Essentials of Wine Drinking: Bar Carts
Friday June 28, 2019
With an upsurge of design-conscious or appearance-savvy consumers nowadays, it is no surprise that there is as well a number of wine drinkers who want to look for ingenious ways in storing and displaying their drinks.
There are several fun ways people keep their wines such as repurposing old multi-drawer cabinets or apothecary for that vintage and old-world charm. However, we put our focus on the highly chic yet functional bar carts or as other people call it - drinks trolley.
While browsing on social media with the goal of looking for that next wine storage idea, these drink trolleys may have eaten up a fair share of the search results. And it isn’t hard to see why! For one, this furniture or décor piece is obviously a great conversation starter. It’s fascinating to talk about how these stylish carts have evolved.
Strolling Back in Time
Over the past years, there is undeniable evidence of the revival of this nifty drinking essential. Look up to any visual search engine and an endless list of designs – modern, edgy, classic – will show up.
The combination of style and function definitely has its merit as bar carts have been around for more than 100 years already. Yes, 100 years already. What’s interesting is that it was first used for non-alcoholic purposes. The drink trolleys started out as ‘tea trolleys’. During the Victorian Era, upper-class women would gather together and do activities such as macramé. For their break time, teas would be served along with biscuits and other delectable snacks – all wheeled on a trolley.
During the Interbellum generation and the Greatest generation, tea trolleys were transformed as cocktail trolleys. This took place after the Prohibition (a U.S. constitution banning anything related to alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933) was lifted. Albeit, the transition comes from a dismal background it signified the celebration and start of glory days.
As explained by Kay Plunkett-Hogge, drinks writer and author of the book ‘A Sherry and a Little Plate of Tapas, “Bar carts date from the late 1930s and early 40s, and their popularity stretched though until the 70s”. Drinks trolleys were all over places – offices, homes, personal spaces, and restaurants. The reputation even rose up with mainstream media and Hollywood. In the film ‘The Awful Truth’ (1937), actor Cary Grant who plays the role of Jerry Warriner is seen serving some eggnog on top of a trolley to his friends. While Marilyn Monroe receives a martini mixed by Tom Ewell from his bar cart in the film ‘The Seven Year Itch’ (1955). Romantic musical film ‘High Society’ (1956) features an alfresco cart. And in a more modern setting, the television series ‘Mad Men’, has created a stir for glamorous and aesthetically-pleasing mid-century bar carts.
As such, these trolleys have moved beyond just being seen in films. It is now part of the daily lives of people who loves hosting dinners and parties at the comforts of their homes. And entertaining guests has earned the drinks trolley its status as a functional décor staple.
One can see why. Because the carts are designed to move around, it gives makes any room in the house an entertainment area. Author Kay Plunkett-Hogge adds, “They are an extra surface, a stylish storage unit and they can serve as indoor and outdoor furniture.” Because of its simple framework, the cards can be redecorated to suit different personalities. It also helps to have arms away storage for all your wines and favourite drinks.
Bar Cart Essentials
If you plan on having one, here are some of the things you may want to include in your drinks trolley.
Being considerate to guests means having different glassware available as most drinks are supposed to have its specific style of glass. Try to mix and match different styles over having a uniformed look.
Spirits are a vital part of a bar cart. It is best to have your favourites always available for any spontaneous drinking session.
Explore the wonderful taste of wines as you mix it together with a classic drink. After all, wine cocktails are a sure way to spice up any party.