Alcoholic beverages don’t get much more exciting than cocktails, do they? There’s something wonderful about the science of mixing different ingredients together to create a delicious concoction which will not only taste incredible, but help to get you pretty squiffy at the very same time. Regardless of the occasion, we think cocktails can only heighten your party experience. Many shun adding cocktails to their own house party plans because of the costs which can be involved in splurging on lots of expensive alcohol, however, there are a number of different ways which you can throw a DIY cocktail party. Here are our top tips on how to throw the ultimate DIY cocktail party.
What you’ll need:
Something to mix your cocktails in - a shaker and a stirrer
A range of different mixers
A range of different alcohol types
Things to consider when planning your DIY cocktail party:
Throwing a DIY cocktail party is endless amounts of fun, but you need to make sure you keep an eye on your budget. There are a number of different ways you can do this - by setting a budget for yourself and sticking to it when you purchase your cocktail making ingredients. If you’re throwing a cocktail party with a friend then a collective budget will stretch a lot further. If you’re planning a hen party or a house party - why not ask for a small contribution from everyone attending to ensure you can purchase enough different types of alcohol to create some fabulous cocktails!
Bring Your Own
A great way to ensure you have plenty of variety when it comes to cocktail making is to ask everyone to bring a different spirit or type of alcohol. This method requires a little less planning, because naturally you’ll just have to run with whichever drinks end up on the table, but it will certainly guarantee a healthy variety without an outrageous cost for the hosts!
Being tactical is a key to create a fantastic DIY cocktail party and ensure that when you’re doing the shopping for your event - you make tactical purchases. Decide where you want to spend your money on and which ingredients you can perhaps afford to splash out on, and which you’d like to save your money on. Is high quality vodka essential? Or would you rather purchase a more expensive but unique liqueur that will add a different flavour into the mix and last a little longer? Can you save money by opting for non branded fruit juice? Are there any ingredients you already have at home that could come into play? These are all questions you need to ask yourself as you prep for your DIY cocktail party.
A top tip to create a wonderful and varied DIY cocktail party with few ingredients is to shop exclusively for ingredients which are versatile. Choose spirits or alcohol which are completely versatile and required for a number of different cocktails. For example, if you were to opt for rum - be sure you have the ingredients you need to create a range of different rum based cocktails to really use up the ingredients you’ve purchased and make the most of them. Similarly, vodka is another great option.