — plus mixers, and allow visitors to have at it. Mix up a festive punch prior to the party, create a signature cocktail, or write a miniature menu backed by an arsenal of key recipes. Then, consider the special touches that deliver added flair. Never underestimate the power of fresh fruit — lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit can go a long way. Making simple syrup infused with herbs and spices like cinnamon, cloves, rosemary, nutmeg, or anise ahead of time serves as another quick, easy way to incorporate wintertime flavors. And, accoutrements such as cinnamon sticks, fresh sprigs of rosemary, Luxardo cherries, and cranberries for garnish will surely impress partygoers. Gather inspiration for your mini cocktail menu from these festive and fun libations, all guaranteed to lift the spirits of even the biggest Scrooge!

Von Walter & Funk, 5210 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.784.0800. vonwalterandfunk.com.   

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