Nuggets of Wisdom from POUR on How to Build Your Perfect Bar Cart
On July 15, we sat down with some of the most in-the-know bartenders in the city to learn how to create an Instagram-worthy bar cart and craft tasty cocktails.
Local fashion designer Abbey Glass played host to POUR, an educational cocktail party company, and its co-owners Kendall Dreyer and Katie Ewing, alongside Duane Kuhlers of Octopus Bar, at her Ponce City Market studio.
In an effort to bring Atlantans a sip and shop event with a twist, POUR socialites from the Atlanta area attended ready to imbibe—and shop the night away.
Before you can begin whipping up dirty martinis to dazzle your friends, you’ll need these bar cart essentials.
Shaker Tin: Shaking a drink while using a pint glass as an improvised top can cause the glass to break. So be sure to grab one with a metal bottom and top.
Strainer: Kendall recommends a Hawthorne-style strainer, which are designed to quickly strain drinks while leaving them free of objects (fruit, ice) you don’t want in the glass.
Jigger: Start with a basic 1-ounce jigger for simple drinks.
Bar Spoon: A ⅛-ounce bar spoon is useful for ladling out liqueurs or other speciality add-ons.
Mixing Glasses: Just about any glass will do (think pint glass). Keep these around for quick and easy mixing.
Once you have your tools assembled, give these recipes from Kendall and Katie a whirl.
Gin serves as the base of this lite beverage. It adds a crisp and refreshing taste to the libation without overpowering it the way vodka sometimes can. A playground for cocktail crafters, it’s no wonder why Kendall of POUR always says, “Why drink vodka when you could have gin?”
2 ounce gin
½ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce maraschino liqueur
A bar spoon of crème de violette
Shake all ingredients.Strain into a chilled coupe.Garnish with lemon twist.
Built around rye whiskey, this is a classic for those who prefer dark liquors. The smooth, spicy taste of rye whiskey packs a punch over plain bourbons. Stir up a timeless Manhattan with this simple recipe.
2 ounce rye whiskey
1 ounce sweet vermouth
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice.
Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with cherry.
Details: Abbey Glass Studio at Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE., Atlanta; PonceCityMarket.com. To plan your own personal cocktail party with POUR, reach out to Kendall or Katie at PourGirlsAtl@gmail.com.
Fashion photos courtesy of Abbey Glass, photography by Wedig & Laxton 2017.