Posted January 27, 2017

Tips for the Essential Bar Cart


Just so you know, we’re big fans of bar carts. Fun, portable, organized – whatever the occasion, having a well-stocked bar cart at hand makes playing bartender that much better. Here to share their expertise is the Kimpton bar team, who gave us the scoop on their favorite must-haves.

lad_ot_032Tools of the Trade

  • Shaker Tin “Without a shaker tin, cocktails with syrups and/or fruit juices just won’t be properly mixed. Koriko makes a nice weighted tin that helps to get a good hard shake, creating air bubbles and the perfect dilution.”
    Jen Keyser, Chief of Bar Operations at Geraldine’s
  • Hawthorn Strainer “For a basic home bar, the hawthorn strainer (the springy guy) is great as it fits both a shaker tin and mixing glass.”
    Benjamin Harris, Head Bartender at Pennyroyal
  • Ice “I highly recommend a large cube or sphere ice mold for those who enjoy a good bourbon or single malt.” – Randy Spence, Head Bartender at The Katharine
  • Glassware and Punch Bowl “Invest in a nice personal punch bowl, as well as cocktail, beer and wine glasses.” – Gen Longoria, Heat Bartender at The Outsider
  • Jiggers (1-oz. and 2-oz.), Mixing Glass + Bar Spoon, Hand Citrus Juicer and Muddler
Gen makes a mean cocktail.jpg

Keep in Stock

  • Spirits “Price does not always dictate quality when it comes to spirits. The best way to know if something is delicious is to taste it.” – Jess Lambert, Head Bartender at Vol. 39
    • London Dry Gin (Beefeater), Whiskey (Four Roses Kentucky Bourbon), Tequila (Herradurra), Vodka, Light or Dark Rum
  • Liqueurs
    • Sweet Vermouth (Carpano Antica, keep refrigerated), Dry Vermouth (Noilly Prat, keep refrigerated), Cointreau, Dry Curaçao (Pierre Ferrand), Mezcal

Randy, Benjamin, Dan Rook, Head Bartender at South Water Kitchen and Brendan Dorr, Head Bartender at B&O American Brasserie

lad_ot_031Necessary Extras

  • Simple Syrups and Unique Sweeteners “The point of having a home bar is experimentation in a lab of your own. In my opinion, maple syrup is better with whiskey than with pancakes.” – Randy
  • Highball Mixers “I always keep soda water, a nice tonic (Fever Tree is my go-to), cola, ginger ale/beer and lemon-lime soda.” – Benjamin
  • tre_br_001Angostura Bitters – “Bitters are like the salt and pepper of the cocktail world. They make things more rounded out and add that extra kick.” – Jen

For Entertaining

  • Fresh Citrus “I make it a point to always pick up a couple of lemons, limes, oranges and a grapefruit when I shop.” – Jess
  • Fresh Herbs “Mint is a mainstay, but basil and rosemary always provide a nice earthy undertone when used appropriately.” – Randy
  • kat_br_006 (1)Eggs “If you want to impress your friends, use eggs to whip up a proper sour or flip. You’ll blow their minds!” – Benjamin
  • Sparkling Wine “One last thing, always have a sparkling wine chilled in your fridge. You never know when you might be celebrating something!”

Champagne Cart.jpg– Meredith Black


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  1. Mln says:

    Where is that bar cart in the last photo from? It’s exactly what I’m looking for!

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      We’re glad it caught your eye! It was custom sourced for one of our bars. Apologies that we can’t provide more of a lead!

  2. denise weinstein says:

    Love this! Thanks for the perfect tips

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