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HOW TO STOCK THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY BAR CART SERIES – I’ve Got You Covered!

ultimate holiday bar cart series

ULTIMATE HOLIDAY BAR CART SERIES

I’m absolutely certain that my How to Stock the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart Series is completely comprehensive.  And that means you’ll have all the information and recipes you’ll need to create your very own Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart.

Be sure to check out Part One if you missed it:  How to Stock the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart – Part One.

I’m going to kick this off with just the FIRST of the several FREE PRINTABLE PDF’S that I’ve included in PART TWO of this series!

 

4-PAGE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY BAR CART GUIDE – Download & Print!

You’ll need to check out my four-page Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart Guide for yourself! 

ultimate holiday bar cart guide

It’s chock full of great information you’ll need to help create your own “ultimate holiday bar cart”.  And you don’t have to build it all at once either.

I slowly put together my bar cart’s spirit and specialty liquor collection over a period of time and numerous parties.  Let’s face it, it can get expensive!

  • I’ve used *STARS* next to the items on the lists that have recipes included in either Part One or Part Two of the How to Stock the Ultimate Bar Cart series.  Some recipes appear in the IFAFL Recipe Index too! 

 

ultimate holiday bar cart series

ULTIMATE HOLIDAY BAR CART SERIES

Here’s one thing to tell you what’s included in an ultimate holiday bar cart, but I say, always give them MORE!  I’ll never leave you hanging gals!  If I say you might want to include Lemon Drop Cocktail Mixer by the Pitcher, I’ll give you the recipe!  

lemon drop cocktail recipe

If I have a fabulous cocktail garnish idea, you get the recipe.  I want to help make your holiday entertaining super-festive.  When entertaining in my home, I always try to include my “personal homemade touches” to make my guests feel extra-special!

You’ll be “that gal” who always has a fabulous “trick up her sleeve”!  And who doesn’t want to be “her”?

I’LL TELL YOU HOW TO GET YOUR OWN COPY OF MY ULTIMATE HOLIDAY BAR CART SERIES GUIDE PDF AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

Was someone just talking about a fabulous homemade cocktail garnish recipe?  Why, yes, and here’s a simple one you’re going to love!

 

SPICY SHRIMP SKEWERS FOR BLOODY MARY COCKTAILS

I am not a huge fan of plain tomato juice, but my Big Batch Bloody Mary Mix Recipe and Cocktail Garnishes For Entertaining A Crowd  gives me a reason to pour myself a Bloody Mary at brunch gatherings.  I will admit that I ultimate holiday bar cart seriesmostly drink them so I can eat the cocktail garnish!

Here’s what I do with a little ‘ole shrimp to elevate its cocktail garnish status:

  • 1/2 lb. raw shrimp, peeled with tails left on
  • 2 Tbsp. seafood seasoning (Old Bay, etc.)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • One Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • large chunks of pickled okra
  • half-moon lemon slices

 

In a 1 quart saucepan combine water and seasonings over medium-high heat and cover.  Once the mixture comes to a boil, add the shrimp, stir well, cover and cook until JUST FIRM TO THE TOUCH. 

NAN’S TIP:  Watch carefully, they can overcook in just a few moments. Don’t wait for the water to come back to a boil! That’s the best way to have rubbery shrimp!

Drain liquid, cool and chill until ready to assemble skewers.  You can do the skewers long in advance and keep covered in the refrigerator once the shrimp have chilled.

ASSEMBLY:  On a 4-5 inch skewer, place one cooked shrimp, a large chunk of pickled okra and a half-moon slice of lemon.  Viola!  A fabulous garnish for your next pitcher of Bloody Mary’s! (see pic above)

 

WHAT BAR GLASS DO I USE FOR A MANHATTAN? – Your total guide to what glass to use for what cocktail!

What kind of comprehensive Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart series would this be without a detail bar glass summary!

ultimate holiday bar cart series

Wondering which wine glasses to use? Which glass for which drink when it comes to highball, rocks or specialty drinks? Learn how to select the correct type of beverage glassware, whatever your libation, with this handy-dandy guide.

 

WHY USE DIFFERENT TYPES OF GLASSWARE?

Different glassware has evolved in order to make each kind of drink better.  It may be that you have a perfectly measured cocktail, but the size of the mouth can help release the aromas.

You might have a wonderful new liquor in your hand, but once in a drinking glass it can be warmed, or stay cool, by the design of the glass.

Enhanced aromas and correct temperatures are two key factors to improving the drinking experience, says Bottleneck Management’s website.  I concur!

