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Cocktail Couture

I have four bars in my house – a wet bar in my kitchen, a vintage Hollywood Regency bar for my patio, a gorgeous brass bar cart from Society Social and a thrift store find that was too cheap to pass up and complements my vintage vibe. Yes, I realize that seems excessive for the average household, but bars, and especially bar carts, are like TVs – you need one in almost every room. Given their portability and versatility, they’ve become quite the accessory – used as side tables in living rooms, end tables in bedrooms and, of course, as the traditional bar in the kitchen, dining room or living room. Even if never used to prepare cocktails, they just look darn good! And they aren’t just for beverages, either.

Many hosts use bar carts to display snacks and hors d’oeuvres. Some even use them as prep tables or serving stations. The bar cart – originally famous in the ’50s and ’60s – has made a major comeback based on the retro-design resurgence, and fueled by the hit TV show “Mad Men,” where cocktails at noon is the norm. Don Draper’s infamous office bar cart is so iconic, it will soon take a place in the Smithsonian’s American History Museum next to Judy Garland’s ruby slippers! In keeping on-trend, we bring you “The Art of the Bar Cart /The Science of the Cocktail” (page 58). Here, we assist you in concocting delicious specialty cocktails with recipes from local restaurants, and pairing them with coordinating, themed bar carts that even Don Draper would be mad over. Time to host a cocktail party!

Cocktails aren’t the only spirit on the menu for April. Champagne takes center stage at the “Dinner of the Century” (page 70) as guests indulge in a nine-course dinner prepared by chefs from Ibis Golf & Country Club. Each course was paired with Champagne from the House of Krug, which was founded on the belief that Champagne should be about pleasure, generosity and sharing. That was the objective of Leo and Kathryn Vecellio when they hosted an exclusive culinary experience aboard their yacht, Lady Kathryn V, to benefit the children’s educational arts programs at The Kravis Center. No detail was overlooked and we capture the entire grand affair – from the china and floral arrangements, to the caviar and rabbit loin – each accompaniment orchestrated to complement the rare vintages of Krug Champagne.

This April issue is about enjoying life’s simple pleasures – fabulous food, sexy spirits and life itself. Too often, we are just going through the motions of everyday life, and forget to seize the special moments, to feel the adrenaline rush that comes from doing something new, fun, challenging, and even something scary. Six locals in “Pushing the Limits” (page 90) share their off-hours adventures and prove that you’re never too young, or old, to pursue a dream and indulge in life’s pleasures, just for the simple joy of it. Cheers to that!