Why You Need A Bar Cart

It’s common knowledge that when the stock market goes down, liquor sales go up. So, why not make your tipple display really tasty? That’s the way Dian Brun Gow, a.k.a. “The Cocktail Deeva” thinks. “In today’s changing economy, there has been a huge trend to do more entertaining at home,” says Dian. “So the home bar is making a huge comeback, and of course, it has to blend seamlessly into your beautiful interior. It can be a full on wet bar, or something as simple as a nostalgic art-deco bar cart.”

Bar Cart Canadian House & Home

Something like this…

“Also when you’re entertaining, you want your cocktail to be a signature and really represent the total look and feel of your home and event,” adds Dian. To help homeowners do just that, she’ll be mixing up fresh takes on Mad-Men era cocktails at the National Home Show (NHS) between February 19 to 28, 2009. (This blog and the Little Projects Guide are sponsored by NHS.) “I’ll be showcasing reworked vintage cocktails, making them 2010 chic —like a classic Champagne Cocktail with pomegranate and ginger mixes, or an Old Fashioned jazzed up with blood oranges and cherry liquor.”

Champagne Cocktail With Pomegranate

Mmmm, thirsty anyone?

Choosing the right cocktail for your dinner menu has never been easier. “Infusing food flavours into alcohol is a huge trend right now,” says Dian.”Use garnishes that a chef would normally use and integrate them into your cocktail.” For example, she’s working on a revamped Bloody Caesar with wasabi and bacon for the National Home Show. But just use what you have, she cautions. “It should all be fun, easy, relaxed and, of course, fabulous,” says Dian. “I only use ingredients that I can easily find at my local grocer’s or liquor store.”

Dian Brun Cocktail Deeva

So whether you love to entertain or simply enjoy a tasty drink at the end of a long week, be sure to see the Cocktail Deeva in action. “Anyone who has ever renovated will tell you that they could definitely use a good cocktail,” adds Dian, laughing.

See the Cocktail Deeva presentations and more at the National Home Show between February 19 to 28, 2009. (Advance discount tickets are available now — save $5 by using the promo code: HOUSE.) Plus, get solutions to all your home decorating dilemmas (and a chance to win prizes) in our Little Projects Guide.

Photo credits:
1. House & Home November 2009 issue, photography by Andrew Grinton
2. The Cocktail Deeva

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