 

ultimate holiday bar cart series

 

HERE’S THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT GLASSWARE TO USE, AND WHEN

Courtesy of Bottleneck Management’s informative website:

red wine glass drawing(1) Red Wine Glass
Glassware for red wine should have a larger, rounder bowl in order to swirl the wine easily and help aerate it. A long stem will also keep the hand away from the drink in order to prevent it becoming too warm.  Examples: Pinot Noir, Syrah.

(2) White Wine Glasswhite wine glass drawing
White wine glasses will have a smaller mouth area, and therefore a smaller surface area to aerate, so that wine does not oxidize too fast. This is in order to retain the lighter, more delicate notes that white wines will generally have.  Examples: Chardonnay, Sauvignon.

champagne flute drawing(3) Flute Glass
Sparkling wine needs even less surface area, as this will help preserve the bubbles and stop it from going flat too quickly. Hence, the flute glass, with its tall, thin bowl and small mouth. Also used for Champagne cocktails.  Examples: Champagne, Prosecco, Bellini.   *Check out my post on PEACH PUREE FOR BELLINI COCKTAILS in Beverages

(4) Cocktail Glassold fashion glass drawing

The classic, traditional cocktail glass is an inverted cone bowl, which can come in a variety of sizes, usually around 3 to 6 ounces. It is used to serve cocktails without ice, or ‘up.’ Its shape evolved from the fact that all traditional cocktails would have interesting aromas, and the large mouth allows the nose of the drinker to get close to the surface of the drink and fully enjoy its scent and taste.  Examples: Martinis, Cosmopolitan, Brandy Alexander, Kamikaze.

 

NOT ALL BAR GLASSES HAVE STEMS…

tall collins glass drawing(5) Highball Glass
A highball glass is a glass tumbler used to serve ‘tall’ cocktails and other mixed drinks that contain a large proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer, and are poured over ice. It is often used interchangeably with the Collins Glass, although the highball glass is shorter and wider in shape.
Examples: Dark ‘N’ Stormy, Bloody Mary, Mojito, gin & tonic.

(6) Lowball Glass
The lowball glass, Old Fashioned glass, or rocks glass, are all names for a short tumbler with a solid base which holds around 6 to 8 ounces of liquid. A solid base aids with drinks which require ‘muddled’ ingredients. These low glasses can also be used for serving a neat pour of liquor. Examples: Old Fashioned, Negroni, White Russian.

irish coffee mug drawing(7) Irish Coffee Glass
Hot cocktails such as an Irish Coffee or a Hot Toddy are best served in an Irish Coffee glass, which is made with heat-resistant glass and has a handle attached, to enable you to hold the drink comfortably.

(8) Hurricane Glasshurricane glass drawing
The Hurricane cocktail, developed by New Orleans tavern owner Pat O’Brien in the 1940s, was first poured into hurricane lamp-shaped glasses; hence the name. The drink and the name stuck, and it has been a mainstay in the French Quarter ever since.

martini glass drawing(9) Martini Glass
Martinis were originally served in cocktail glasses (above), but the drink evolved into a variety of vodka-based ‘tinis’ through the ’90s, and the serving sizes grew. Martini glasses differ from the traditional cocktail glass by generally having a larger bowl and being fully conical at the bottom.  **Check out my post on Everything You Need to Know About Rambutans – it’s got a fabulous recipe for Rambutini’s!

 

SPECIALTY GLASSES AREN’T NECESSARY, BUT ARE NICE TO HAVE

(10) Margarita Glassmargarita glass drawing
Another specialty drink with its own unique glassware, Margaritas were traditionally served in a margarita glass; a “stepped-diameter variant of a cocktail glass.” These may be rarely seen in general bars and homes, as it has become the norm to serve margaritas in many other vessels, from pint glasses to double Old Fashioned glasses.

(11) The Glencairn Whisky Glass
This specialty piece was developed by Glencairn Crystal Ltd. with the purpose of getting the maximum flavors when drinking whisky. It derives from traditional nosing glasses used by master blenders, borrowing the wide bowl to show off the color and help expose the aromas, but instead uses a tapered mouth to allow easier drinking.

snifter glass drawing(12) Snifter Glass
The snifter glass has a very short stem which is supposed to be cradled in the hand, helping warm the drink it contains. The large bowl allows the drink to be swirled, and a shorter mouth traps aromas and allows the drinker to enjoy a more prominent smell as they sip. Mostly used for brown spirits, such as brandy and whisky.

Can you believe how complicated serving cocktails, wine and beer in the correct glassware can be?  Thank goodness you have Ingredients For A Fabulous Life to give you a hand, right?

