Who doesn’t love a good cocktail party? Great drinks, delicious snacks, and lots of laughs with good friends. Whether it is large or small party, with colleagues, business associates, new clients or a few close friends, here are some tips to make it the best one you’ve ever hosted:-
First the Drinks:- Keep it simple. A well-stocked bar doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. Keep these 5 mixers for quick and easy cocktails. Mixers add flavour, sweetness, and fizz to drinks and are essential in cocktails. They are also inexpensive and go with non-alcoholic cocktails as well.
Tonic Water – great for summer is a Frozen Gin and Tonic
Soda Water – make this White Cranberry Sangria.
Ginger Beer – throw together a Dark and Stormy Cocktail
Citrus/Grapefruit flavoured soda – The Paloma
Apple Cider – not to be confused with appletizer! Mix up a Stone Fence
Let’s talk about the Food: – Food is just as important as the cocktails and its always a good idea to “line those empty stomachs”! There are plenty of simple but fancy party snacks you can serve your guests. For example a Mezze platter with olives, cheese cubes, salami, artichoke hearts, palm hearts or a cheese platter with biscuits – if you don’t have time to make up a platter, order one from you local supermarket.
On a Budget: – not to worry here are some tips to help you have a great party without spending a fortune.
- Check out your local bottle store for promotions and stock up when they are running specials.
- Design a menu and decide on your cocktails before you go out, so that you have a list of what you need and don’t buy impulsively.
Music – Also compile an awesome playlist – keep music up-tempo with a mix of instrumental and some classics including dance music.
Tips and Inspiration:– Why not decide on a theme for your cocktail party – here are some examples:-
- Pimm’s Cup and lawn bowling or croquet
- Manhattans and Monopoly
- The Sybil, the Mary, or the Edith and Downton Abbey
- Blue Moon Cocktails on a full moon night
- The Great Gatsby, bring out the The Fitzgerald
Cocktail parties are a time to put on the red lipstick, drink the fanciest of drinks, regale stories, and dance to the beat of the music.
So are you ready? Now let’s put together the next cocktail party that everyone will be talking about!!
Credit: The Kitchn