At Home Bar x Manhattan Cocktail

By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

I have wanted to put together a bar cart for years, but as of right now I don’t have the space for it. I keep most of my liquor in a sizable cabinet in the kitchen, but I wanted something more decorative and functional for my bedroom. Without the space for an entire cart, I thought I was stuck without the means to do anything at all. Instead, I cleared off the top of my dresser and used the surface to create something of a mini-bar.

So, I bought a tray and some stemless wine glasses. The stemless wine glasses were a brilliant investment because they can function as wine glasses or as rocks glasses.

Because I already have a separate area in my house designated to my liquor, I took only the bottles I knew I’d really want on my tray. When curating a bar cart for guests, it’s important to have all of the essentials: tequila, rum, vodka, whiskey, gin, to name the core.

My tray consists of two bottles of bourbon, one bottle of rye, one bottle of scotch, a bottle of vodka, a bottle of gin, a bottle of sweet vermouth, a bottle of dry vermouth, angostura bitters, a cocktail shaker, four stemless wine glasses, and two short-stemmed coupe glasses. Yours could easily omit all of these.

I keep the sweet vermouth on my tray so I can make manhattans. With or without a bar tray, you can too but I suggest changing it up with a little bit of citrus fruit rather than a maraschino cherry.

What you’ll need:
2 oz rye
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
1 lemon wedge
1 cara cara orange wedge
Dash Angostura bitters

Fill a glass with ice. Add in the rye, vermouth, and bitters. Squeeze the juice from the lemon wedge in and stir lightly. Strain into a coupe or martini glass. Rim the glass with the orange wedge to release the flavor and leave it there as garnish.