7 Bar Cart Essentials for Bourbon Enthusiasts
From the perfect drinking glass to a wooden muddler for those who enjoy their bourbon in a cocktail, bourbon lovers need these accessories.
As summer approaches, we're dreaming of kicking back with bourbon cocktails. Whether you like your bourbon with muddled mint over crushed ice or prefer it neat, these are the bar cart essentials you need to enjoy your bourbon to the fullest.
In honor of the Kentucky Derby, we have to start with the classic mint julep cup. Sure, you could enjoy a julep out of any cup, but to get the true experience, we recommend sticking to the proper vessel. However, we don’t recommend limiting your mint julep intake to Derby season.
BUY IT: Crate & Barrel, $19.95
So, maybe you like your bourbon a little on the chilly side, but don’t want to risk watering down that golden nectar. Understandable. Skip the rocks and opt for... stones. Whiskey stones, that is. These geometric beauties will have your bourbon at the optimal temperature in no time with zero risk of tainting the taste.
BUY IT: Food52, $35 (Set of 4)
What’s a bar cart without a cocktail muddler? It’s one of those tools that you never knew you needed, but once you have it, you can’t live without it. This classic wooden muddler is simple, yet effective. The ergonomic shape aids in the awkward motion of muddling while the pointed teeth make muddling virtually anything a breeze. The beautiful beechwood finish is just a bonus.
BUY IT: Williams-Sonoma, $5
A gorgeous decanter is an easy way to up the sophistication level of your bar cart. Not to mention, sometimes the best bourbons come in the ugliest bottles. These vintage French pieces should do the trick; ditch the labels and make yourself feel like Don Draper the next time you go to reach for the bourbon.
BUY IT: Food52, $98
Ask any whiskey enthusiast and they will tell you a Glencairn glass is the only glass you should be drinking whiskey from. Much like a snifter, this glass features a large round base similar to a wine glass and a tapered rim. This shape allows your hands to warm the spirit and, at the same time, directs the aromas toward your nose as you drink. In short, this equals super flavorful bourbon.
BUY IT: Amazon, $34.99 (Set of 2)
You can’t only drink bourbon (we’ve tried). However, you can enjoy that complex, warm bourbon sensation in bonbon form. Made with Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, these bourbon balls are one bite of bourbon-chocolaty heaven. Once you try them, these little cocoa wonders will become a staple on your bar cart.
BUY IT: Food52, $42
You’ve probably seen them before - crystal-clear ice balls in cocktails and whiskeys at all the upscale bars. Maybe you’ve wondered how they are made, and maybe you’ve just assumed it’s some kind of bartender magic. Turns out, it’s pretty easy, and with this ice mold, you can make them in your own home. Get ready to wow your bourbon buddies.