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Shake up a party-ready bar with gleaming accents, dashes of red and enough glasses for every lord a-leaping

Whether you want to pour eggnog, shake up some martinis or swizzle hot cocoa with a candy cane, setting up a chic holiday bar is one of the most festive ways to get ready for the holiday season. Designer and former bartender Anne Norton-Dingwall has collected some of her favorite picks from the Houzz product section to turn you into a fabulous holiday host and mixologist.

Watch the video (left) to see how they all come together.




Then get the party started with one of Norton-Dingwall’s favorite holiday drinks, the Bellagio hotel’s Cable Car Martini:

Cable Car Martini
1 ounce spiced rum
½ ounce orange curaçao
½ ounce lime juice
½ ounce sweet and sour mix
Cinnamon sugar for glass rim

Combine the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Wet the edge of a martini glass with lime, then dip it in the cinnamon sugar. Shake and strain the martini into the cinnamon-sugar-rimmed glass.
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Bob Barnhardt Sr
This was a good accent to my bar!
3 Likes   December 11, 2013 at 5:13AM
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djbittle
I have very unique bar accessories - and I don't drink!! These red deer feet corkscrew and bottle opener were a gift from my Scottish pen pal with whom I've been corresponding for 40 years. I was, to say the least, flabbergasted when my present arrived that Christmas! While they really gack me out, as a good hostess and friend, I will be sure they're used on her second visit to us this spring. (My dear husband has hinted that this post might create a very unsavory reputation for me on Houzz. I hope not, as I thoroughly enjoy Houzz in its entirety.)
3 Likes   December 11, 2013 at 9:04AM
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Paula Sansone-Johnson
The Rolf Glass glasses are "hand-crafted right here in the USA" I am thinking Baileys Irish Cream served up in the Grand Fleur De Lis martini glasses.
0 Likes   December 11, 2013 at 11:33AM
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coletta2
does it have space for people to sit at the bar?
0 Likes   December 11, 2013 at 11:52AM
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Vera Kolpakova
Word of caution on the wine carafe: it does not flip as easily as it looks - the rubber neck does not fit tightly enough so some additional holding is required to simultaneously flip the carafe with the bottle attached, and to hold the rubber neck in place so that it won't leak.
1 Like   December 11, 2013 at 9:09PM
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jguenther77
The novelty shot glasses are miniature Moscow Mule mugs. It's a drink from the 1940's and 50's that has experienced a modern resurgence. It's vodka with ginger beer, a bit of lime juice and a lime wedge. It's definitely a crowd pleaser and would be a fun drink to pass around at a party.
2 Likes   December 11, 2013 at 10:41PM
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vicrum
djbittle: I think those are absolutely fabulous! I am going to try to make some myself. Go Scotland!!!
0 Likes   December 13, 2013 at 11:09AM
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