Thanksgiving is next week so it is time to get serious about preparing our home for the upcoming holiday season. You can entertain with ease if you spend a bit of time stocking you home with some essentials. A well stocked home bar means you can entertain at the drop of the hat without a mad dash to the store.
Trend setter and interior designer Miles Redd created a list of his recommendations for stacking an old school style bar for House Beautiful. Stock up with his no-nonsense bar essentials and you will be able to pull off any type of entertaining with ease.
SWEET AND DRY VERMOUTH
One bottle each of RED WINE, WHITE WINE, AND CHAMPAGNE
A bag of KETTLE POTATO CHIPS and a can of SMOKED ALMONDS
MIXERS: soda, tonic, ginger ale, 7Up, Coke, Diet Coke, cranberry juice, Clamato juice, tomato juice, Campbell’s beef broth with the pullback tab
FRESH ICE, preferably chipped
A GOOD ICE BUCKET.
AN ICE SCOOP. It works much better than a spoon.
A GLASS STIRRER
TWO COCKTAIL SHAKERS, one open and one closed. A closed one is good for frothy drinks; an open one is good for stirred drinks.
A BOTTLE OPENER
A STRAINER. Good for a poured drink
COCKTAIL NAPKINS. I prefer cloth to paper.
A VARIETY OF GLASSES. A good drink is also about a good glass. If you’re serving martinis, nothing tastes better than a chilled martini glass. The minimum is lowball and highball glasses; martini glasses; wineglasses; and champagne flutes. I like to drink beer out of the bottle.
It is great to have a dedicated space for your barware that is well organized so all your entertaining essentials are close at hand. Our Indochine Bar is part of our popular Red Egg Collection. The collection is inspired by the classic blending of French and Vietnamese during the 1920’s and 30’s.
The bar cart is made of solid cane and woven rattan making it very sturdy yet light weight enough to be move it around the house with ease.