Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Autumnal Bar Cart Design & Friendsgiving (or Thanksgiving!) Cocktail

I put so much care into styling my by cart the first time around that I hadn't changed the design for a few months. I've hosted several events during which the cart was more of a visual accessory than a functional serving station. So I decided that Friendsgiving was the perfect opportunity to use the cart for its intended purpose, and I gave it an autumnal makeover. I didn't start completely from scratch - as you can see there are plenty of the original bar cart elements here, including these vintage ombre tumblers, which had yet to be used!
I wanted the top shelf of the Friendsgiving bar cart to include only what was going into the specialty cocktail I was serving. So I removed all of the bottles except the St-Germain and the Belvoir Cranberry Pressé. For the autumnal accents I added faux leaves and acorns. I replaced the faux lemons with real pears, as pear juice was an ingredient in the cocktail. And I stayed consistent with the table decor by including a stem of the wild kale.
This sparkling pear cocktail is something I've been making for a few years, but for Friendsgiving I decided to add the Belvoir Cranberry Pressé for a touch of Thanksgiving flavor. I included a sign on the bar cart that listed all the ingredients, so my guests would know what they were drinking should they decide to help themselves.
Having a bar cart, or at least a station dedicated to a specialty cocktail, is a great way to free yourself up as the host (and keep your guests out of the kitchen). It was especially helpful for Friendsgiving, as I needed to be in the kitchen a little more than during a normal event, while I was warming up the dinner dishes.
Friendsgiving Sparkling Pear Cocktail: 
1 bottle of Prosecco
1 shot glass of St-Germain
1 cup of fresh pear juice
1 small bottle of Belvoir Cranberry Pressé*
*could substitute 1/2 cup cranberry juice and 1/2 cup seltzer
rosemary sugar for the rim (instructions below)
Guests enjoying their Friendsgiving cocktails
I rimmed the glasses with Homemade Rosemary Sugar: 
Place equal parts dried rosemary and sugar in a food processor and blend well. Press the glasses on a wet paper towel and then directly into a shallow dish of the sugar. (Tip: A jar of rosemary sugar tied with a ribbon also makes a great hostess gift!)


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