There are few things in life quite as fun and rewarding as hosting a party or big event. Fun is almost always flowing when we’re together with family and friends, and many people relish the opportunity to be a great host. If you are planning out your next big party, be sure to start thinking about a unique and eye catching drink menu for guests. Let’s face it, most of your party guests are going to head to the bar as soon as they arrive and you’re going to want to be sure to have lots of options.
If you are having trouble deciding what to pick up at the liquor store, don’t sweat it! There are tons of exciting drink ideas and recipes out there for you to experiment with. As long as you put in just enough preparation and thought, your drink menu will be an even bigger hit than the inflatable sport mascots or nacho dip. Let’s take a look at some fun drink ideas for your next big party.
Chocolate Orange Cocktails
What party would be complete without some cocktails on the menu? Sure, some of your guests probably aren’t in a cocktail mood, but those guests can just drink some light beer or, even worse, a non-alcoholic drink!
Now, everyone knows more traditional cocktails, and sometimes even those can get a bit boring. So, why not introduce a little bit of flavor anarchy into the mix? Consider mixing up some delicious and sweet chocolate orange cocktails. These cocktails are great as an after dinner treat, or make great pairing drinks with light appetizers or starters.
To get going, all you will need is some shaved chocolate, vodka, orange juice, orange syrup, and orange zest.
A Flaming Volcano
How about a flaming volcano? While that name is pretty intimidating, we promise none of your party guests will end up like the residents of Pompeii; at worst they may wake up with a hangover!
This type of concoction actually involves live fire, so do be careful if you are considering adding this to your bar menu, and be sure to let anyone who orders a flaming volcano to know what to expect.
If you are determined to have an eruption of fun at your big gathering pick up some 151 proof rum, vodka, lemon lime soda, falernum, simple syrup, and blue curaçao.
Classic Old Fashioned
Why not incorporate a classic while you’re at it? Listen, fun and new drinks are absolutely a part of wowing party guests, but at the end of the day, the classics are classics for a reason. So, you’ve decided you want some oldie but goodies on your drink menu, but which drink should you choose?
You absolutely can not go wrong with an old fashioned. A tried and true drink that has been on the lips of bar patrons and bartenders for decades. This bourbon cocktail’s roots can be traced back to Louisville, Kentucky and some say you can taste just a little bit of the south in every gulp. If you are running low on bourbon, whiskey can definitely also get the job done in a pinch.
In order to put this classic crowd pleaser together, you’re going to need to find yourself some super fine sugar, toasted sugar, or a sugar cube works as well. Once you’ve got your sugar squared away, pick up some bitters. There are a few different types of bitters that work, but agnostura is traditionally used.
Then be sure to stock up on bourbon and whiskey, and finally, grab some oranges and cocktail cherries.