Are you making party drinks for the first time? Let us help you! Here is a simple guide on how to create your own party concoctions.
The first thing to consider in making your own drinks is: WHAT DRINKS DO YOU WANT? If you are the party host, it is good to have a basic idea of the kind of liquor you want in your party, or the flavors of the drinks you will serve, or how strong you want your drinks to be. From these information, you can come up with a shortlist of drinks that you will create. If you are still undecided, you can ask your friends or attendees so you can be sure that the drinks you will serve will be a hit. If you are making the drinks for someone else’s party, it is important to know what the theme is, what the activities are, and if the host has specific drinks in mind. The most common cocktail drinks served in parties are margaritas, mojitos, martinis, bellinis, mimosas, cosmopolitans, and long island iced tea.
With specific drinks in mind, the next thing to do is to RESEARCH! Find out what ingredients and materials you will need to create the drinks in your shortlist. You can easily find the ingredients and materials in local supermarkets. The most common liquor bases for party drinks are rum, vodka, whiskey, and tequila. You would also need mixers like juices and soda. Orange, pineapple, and cranberry are common juice mixers, while cola and lemon lime are common soda mixers. Some cocktails also have garnish, like cherries, mint leaves, or lemon slices. Of course, you will need cube or tube ice, plastic or paper cups, and stirrers or straws. Depending on your list of drinks to prepare, you will need a shaker and/or a blender. Take note that you do not need to buy all of the ingredients mentioned above. This is why it is important to have a list of drinks to prepare and to know the ingredients needed for each drink.
Once you have everything you need, it’s time to START MIXING! Prepare a single serving of your drinks first so you can do a taste test. Do not be afraid to experiment! If you feel like the finished product does not satisfy your taste buds, go on and increase or decrease the amount of juice, soda, or alcohol in your drink. Remember that even in making party drinks, practice still makes perfect! Once you have come up with the perfect mix, take note of the exact measurements of the ingredients and come up with some sort of “formula”. This way, the taste of your party drinks will be consistent. When making drinks in large quantity, remember your formula and stick to it. Moreover, do not forget to keep your mixers cold and to shake your drinks for at least fifteen seconds. Party drinks do not taste as good when they are not cold enough.
Depending on the event or occasion and the number of guests, you may want to prepare liters or gallons of drinks that would last the whole night, or you may want to set up a booth and prepare the drinks on the spot like a real barista. If you are doing all the drinks before the party, it would be a good idea to invite your friends to help you! It will be a fun bonding experience and can be some sort of pre-party since you will be trying out the drinks already. If you are making the drinks on the spot, you can set up a table where guests can be baristas as well and create their own drinks. It will make the party more interactive, more enjoyable, and the guests will definitely not get bored. They can even dare each other to try the drinks they have prepared.
Now that you know some of the most important things about alcoholic concoctions, it’s time for you to explore the rest of the site. Always remember that when making your own party drinks, you shouldn’t be scared to mix and match! Be innovative and creative. Mix and match different ingredients. Create your own signature drink, name it after you, and serve it every time you have guests over or when you host parties. Your drink will be the talk of the town.