My Bar Trolley December vs January

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

I'd been thinking hard about what to make my first post of 2018 and thought what more fitting than a little tour of my bar trolly that I enjoyed so much of over the festive season. 
I've put a few photographs of this on my Instagram and had a lot of messages and comments about it. Bar Trolleys or Bar Carts have been really popular recently and I absolutely love mine. I got this beautiful vintage gold trolley years ago in my local British Heart Foundation charity shop for £10, yes a tenner for this beauty, I was so chuffed to find it. 
I'm a big fan of cocktails and have always wanted a proper bar area in my house so this is one of my absolute favorite pieces in my home.
My trolley is three tiered with a handle, the top shelf is also fully removable and can be used as a serving tray. I tend to keep my cocktail bits and pieces such as shakers etc on the middle shelf then mixers like Fentimans drinks on the bottom (I put them in the fridge prior to using). I've also been keeping this amazing cocktail book "A Spot at the Bar: Welcome to the Everleigh" which was the perfect gift from my friend Lynsay and one I'd wholeheartedly recommend.

The top of the trolley is where the real action is. I keep all my spirits (that don't need refrigerated like my beloved Baileys) here as well as my glasses (vintage Babycham, cactus glasses and whiskey glasses as well as this fun disco ball one with a straw), skull salt shaker that came with the Sierra Tequila and these gorgeous marble and copper alphabet coasters from Oliver Bonas.

I like to have a mix of supermarket own brand spirits as well as branded. I love Lidl for their own brand Serenade Peach Schnapps, Coconut Cove and Hortus Gin range as well as their Ben Bracken whiskeys.
Tesco Dark Rum is one of my favourites as well as their own brand gin and Finest Range Triple Sec.
I tend to go for Smirnoff vodka as its a classic and has a nice, neutral taste. Some cheaper vodka's are a bit too overpowering for me and can spoil cocktails. Campari and Vermouth Rosso along with some gin make up one of my favourite cocktails, the Negroni (it's not for everyone). I love Sierra Tequila for making margaritas too.
I'm a big fan of whiskey and although I enjoy a "wee half" of Glenfiddich or Dalmore, I've been really enjoying the smooth taste of Haig Club Clubman. It's got notes of vanilla which I really enjoy.

I had a brilliant time over the holidays making some festive cocktails for Christmas my favorite was a mixture of Smirnoff vodka, Cranberry Juice, fresh lemon juice and Fentimans Bitter Lemonade topped up with a tiny amount of Fentimans ginger beer. I served these in my little Babycham glasses as I like to crack these out over Christmas but it would also be great in a tall glass with lots of ice or even without the vodka to make it alcohol free.

Now the New Year has begun and I'm on a bit of a health kick I've decided to try and give Dry January a go (I'm not being sponsored or anything because its highly likely I give in to a Baileys). So I've changed up my trolley a little with soft drinks from Fentimans. (they also have a range of pre-mixeed alcoholic drinks I've previously written about)
What I love about Fentimans is that they have such a wide range of drinks and flavours and are a lot more special than your average cola or lemonade.
I'd happily enjoy some of these rather than an alcoholic drink any day so I'm really pleased that a lot of their range is now available in larger 750ml bottles.
Rather than alcohol, my trolley is now stocked with Fentimans soft drinks and mixers and looks just as good as before (if not better). Some of my favorites are the Rose Lemonade, Ginger Beer with Muddled Lime and Grapefruit Tonic water.

Please remember always drink alcohol responsibly.

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