They say the key to any great party is for the host to have as much fun as the guests. Be it the planning, the execution, or basking in the compliments of your guests later, hosting a party sure has its perks.
Now if you’re looking to play host and throw a cocktail party for the first time, there’s bound to be some nervous jitters.
But start off on a fun note, and we bet your party will score a perfect 10. And what better way than to start with crafting the perfect drinks menu!
Our handy little guide will make the experience easy and stress-free.
The most important part of a cocktail party is but obviously, the cocktails! And when it comes to cocktails, not everyone likes to sip on the same ones.
This is where a drinks menu comes into the picture.
Show off your creativity and home-bartending skills as you create a menu while keeping in mind the theme of your party.
Keeping It Classic
Start off by drafting a simple one that includes the classics. The best and easiest ones you could concoct would be a cosmopolitan, a martini, an old fashioned, or even a Cubano. They’re fail-safe and loved by all.
Here’s how you can whip up an evergreen martini in just seconds.
50 ml Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
12.5 ml Dry Vermouth
Lemon zest, for garnish
1. Shake or stir the vodka and dry vermouth as desired and strain into a chilled martini glass.
2. Garnish with a zest of lemon.
Showing Off Your Signature
Admit it, how many times, while waiting for your drink, have you wished to be on the other side of the bar? Whipping up a cocktail just like a bartender would sure sound enticing, especially if you plan to do it at your own party. So why not practice till you perfect it and make your own creation?
Here’s a recipe you can adapt for starters.
Captain’s Masala Nimbu
300ml Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
200ml fresh lemon juice
150ml agave nectar
900ml sparkling water
Fresh basil leaves
1. Measure and pour fresh lemon juice and agave nectar into a large pitcher, stir to combine
2. Add the rum
3. Fill pitcher completely with ice and top with sparkling mineral water
4. Garnish with basil leaves
Dessert For Drinks
Sweet, filling, and fun, dessert cocktails are the perfect sip for anyone with a sweet tooth. Be it something with chocolate, candy, or even honey – these cocktails are a sure shot hit and guaranteed to get your guests talking. Dessert cocktails will let you have your cake and umm… drink it too!
Make a note of these ingredients before you visit the supermarket.
75ml Baileys Original
25ml Johnnie Walker Black whisky
1. Measure and pour the Baileys, whisky and honey into a cocktail shaker
2. Fill with ice and shake vigorously to chill down
3. Strain the mixture into a chilled brandy balloon
There’s nothing better than designing a drinks menu to let your creative side show. Select a theme that you find easier to stick to when it comes to not only the cocktails, but also the food. Here’s a cocktail for you to try if you want to go for all things berry!
30ml Johnnie Walker Red Label Whisky
30ml simple syrup, as required
Fresh blackberries, for garnish
Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
1. Muddle black berries and mint leaves in a bowl, add to glass.
2. Fill glass with crushed ice.
3. Add 30ml Johnnie Walker Red and then simple syrup.
4. Garnish with mint leaves and blackberries.
Have your own ideas to share? We would love to hear them! Tell us all about your party hosting skills in the comments below.
Credits: exploredrinks.com, styleandlife.com, themix.co.nz