9 Ways to Elevate Your Home Bar
Virtual happy hours are quickly becoming a moment of solace, without having to leave your house! With the click of a button, you can be reunited (virtually) with your friends or family, and cheers with DIY’d cocktails. Sure, it may not be the same as meeting up in person, but it’s a close second when it comes to feeling connected.
We think that cocktails taste even better when served chilled in front of a laptop or smartphone in your favorite lounge clothes!
So, in the spirit of spirits and sharing a drink (or two) over Zoom, we found everything you’ll need to have happy hour at home! Because we obviously think everyone should feel at home in their home...whether enjoying a cocktail or mocktail!
1. Start With The Cart
A good at-home bar starts from the ground up. Literally: you’ll need the actual cart first. Luckily, there are plenty of bar cart styles to choose from, and it’s easier than ever to find one that suits your interior. This Mid-Century Bar Cart from West Elm recalls the clean-lined aesthetic of the 1950s and '60s.
2. Grab The Tools
Channel your inner mixologist for your virtual cocktail hour with this Deco Barware Collection from West Elm, complete with all you need to make that tasty drink.
3. The Golden Ice Bucket
The warmth and richness of gold is unmatched, and this ice bucket from Williams Sonoma brings the precious metal's brilliant charm to entertaining, virtually of course. The golden tongs will make you feel extra fancy over Zoom, goodbye frozen fingers!
4. "Tipsy" Glasses
A CB2 exclusive, these handblown martini glasses by Jennifer Fisher are a must-have and will keep your cocktails from spilling, thanks the angled bowl and straight-sided wall. So, you don't have to worry about your drink getting tipsy when you get tipsy!
5. Glass Decanters
For the whiskey and wine connoisseurs, make an impression with these shapely glass decanters with natural wood sculptural spheres as stoppers.
6. Essential Liquors
At least one bottle of each of the six base liquors will create a well-rounded bar. These are the foundations for the majority of cocktails. Also, stocking a good selection of these will ensure you can mix up almost any cocktail on a whim after a long day of working from home.
Alcohol is not a necessary ingredient for group video hangouts, of course. Seedlip is the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit, solving the ever-growing dilemma of ‘what to drink when you’re not drinking ®’.
There are currently three different flavor profiles of Seedlip: Garden 108 - A herbal blend of hand-picked Peas & traditional garden herb distillates, Spice 94 - An aromatic & complex blend of All Spice, bark & citrus distillates, and Grove 42 - A zesty and warm blend of Orange, Lemongrass & Ginger.
We suggest Seedlip always to be mixed with tonic, soda, ginger ale, or as the base in cocktails.
8. Record Coasters
Kick back with the classics! Made from reclaimed records, these coasters will look great on your coffee table (show them off on your virtual happy hour), or make as a great gift for your music loving friends.
9. Composite Agate Cheese Board
You're going to need something to go with those amazing homemade cocktails! Crafted from pieces of natural agate, this stunning serving board is a colorful perch for charcuterie, hors d'oeuvres, and more!
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