The drinks trolley (or bar cart to American friends) is having a revival and never would this be more timely than during the Christmas season. Now is the time when glasses are chinking, drinks are flowing freely and all of life’s many fortunes (and sometimes its quirks) are being toasted.
An ancestor of the dumb waiter and butler’s tray, a drinks station of some form or another has been a staple in the dining rooms, salons, drawing rooms and, now, living rooms for centuries.
Once the way to easily serve after-dinner drinks once servants had been dismissed, it has come a long way since those formal situations and is now a novel (and sometimes slightly playful) item that distinguishes expert host and hostesses.
Aside from the obvious alchemist-like collection of go-to beverages and mixers, here are our drinks trolley essentials for party-ready style.