When we drink at home we tend to add ceremony to proceedings with interiors touches like drinks trolleys, partly to counterbalance the fact that we are doing so to excess.
‘Tis the season to be merry but also, we beg, to retain some decorum, to roll out the drinking trolley, to polish off the crystal, to purchase a decent case of fizz and to perform some formal toasts before getting loose.
For those of you hosting family this year, there’s a degree of pressure when it comes to sprucing up your living room and setting the scene for what is essentially a few days of overindulgence.
One way to primp your space is to take things old school and invest in a drinks trolley. A glamorous accessory for any entertainer worth their salt, these have started to come back into fashion, with high street retailers and high-end boutiques selling out their signature pieces this festive season.
Aside from making us feel like we’re in an Old Hollywood movie, they also encourage us to have fun with cocktail making, suddenly feeling the need to branch out with bottles of Vermouth and Pink Gin on the display rack.
So, if already sold on the merits of a frivolous purchase, here are five of the best trolleys to consider (and the drinks to go with):
Rose and Grey
If we had to pick favourites, this is the one. Antique brass with glass levels, it’s simple frame stops it from being too extravagant, while the mirrors throw light on the glass perched atop. At £365 it’s on the more expensive side of drinks trolleys but (from experience) it ages well and incites a lot of flattery. Just do it.
Cocktail to match: A crisp glass of Ruinart Champagne.
Something this good looking should not be so affordable but it is, a mere snip at £42.90. A break from the dominant gold and copper drinks trolleys flooding the market, this silver number lightens up any modern room and, with three levels, offers space for bottles on the base, then glasses, then cocktail making apparatus. Metal ice buckets and cocktail shakers look perfect up top.
Cocktail to match: Vodka martini, shaken (not stirred) with a rind of orange.
Atkin and Thyme
The beauty of the Jarvis is that it is part drinks trolley, party cabinet. The Mango wood feature, not seen on most modern drinks trolleys, means that this piece is just as comfortable amongst traditional interiors, alongside antique wooden furniture pieces and plush rugs. There’s also plenty of storage space for drinks and glasses, as well as accessories like bottle openers and mixers. Chic, but understated (as trollies go).
Cocktail to match: Woodford Reserve, neat.
This industrial-chic number is versatile, in that it can be used both as a drinks trolley and a breakfast try or kitchen storage display. If your interiors are more on the warehouse or Scandi side, this is the one for you. Not too flashy, perfect for holding recycled glass bottles filled with Sloe Gin, glasses of dried fruit and macho-looking bottles of bourbon.
Cocktail to match: A Bulleit Old Fashioned, served in jam jars.
So popular it won’t be back in stock till February 2020, but it is still worth adding this vintage-inspired number to your wishlist. Created by global membership club Soho House, the antique brass finish and mirrored glass trolley evokes 1920s Art Deco glamour. Best decorated with glass decanters up top, and all your spirits down below.
Cocktail to match: Sloe Gin Gimlets.
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