Cocktail Essentials

Cocktail nights are a fairly regular occurrence around here: we went through a surprisingly long phase of finding new recipes to try almost every weekend. 😅 We eventually accumulated enough pretty glasses (and liquor bottles) to warrant buying a bar cart and I am so in love with it! It’s sooooooo nice to have somewhere to display all those cocktail-related things (that doesn’t require half your bench space), and I’ve actually found it really handy having everything I need to make a drink all in one place. Our bar cart is from Freedom and it’s a crazy bargain – you can find it (and a few of the other items pictured) over on my SHOP page.

I’ll be sharing some of my favourite cocktail recipes here in future (yay), but for now I’ve put together a list of cocktail essentials for those of you looking to assemble your own cart. Happy drinking! 💕💕

  • Whiskey glasses
  • Highball glasses (some cocktails are waaaaaaay too big to fit in a whiskey glass, especially when served over ice, so it’s best to have some highball glasses as well)
  • Cocktail glasses (i.e., martini glasses – these are used to serve quite a few different drinks like cosmopolitans and daiquiris, not just martinis)
  • Cocktail shaker (preferably glass or stainless steel)
  • Paper or metal straws
  • Bitters (a 100ml bottle should last you a *really* long time)
  • A few different spirits (I’d recommend starting with a white rum, dark rum, vodka, whiskey, and gin)


  1. Paul Hume
    June 8, 2018 / 3:53 am

    Hey Fleur! Huge fan and first time commenter. I’ve heard that some people don’t squeeze their limes over ice. What’s your position on this?

    • June 8, 2018 / 4:48 am

      Hahaha, thank you for this excellent comment and this very important question. 😅 When mixing a Cuba Libre, failing to squeeze your limes over the ice (coat well) is just the worst thing you can do. Would not recommend mixing cocktails with such people in future.

      • Paul Hume
        June 8, 2018 / 8:32 am

        Hi Fleur, thanks for the reply. Wonderful, that’s just what I had assumed up until now. It’s a relief to know I haven’t been cutting people out of my life unnecessarily!

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