What to drink now: Bacardi – from the ‘mixing console’

BACARDÍ®, the world’s most awarded rum, has launched the BACARDÍ Mixing Console, a limited-edition record player and integrated bar that will transport you to a party-ready island and bring the true spirit of BACARDÍ home this Christmas – the ultimate cocktail and music mixing vinyl bar for the exuberant to gift this season.

Galvanized by the brand’s exuberant Caribbean heritage, where local music and rhythm drive its energetic heartbeat, the BACARDÍ Mixing Console has been custom-built, taking individual rum-soaked staves from the barrels of its premium range to create the turntable’s refined base and bar top.

Each stave has been delicately stripped and cut to bespoke measurements to encase the vinyl turntable, influenced by the brand’s Sound of Rum music track, to determine the placement of the oak from the turntable itself. Adjoined to the console, the bar cart includes a bespoke walnut drinks tray with custom indentations that perfectly house glassware, shakers and a selection of bottles from BACARDÍ’s premium range, which sparked the ideation for the cart, perfect for luxury gifting to elevate festive celebrations from home.

Working in collaboration with famed furniture designer Hugh Miller, the BACARDÍ Mixing Console eminates museum-quality craftsmanship and boasts numerous details with party-ready elements to get you moving this Christmas, including:

  • Built-in Fluance RT80 Vinyl Turntable
  • Custom 50-watt Bluetooth speakers, housed in decadent brass mesh fronting
  • Record store shelf to house the best festive dance tracks this season
  • Decadent walnut cocktail bar top set with its own hand made oak cocktail-stirrers, crafted from the rum barrels
  • A bottle of premium BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Diez

 

Hugh Miller also gave us his five drinks cart styling tips – for the festive season and beyond

Give yourself props

Express yourself and let your creativity flow by incorporating items which reveal your passions. From your favourite vinyl, to vintage glasses and stacked books, personalised props can create a real conversation starter.

Wild thing

Add a dose of life and colour to your festive drinks by incorporating a trailing plant, a single tree branch in a vase or some larger tree branches in a basket. Or keep it seasonal with some holly and mistletoe to add some festive cheer.

I carried a…Pineapple?

Move over cactus, this year, the pineapple is back and it’s a key fashion motif for home decorating. Whether it’s pineapple accented drinks ware, bronze versions or the real deal, have fun with this trend and give this fruit a prime spot on your cart.

Another level

Play around with height and make clever use of space by using each level of your drinks cart.  Style each level with items of differing heights to please the eye and create that showstopper moment for your guests.

Bring ingredients to life

Take inspiration from the drinks you’re serving by styling your cart with key cocktail ingredients designed to delight the senses.  Think bold colours, zesty fruits and heady herbs and spices such as cinnamon sticks and rosemary sprigs.

 

The BACARDÍ Mixing Console will be available from Minimauk.com at £1,700.