These bar accessories will add a professional touch to your home bar
The Libations Brass Bar Cart is a centerpiece that adds utility and sparkle to a living room or dining room. It measures 33 inches wide, 14 inches deep, and 32½ inches high and features a clear tempered glass shelf on top, an antique mirrored shelf below, leather-wrapped handles, and rubber wheels. It sells for $699 at Crate and Barrel in DC’s Spring Valley neighborhood (202-364-6100, crateandbarrel.com).
Each drink looks like an exotic concoction when served in a fun tiki glass. Crafted of heavy, lead-free crystal, Viski’s 14-ounce tumblers feature strong lines and deep cuts, with a heavy base and smooth rim. Buy a set of two for $26 at Red Orchard in Bethesda (301-571-7333, redorchard.com).
A perfect martini is a snap with the sleek Harrison cocktail shaker. It holds 26 ounces, stands 8¾ inches tall, and has a tight-fitting lid to prevent drips and a tapered base for a good grip. Find it for $39.50 (monograms are extra) at Pottery Barn in Bethesda (301-654-1598, potterybarn.com).
Tools of the trade
Keep all your bar tools at the ready with a kit that includes a black walnut cutting board, a bar knife for slicing fruits and herbs, a channel knife for making fancy twists and a peeler for making twists. toppings. The Crafthouse bar tool set sells for $100 at West Elm at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda (301-230-7630, westelm.com).
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Pretty cocktail napkins are a seasonal staple on a cart. Adorned with a multicolored fish print, they fit neatly into a decorative 5¾-inch square box made from recycled sand-cast aluminum, and even come with a weighted fish of the same material. Find the Mariposa Shimmer Fish Pearl Towel Box for $49.50 at Monet’s Cottage in Rockville (301-279-2422, cottagemonet.com).
In the mix
Surprise your guests with a fancy, flavorful drink at home with these handcrafted cocktail syrups from Washington, DC-based Pratt Standard Cocktail Co. Pre-ban style mixers are available in flavors such as Bitter Lemon, Rosemary Grapefruit, Ripe Mint, Lemon. tonic and cherry blossom, and are available in 16-ounce bottles for $24 each at SW7 in Kensington (240-274-6448, sw7.design).
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Brush up on your bartending knowledge and be ready for any drink order with this handy guide. It features 20 classic cocktail recipes plus essential techniques and tips for stocking the home bar, complete with vibrant photography. Pick up The Cocktail Workshop for $27.50 from Anthropologie in Bethesda (240-345-9413, anthropologie.com).