Finding the perfect drink: The Who, What, When, Where, and Why’s

Last weekend, I had to do a tasting for a couple of ladies that are holding an event with hundreds of people. I realized during this tasting that there is a common problem for the host of a party. What is the best way to decide on a drink selection for your guests? It was an eye opening experience as a bartender. When I am behind the bar working and somebody asks me to make them a custom drink, it’s easy. I turn around and see my fully stocked bar, with all of the mixers I have on hand, which are a lot. When you are hosting a party at home however, those options most likely are not available. So I have come up with a few questions to ask yourself when making these decisions for your next event.

#1 What do you want to spend?

First and foremost, you need to decide what you are willing to spend, and whether you want one themed drink, or options for everybody to be able to decide. If your budget is not unlimited, a great option is to choose a main drink that fits the moment, and then ask your guests to each bring something to contribute. Whether it be a bottle of wine, a case of beer, or some mixers to pair with the spirit you have chosen.

#2 Where and Why?

Next question to ask yourself is the general theme of your event. Are you having a winter party to celebrate a holiday? Is this a summer gathering to cut loose and enjoy the beautiful weather? Maybe it’s in the winter, but you want to bring summer back for a night. Once you have the answer to that question it will be easier to narrow down drink selections that will appease a group of people. Most times guests will enjoy going along with a theme, and will get into the spirit excitedly.

Themed drinks are most always a hit. A go to for me for a summer cocktail is to muddle some fresh strawberries and mint leaves, and add 2.5 ounces of your choice spirit. This mixes well with most alcohols, so feel free to choose your favorite (maybe avoid the $100 bottle of scotch you’ve been saving). Add ice and shake it until it is frosty. Strain it into a glass over fresh ice, and add a simple squeeze of lime. If you want to lighten it up a bit an alternate option would be only 1.5 ounces of alcohol, and top it off with some club soda.

#3 Who and When?

An important factor in making your final decisions is what time of day is your party, and who is coming? Are you holding an afternoon barbecue with your family, a brunch with your friends, or is this a night time banger with various characters? To follow up on this, how long do you plan on entertaining everybody. Do you want them out by evening, or is this an all day into the night, watch the sun break through the sky in the morning type of shindig?

If you plan on getting everybody out in time to enjoy your show that comes on at 8pm, you probably don’t want to send everybody shots of tequila. Also, if you plan on it being a whole day of festivities, you probably don’t want to push the shots before the sun goes down. Nobody wants their favorite (yet slightly embarrassing) uncle sloshed before the party really gets heated.

For example, a brunch with a group of your besties may be best served with a twist on a mimosa. My favorite way to spruce up this classic cocktail is by adding a splash of Chambord with your orange juice and bubbly.Once you have answered these questions, a drink of choice will be much easier to pinpoint.

I hope this will be helpful for the next time you decide to get a group of your favorite people together. Download Roxi today so you can rest assured that you can enjoy that themed drink without having to be the one to make it!

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