Not too long ago, Hubby and I had some rare alone time together. We relaxed in the Airstream watching the James Bond film, “GoldenEye,” while sipping on our favorite cocktails. We both fancy martinis, mine being the Gibson while he prefers his extra dry with a twist.
While cuddling up to hubby and enjoying our time together, I couldn’t help but let my eyes wander about my silver girl’s interior admiring our surroundings. I focused on our wet bar and thought about how well it has served us over the last couple of years. I also thought it would be nice to share with you, what I have done to transform that little space under our sink.
Our 2012 Airstream International came with a built-in rubbish bin. It lived under the sink on the lower shelf and I couldn’t help but think that every time I needed to toss something out, I would have to open the door to do so. Not that opening a door is such an issue but what about when I am cooking? Messy hands? To constantly open the door would be a pain and also probably cause early wear and tear on the hinges. Door hinges in the Airstream kind of bug me, they seem to always be unloosening and I struggle with how to refasten them. Anyways — that is a post for another day. Additionally — there was a lot of real estate under there that was solely dedicated to the rubbish bin. I knew that space could be better utilized, so bye-bye went the bin and in its place fit six glass bottles perfectly (vodka, limoncello, gin, dark rum, vermouth and Pellegrino). Under the bottles I placed a single layer of non-slip shelf liner to help keep them from sliding around while under tow. Before towing, I would stuff tea towels in between the bottles to keep them safe and sound from knocking into each other resulting in possible breakage. That worked fine and dandy, but it was just another thing to remember to do before hitting the road.
Then one day as I was perusing my local Asian market, I discovered Japanese apple pears. I know, really off topic here, but just hang on — these deliciously sweet and juicy crisp pears come individually wrapped in styrofoam netting that repurposes SO well as protective sleeves for our glass bottles in the wet bar. They keep the bottles safe and really snug in our little spot under the sink. Perfect!
Then one day during my lunch break in corporate America, I happened to walk past a Mexican restaurant that had a beautifully lit up display of colorful liquor bottles in the window. I took a step closer to see exactly how the bottles were lit up and discovered they sat upon a clear acrylic shelf that had string lights underneath. “Very nice,” I thought.
Sooner than later I found myself driving to my local Michael’s craft store to pick up some battery operated fairy string lights to replicate the beautifully lit bottle display in that Mexican restaurant. I could hardly wait to get back to my silver girl to see how the lights would work out. Here is the result . . .
A mobile wet bar wouldn’t be complete without cocktail accoutrements that are conveniently stored in a utensil caddy. Here I have a cocktail recipe book, a selection of aromatic bitters, whimsical cocktail decorations from plastic colorful mermaids to paper umbrellas, straws, tongs, mini whisk, hot sauce and more. Basically whatever tickles your cocktail fancy would be right at home in this caddy.
What’ll You Have?
I hope this post brought you some inspiration.
From the very bottom of my heart,
Thank you for being here,
Oh and here is where I keep the rubbish bin now – right there in the kitchen next to the pantry: