When planning a party, you need to think about all the important details, the most important ones being the food and drinks. Deciding how much alcohol to buy and what type of drinks to serve is as vital to the party planning as choosing the menu. There are several factors to consider when making this important choice and they range from your budget, to the type of party you are planning. Fortunately, there are many different types of drinks to suit any occasion and to cater for different tastes.
Serving liquor at a party and knowing how to mix drinks properly is a mystery to most people. Fortunately, there are some tips that will help you to get valuable information about the drinks to purchase. You will not have to worry about your party ending early because the drinks ran out, or worse still, serving drinks that no one likes!
Choosing the quality
One of the most important decisions you need to make is the quality of drinks that you serve at your party. You should never skimp on quality when it comes to buying liquor. It is important to remember that the better the quality, the easier the drink will be on the stomach. The last thing you need is to gain the reputation of serving cheap drinks that make people sick. Visit a specialty liquor store and select a couple of drinks that your guests will love.
Hire a professional
You should consider hiring a professional bartender, especially if you are planning a large function. The best thing about having a bartender is that you have someone who can help to control the portions that people drink. You need to remember that people tend to get carried away any time free drinks are flowing. A professional will help with consumption monitoring to keep the party from becoming unruly.
Know what to serve
It is a good idea to ask your guests their drinks preferences where possible. However, this might not be practical for a large function and it can open a can of worms if your guests have expensive tastes. The best option is to offer a wide variety and hope that everyone finds something they like. Decide what your budget is or what you can afford and then decide what you want to serve. The fact is that most people will drink almost anything when it is free!
Fun drink recipes
To make your party even more interesting, consider getting several flavorful and fun drink recipes to complement your meal. Fruit flavored drinks, wine spritzers and light wines are great for a brunch or lunch. Cocktail parties are open to different beverages and you can serve soda, wine and beer. Mixed drinks can range from a simple scotch and soda to other drinks that require a little more effort like Manhattan. There are cocktails or mixed drinks that require different equipment like juicers, blenders, strainers, jiggers and pitchers. You will also need syrups, carbonated water and fruit garnishes.
Amount to serve
When buying drinks, you need to determine how much to serve. The type of party and the time of day will play a major role when it comes to determining how much liquor to serve. The amount of alcohol that is consumed at an evening party is much more than what you would serve during a late brunch. When planning how much to serve, estimate 2 drinks for each person during the first hour and one drink for every hour thereafter until the party ends.
When planning how much to purchase, you need to think about the drinks that most of your guests drink. If you have more wine drinkers than beer drinkers, buy more wine than beer. If your friends love beer, think about the number of bottles you need, or better yet, consider getting a keg!