1. Bases and Mixers
First, stock your bar with a selection of base spirits so you can make just about any cocktail. Think gin, white rum, vodka, bourbon, tequila and brandy. Next, add in mixers that complement your base spirits, like dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, cointreau and bitters.
To cover all cocktails, you will need short glasses, tall glasses, coupes (for cocktails and sparkly wines) and wine glasses. Head to Williams Sonoma for a comprehensive collection of all styles, but for something special, we love the luxe rose-gold 'Celebrate' line-up at Neue Blvd.
A stylish tray not only serves a decorative purpose for anchoring your disparate barware elements, it also functions as a protective layer for your bar cart surface. We love the Fishs Eddy gilded cafe tray, which is especially great for perching on sideboards and consoles.
4. Ice bucket
An essential component to any bar cart, an ice bucket is perfect for keeping chilled wine at the right temperature. We love the sleek stainless steel Hammered ice bucket from Williams Sonoma for a look that complements a wide array of bar cart styles.
Bar tools are fun to use and can easily make you feel like a pro cocktail maker. You'll need a cocktail shaker, strainer, jigger, corkscrew and bar spoon. Curate your tools individually (styles range from simple to luxe) or invest in a complete set, like this stainless steel set from Williams Sonoma.
6. Fancy accessories