bar ‘cart’ styling

bar 'cart' styling | madeline made

the title of this should be styling a bar cart when you don’t have a bar cart. any surface with a tray will do. this time of year is the perfect season to have a stocked bar for guests, parties, and cocktails. i like to keep the essentials around for classic drinks like a gin & tonic, a negroni (campari and vermouth), and an old fashioned (bourbon and bitters). old fashioned is my husband’s all time favorite – it was his signature drink at our wedding. mine was a st. germain cocktail with champagne. i also love showcasing local favorites like the gin from nashville’s corsair distillery and lincoln county lightning from josh’s hometown. on our bar cart i also have some sentimental items – a few nice bottles of wine from my aunt and father, my grandmother’s copper mug, and decanters that were cherished wedding gifts.

bar 'cart' styling | madeline made   bar 'cart' styling | madeline made

bar 'cart' styling | madeline made

bar 'cart' styling | madeline made

i mentioned in a past post that i am still looking for my dream bar cart and waiting patiently until i find one with the right price tag. in the meantime, i found this side table (with an undermount sewing machine?!) that is the right size for the lacquer tray. i love styling with these dried yellow craspedia flowers also; they add a little personality. the hilarious tequila mockingbird book is from my wonderful sister in law! when i find an actual cart, i will add another tray with favorite cocktail glasses, cloth napkins, and other cocktail making tools. what drinks are you mixing up this thanksgiving weekend?

 

sources: white lacquer tray from west elm. hemingway print from ohmydeer handmades etsy. paint color benjamin moore quiet moments. sewing table vintage. tequila mockingbird book from urban outfitters.

 

xoxo madeline

fall drink: mulled wine

mulled wine | madeline made

when the weather gets cold enough, i love making festive fall drinks. this mulled wine recipe is one of my all time favorites – given to me by my sister-in-law, brittney. you can add whiskey if you like the flavor or keep it simple. josh and i will be enjoying this around the firepit this weekend.

mulled wine

ingredients
1/4 whiskey or brandy, optional
1 bottle red wine, i use cabernet sauvignon or merlot
1/3 cup honey or sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1-2 oranges, sliced
7 whole cloves
1 tsp allspice or ginger, can also add star anise

directions
combine all ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes. add brandy or whiskey if you like the flavor. strain and serve, serves 4-6. enjoy!

xoxo madeline