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Stocking Up Your Bar For That Amazing Party?

It’s that time of the year when the festivities from the previous year follow the way to a new year. While it is fun to host a party, it can be a rather daunting task too, especially if you do not have a plan of action in place. Do you find yourself to be in that worrisome state of being disorganised and not knowing where to begin?
You needn’t sweat over it because we, the good samaritans, are here, to share some useful tips with you so you can throw that amazing party.

The List

Remember, everything begins with a list! Jot down all the details such as the date of the party, time, place, guests, etc.
As you prepare a guest list, it is important to keep in mind the choice of drinks & food which your guests would prefer to have. You wouldn’t want to run out of alcohol or food in the middle of a party, especially since you’re the host!

Booze

Once you’ve decided on the food menu, make a list of the kinds of alcohol you would need to buy and their quantity.

The next question popping in your head must be ‘how many drinks per guest and how frequently should you serve’. The safe advice here would be to serve two drinks in the first hour & subsequently moving on to one per hour after that. (Please note that this is a piece of general advice and not an immutable rule!)

Here’s your checklist

-Beer

-Whisky

-Tequila

-Vodka

-Gin

-Wine (Red/White)

Decide whether you would want to serve cocktails too and if so, list them.

Mixers

Here go the magic words, make a list!

-Soda water

-Tonic water

-Bottled water

-Juices (Fresh or bottled)

Another important point which must not be overlooked, would there be teetotallers? If yes, keep a list of non-alcoholic beverages (including mocktails) you’d be serving.

Drink Garnishes

The standard-

-Lemon

-Lime

-Oranges

-Olives

-Cherries

-Cranberries

-Pineapples

-Celery

-Fresh herbs

Let’s Chill!

Stock up on ample amount of ice (approximately 1 pound per person) and keep ice bucket handy with half-ice & half-cold water. If your budget allows, you could also get creative with different & fancy ice-tray shapes.

What’s In A Glass?

Keep the alcohol glassware ready. Again, if it’s an informal get-together or you’re on a budget, feel free to skip the fancy glassware and keep it simple.

Bar Equipment

Here you get a chance to practice & show off your great bartending skills! For a budget party, no fancy stuff is required, and even the most basic ones would solve the purpose.

Additional Tips

Here’s another tip you might want to inscribe on your mind –

Full bars require a bigger budget and a huge variety of liquors.  If you’re planning a party on a budget, it is advisable to keep lesser booze variety and to restrict the number of cocktails served. As an example, create only two signature cocktails instead of many, eg, vodka martini & cosmopolitan. Another great example is Punch’, which is a great money saving option too. You could also use create smart mixes to save few bucks.

Food

Please do not forget to order food!

Additionally, you must never drink on an empty stomach. Remember to eat while you drink as it slows down the absorption of alcohol.

Music

No party is complete without the right kind of beats to dance to!

 

Quick Cocktail Recipes

Vodka Martini

 Ingredients

  • 3 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1 fluid ounce dry vermouth
  • Olives
  • Ice Cubes

Directions

Combine vodka and dry vermouth in a cocktail mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish & serve.

Cosmopolitan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1/4 fluid ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 fluid ounce triple sec
  • 1/4 fluid ounce cranberry juice
  • Ice Cubes

Directions

Combine vodka, lime juice, triple sec, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish & serve.

EndNote: We told you that have you covered on this one, and here’s wishing you many more amazing parties!

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