Party season is in full swing until New Year's Day. If you are hosting a party where your guests have the option to imbibe alcoholic drinks, here are a few pointers on how to set up a bar for a party.
- A few select libations can go a long way - Please note that you do not have to have thirty different types of liquor, or even thirty different varieties of the same liquor, to have a decent cocktail bar. Here are my top five alcoholic drinks to keep on hand as a base for drinks: rum, bourbon, vodka, tequila, and gin.
- Help your guests out - Cocktail books or a list of potential or well-known cocktails for your guests to try. We had a chalkboard that had a "Drink of the Day" recipe on it during our backyard parties this summer.
- Have something for your designated drivers - Have the fixings for "mocktails" like cokes, coffee, juices, sparkling water, or other non-alcoholic drinks available.
- Give your guest the right tools - Toothpicks, strainers, tongs, ice - lots and lots of ice, and shakers.
- Mixing it together - Club soda or tonic water, ginger ale, orange juice, cranberry juice, cream, Coke/Diet Coke are common mixers.
- Add pizzazz - Lemon and/or lime wedges, olives (w/juice), cherries, and/or simple syrup are easy ways to jazz up a drink. Cinnamon or peppermint sticks are great at the holidays.
- One for alcohol
- One for mixers
- One for glasses, napkins, etc.
- One for recycling, trash, and dirty glasses
- One for ice & water (to rinse out glasses)
Please drink responsibly this holiday season!
This works for me!