The perfect bar carts and the essentials you should have on them.

By Maggie Theodora
Photography by Cole Buckhart
Styled by Zach Isler at Mountain Dandy Showroom

The Best Bitters

“Bitters are the salt and pepper of cocktails, and an essential tool for bringing out the flavors you want most in your cocktail,” says Isler. Katie Schneberg, a botanist and herbalist, and Anthony Martino, an artist and designer, founded Bear Root Bitters here in 2017. They use  extracts from locally gathered roots, barks, fruit, leaves, and flowers. From $8, available at Vertical Harvest, 155 W. Simpson Ave., bearrootbitters.com

 

Shake It Up

“Craft bartenders around the world prefer a metal-on-metal shaker setup over the Boston shaker commonly found in home bars,” says Zach Isler, the beverage director/distiller at Jackson Hole Still Works. Find a hand-hammered copper shaker set for sale in Jackson Hole Still Works’ tasting room. $89.99, available at JH Still Works, 3940 S. Eagle View Dr., 307/699-8998, jhstillworks.com

 

Nod To History

“If a client asks for a low-profile piece that can be versatile and mobile and not take away from another hero in the room, Crate & Barrel’s Libations Platinum bar cart is the one,” says interior designer Meaghan Tozzi of Meaghan Tozzi Designs. We like the fact that this cart’s design is inspired by the tea trolleys that were bar carts’ direct predecessors, and love details like black leather-wrapped handles—they soften the cart’s nickel-plated iron finish—and the antique mirror glass bottom shelf. $599, crateandbarrel.com

 

Double Duty

Not everyone needs their bar cart to actually be a cart—i.e., have wheels and be mobile. If this sounds like you, consider McGuire Furniture’s Dornick Side Table. “This piece is reminiscent of hot summer days, with its classic woven shelf and mahogany top,” says Tozzi, who has a background in interior design, art curating, and furniture design. “I could see this as a beautiful bar/side table in a den or office to balance out other hard surfaces like stone. It would add warmth, beauty, and timelessness to a contemporary or classic Jackson home.” $1,195, 307/413-3511, mcguirefurniture.com

 

 

The Repurposed Bar

“I think it’s fun to use a small desk/dresser or other interesting piece of furniture—perhaps antique or rustic—in place of a traditional bar cart,” says Megan Gallagher, director of Jackson Hole Food & Wine, which hosts biannual multi-day food events. (The Winter Fest takes place in late February; the summer one is set for June 20-22, 2019.) “Wheels can be added if necessary, and if you use a dresser or sideboard you can put napkins and bar accessories in the drawers or cabinets.” Price varies, available in your imagination

 

Mix Well

“If you’re taking the time to make a great drink, it is important to use freshly squeezed juice and quality mixers,” Gallagher says. “We like the Fever-Tree line, which has a nice tonic and soda waters in addition to a great ginger beer that makes a delicious Moscow Mule.” From $6, available at Pearl Street Market, 40 W. Pearl Ave., fever-tree.com

Spirit-ual Souvenirs

“Spirits are the perfect souvenir—mementos you can continually enjoy and share,” says John Frechette, who owns Mountain Dandy, MADE, and MD Showroom with Christian Burch. “Jackson Hole Still Works makes a fantastic gin with a uniquely Western take on the traditional London dry style.” From $40, available in local liquor stores as well as at the JH Still Works distillery, 3940 S. Eagle View Dr., 307/699-8998, jhstillworks.com

 

Resource for Recipes

“There are only six cocktails.” The old-fashioned, martini, daiquiri, sidecar, whisky highball, and flip. This is what Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan, the visionaries behind the Manhattan craft cocktail bar Death & Co., believe. The men wrote a 320-page book, Cocktail Codex, about how to perfect each “family.” The Chicago Tribune named the book one of the Top 10 cookbooks of 2018. “Spend a little time with this book and you can’t go wrong,” Frechette says. $40, available at Aspens Market, 4015 N. Lake Creek Dr., Wilson, 307/200-6140

 

Timeless Carts

Brown Jordan is the Rolls Royce of outdoor furniture, but that doesn’t mean its pieces are only suitable for outside. Tozzi is taken with the company’s Quantum Serving Cart because of the fluid lines and the choice of materials. “You could use this piece as a statement in your dining room, kitchen, or study,” she says. From $2,292, 307/413-3511, brownjordan.com

The Perfect Glasses

“Because drinking wine out of a solo cup really changes the experience, we’re big proponents of finding a set of glasses you really love,” Frechette says. Glassblower Ben Dombey (a former local who worked at Trio Bistro and has a Master of Fine Arts degree) became obsessed with creating the perfect rocks glass after a trip to Scotland in 2011. “With their substantial weight and hand- blown form, they complement a whiskey on the rocks like none other,” Frechette says. $60 each, available at Mountain Dandy, 125 N. Cache St., glassblowerben.com

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