The only 5 tips you need to boss your next cocktail party
Hosting a cocktail party but have no idea where to start? These five tips are all you need to absolutely boss your next shindig.
Don’t worry about splashing the cash
- All the cocktails in my FREE guide to Christmas cocktail making (see below) are made using equipment you’ll likely have in your kitchen – or can pick up cheaply from the supermarket
- If you don’t have a stash of spirits already in the house, ask people to bring specific types along with them
Match the cocktail type to the crowd
- Likely to have a number of tee-totallers? Check out my booze-free options, like this Spiced Redcurrant and Rose Smash
- Are your friends avid gym bunnies? Skinny cocktails don’t need to be lacking: the Flu Fighter is for you.
Fudge it with mixers
- Good quality mixers are the cheap way to up the quality of your drinks
- Don’t worry so much about soda and fizzy water, but buy the best tonic water you can afford. Same goes for other mixers like ginger ale
- Buy more than you think you'll need before your party. A multi-pack of soda can be tucked into a cupboard out of sight – it'll save you running out mid-evening
Stick to a maximum of three drinks – or less
- If you’re keen to mix cocktails on demand, be sure to stick to fewer than three options
- For a crowd, my punchbowls are perfect – and surprisingly sophisticated. Try the Boilermaker Punch - plus more retro winners in my free cocktail guide
Garnishes are a minimum-fuss, maximum-impact way to add class
- Flavoured salt or sugar glass rims are the easy way to enhance or add flavour
- Match the garnish to the main flavours of the drink: look at the back label for key botanicals or flavours and pick them out. For example, Tanquery gin and grapefruit are a match made in heaven, as are spiced rum and candied orange peel slices (you can pick them up at the supermarket in the home baking aisle).
- For step-by-step instructions on how to create these garnishes and many more, check out my FREE guide below: How To Throw A Holiday Party Like A Bona Fide Adult