What does a lady do best? Entertain, of course. Entertaining has been something I’ve been doing since childhood, albeit not for human beings, but stuffed animals count when you’re five. What I love most about the traditions of hosting a party is the bar (relax – I don’t have a problem). There is something nostalgic about a bar that brings me back to Christmas Eve dinners with all of the men crowded around laughing and mixing their gin and tonics. It is a timeless addition to any party and one that I think is often overlooked, especially living in NYC where we don’t exactly have the space to host a complete bar.

So to help all of you out there that miss a good bar, I’ve listed everything that one needs to create their own saloon. Keep in mind that this is the FULL deal. Take what you want from it and go make your bar but remember to get creative – if you don’t have the space, use a butler tray or throw a linen over a bookshelf. It’s your bar; we’re just drinking from it!


  • bar strainer
  • can opener, bottle opener, corkscrew
  • jigger measure
  • ice bucket and tongs or scoop
  • mixing glass or metal cocktail shaker
  • lemon/lime squeezer (you know those mini tongs that you use to pick out one ice cube at a time until you just stick your glass right into the ice bucket? That’s a squeezer, folks!)
  • shot measurer
  • muddler or mortar and pestle


  • club soda or soda water
  • regular Pepsi or Coke
  • Ginger Ale
  • juices (orange, pineapple, tomato, and cranberry)
  • tonic water
  • triple sec


  • Beer
  • Whiskey
  • Bourbon
  • Champagne
  • Gin
  • liquers
  • Rum
  • Scotch
  • Tequila
  • Vermouth (sweet and dry)
  • Vodka
  • Wine (red and white)


  • bitters
  • olives and onions
  • lemons and limes
  • maraschino cherries
  • syrup (grenadine, simple syrup, etc.)
  • Tabasco
  • Worcestershire sauce

Okay, now I want a Bloody Mary. Cheers!