 

CHECK OUT SOME OF THE FABULOUS INDIVIDUAL POSTS IN THIS SERIES:

 

Gibson Martini Magic – Easy Vermouth Spiked Cocktail Onionsrambutini for ultimate holiday bar cart series

20 Infused Vodkas and Flavored Vodka Cocktails

Amaretto Liqueur Recipe & Amaretto Eggnog Cocktail

Big Batch Chocolate Brandy Alexander Cocktail Recipe

Everything You Need To Know About Rambutans & How To Use Them

 

BAR TOOLS AND “LITTLE EXTRAS” FOR YOUR ULTIMATE HOLIDAY BAR CART

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Long bar spoon
  • Shot glasses
  • Bottle opener
  • Wine opener
  • Swizzle sticks
  • Cocktail napkins
  • Ice bucket & tongs/scoop
  • Muddler paddle
  • Decorative toothpicks/umbrellas
  • Sharp knife & plastic cutting board
  • Bar towel
  • Wine Decanter
  • Decorative wine stoppers

 

SPARKLING RIMMING SALT AND SUGAR FOR COCKTAILS

sparkling rimming salts and sugarsPosts on how to stock the ultimate holiday bar cart would be lacking if I forgot Sparkling Rimming Salt and Sugar.

Cocktails like Margaritas and Lemon Drops demand their cocktail glass rims be adorned with a crunchy sipping experience.  

I don’t own one of those nice covered containers for rimming salt that you can buy in the store.

I’ve always made my own.  So I had to figure out a way to dip my glass rims in Sparkling Rimming Salt and Sugar without one!

  • Use a plate that is a bit larger than your glass rims
  • Place a ramekin in the center and pour your sparkling rimming salt or sugar around it.  Gently shake the plate to spread the mixture around the plate.
  • Remove the ramekin and you’re ready to dip your moistened glass rims.  (swipe rim with a cut lemon or lime wedge)

 

PRINTABLE PDF RECIPE CARD – SPARKLING RIMMING SALT AND SUGAR

sparkling rimming salts and sugars recipe

I’ve been so inspired this holiday season that I couldn’t resist creating a fun and festive PRINTABLE PDF “RECIPE CARD” for my Sparkling Rimming Salt and Sugar.   I hope you enjoy it, as I had a blast designing it for you.

Click on the image to download your Sparkling Rimming Salts and Sugars recipe card.

 

SPARKLING RIMMING SALT AND SUGAR MAKE FABULOUS HOLIDAY GIFTS

Use pretty containers and jars to package up your Sparkling Rimming Salts and Sugars to display on your bar cart with your rimming plates. 

They make a fabulous gift when visiting family or friends during the holidays too!

You can even attach a cute little spoon with some plaid ribbon to make an adorable holiday package.  I think a customized label would be a nice touch.sparkling rimming salt and sugar labels

So, in typical Lifestyle Diva fashion, I decided to create some  PRINTABLE LABELS FOR MY FABULOUS IFAFL EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS AS A THANK YOU GIFT!

Don’t you just love those bow ties?

I’ll tell you how to get your own copy of these adorable labels and more fabulous New Year’s Eve Printables later in this post.

 

WELL, THAT’S A WRAP FOLKS!

Whew! I can’t believe the shear amount of information I’ve put together for my How to Stock the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart series!  Talk about a comprehensive holiday bar cart guide! 

I spent much time researching all the elements that would need to be a part of the most comprehensive bar cart posts on the internet.  And, I do believe that I’ve accomplished that task, and with a few recipes to spare!

 

WHAT WILL YOUR SIGNATURE COCKTAIL BE THIS SEASON?

amaretto liqueur in a snifter with almonds in bowlI can’t help myself, I just love hearing all about how everyone entertains in their own homes and what kind of parties they attend.  I’m just a curious gal!

What kind of entertaining will you be doing in your home this year?  My how to stock the ultimate holiday bar cart posts gave you everything you need to know.

Now, what will your bar cart be serving this holiday season?  

Have you checked out all the great cocktail garnish ideas and recipes in the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart series yet?  Don’t miss out!  I’ve put together an amazing list for you to try.  Which ones will you try out this year?

What is your favorite cocktail?  I’d have to say my favorite “sipping’ cocktail is an Amaretto Sour! They are an easy pitcher cocktail and a real crowd-pleaser!  Many people haven’t tried one, but once they do, it becomes one of my most requested repeats!

HERE’S THE LINK TO MY POST ON HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN AMARETTO LIQUOR!

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE PRINTABLES – Up Your Hostess Game!

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Don’t forget to download these fabulous New Year’s Party Printables to help make your soiree a festive greeting to the New Year!

  • Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart Guide
  • Cocktail “Bow tie” Drink Name Tagsbow tie drink name tags
  • “Happy New Year’s” Garland
  • NYE Champagne Bottle Wrappers
  • NYE Party Photo Props

 

Want your own set of all the fabulous NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY PRINTBLES? 

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