Plan a cocktail party. Maybe it’s a birthday, an anniversary, or a significant accomplishment, like that dream job. With so many cocktail recipes to choose from, it’s easy to create a party that everyone will enjoy.
It’s easy to plan a cocktail party. Maybe it’ll be on your deck or patio. You only need background music, soft lighting, comfortable patio furniture, and basic bar supplies. That said, there are a few basics that will ensure that your party is a smashing success.
What glassware do you need? Cocktails should be mixed and served in attractive glasses; to perform a variety of cocktails, you’ll need various glasses. Some taller glasses for serving Vermouth Di Torino should be sufficient. You’ll also need “rock” or “shot” glasses. A good bar will have these on hand, and when a guest requests a specific cocktail, it’s fun to serve it in the appropriate glass.
Some of the most popular drinks require a blender. Simply put, it needs a powerful motor to crush ice, which is an essential ingredient in most cocktails. And it would help if you got a proper cocktail shaker. It doesn’t have to be sterling silver, just stainless steel, and it must have a filter because many cocktail recipes call for shaking and straining before decanting.
We’re off and running now. What do we need? Vodka is essential in many cocktails because it is clear, tasteless, and has almost every ingredient known to man. Rum, both white and dark, is another favorite for your patio cocktail party. Bourbon pairs well with lemon slices or mint leaves. And a pitcher of margaritas requires tequila. Also, serve in a shot or rock glass with salt and lemon wedges. Gin, perhaps? Gin! With its unusual juniper-berry flavor, it’s excellent on the rocks with a twist of lemon—stock up on liqueurs like grenadine, cherry brandy, Curacao, and Irish cream.
Have non-alcoholic cocktails on hand, as well as juices like tomato, pineapple, and orange. Just add soda, and you’re good to go.
Also, we’ll need garnishes for our cocktails. Those little umbrellas are obligatory, and everyone loves them. Dress up the glasses with lime and lemon wedges, strawberries, pineapple chunks, and orange slices. You’ll also need three small plates: one for salt, one for thick fruit syrup, and one for sugar. Drink-specific liquids are followed by salt or sugar rims.
Finally, consider punch. A punchbowl – any large glass bowl will do. Your guests can Vermouth Di Torino punch from any glass you have on hand as long as you garnish it, and your punch can be non-alcoholic for those who are driving home that night.
Some people enjoy parties but do not drink alcohol for various reasons. So long as you have the punch to serve them, it won’t matter what you have in your glass as long as they have what they want in theirs.