Whether at a corporate cocktail party or an at-home dinner party, it’s not difficult to build a bar that’s both beautiful and functional.
One of my favorite bar styling methods is to decant all the usual spirits (rum, whisky, scotch, bourbon, cognac) and display them in modern glass carafes or classic cut-crystal decanters. The warm, amber colors of the libations immediately become a festive presentation! I’ve also poured the clear alcohols (vodka, gin, sambuca, tequila) into the decanters, keeping the presentation divided into clear spirits on one side and ambers on the other.
To keep each spirit clearly identified for easy pouring, I like to use simple hardware store tags tied to each carafe with leather cord or natural raffia. Or, for the more formal crystal decanters, I use tiny-but-legible calligraphed signs that sit just in front of the elegant containers. Even the standard mixers like tonic, simple syrup and Triple Sec can be decanted into glass carafes for a uniform look.
And for some added flare at the front of the bar station, add simple glass vessels or bowls filled with colorful lemons, limes, cherries, olives, onions and blood oranges. I have found that keeping every single element on the bar consistent makes the BIGGEST impact! Cheers!