Are you planning a big party? You’ve sent out the invitations, you have a headcount, and you have your place ready to go. All that’s left are the drinks.
What should you serve? Is there a single drink you should have, or should you go all out? Going all out will show how excited you are to have the party. It will also let you show off your creativity.
What Drinks Should You Serve?
So what do you want to serve? It can seem a little chaotic to think about. You may be having many guests coming to your party. How are you going to make them all happy?
Well, most alcohol that’s serve at restaurants are vodka, rum, whiskey, wine, and beer. For mixed drinks, you should have cranberry juice, club soda, Coke, tonic water, and lemons.
It could be helpful to have pitchers full of drinks, so your guests can serve themselves. You can decide what you want to fill them with. Do you want them to just be water, so people stay hydrated? Do you want a fun mixed drink?
Make sure that you have enough variety to make everyone happy, but not too much and have them be overwhelmed.
This can be easy to overlook, but make sure you have some fun nonalcoholic options available. It’s never a good feeling to be sipping water while everyone else has colorful drinks. It can make the guests that choose not to drink feel left out.
What Makes a Good Drink Menu?
So you’ve decided to go all out. If you are serving different types of drinks, you should create a drink menu for your guests. But, maybe you’ve never made a drink menu before and don’t know where to start.
The most obvious place to start is putting all the drinks you are going to serve on it. Think about how many options you are going to offer. Are you making the drinks yourself? Having people make their own? Are you able to hire a bartender?
Depending on your answer, you will know how many options to offer.
Something else to think about is whether or not your guests are familiar with the drinks you serve. Should you add descriptions? You can write what it’s made of and how it tastes. Is it sweet? Sour? Smooth?
Also, add any allergy notices. Some people may be excited to see gluten free options, for example.
Should You Serve Snacks Too?
Snacks are always a good idea. Depending on what time you have the party, your guests may grow hungry.
Plus, having snacks helps minimize anyone getting sick because they drank on an empty stomach.
Make sure that the snacks you serve are small and easy to eat. You don’t want to your guests to have to carry around plates and a glass. It’s hard to do that while standing and talking. It will force them to take a seat and then they may not talk to others as much.
Do You Want a Themed Party?
Are you throwing a party for a reason? Is it a holiday party? Birthday? Something else? Themed parties can make creating a drink menu a lot easier. You can look at drink’s name and use it if it matches the theme.
You can think about what the drinks look like. If the colors go with the theme, then you can add it. For example, for a 4th of July party, you can have red, white, and blue drinks.
It doesn’t have to be a holiday party to be themed. You can focus on a specific drink and create a theme around that. Maybe a favorite decade of yours? Maybe you want to create a little slice of the tropics in the middle of winter.
Have fun with it! Coming up with these ideas doesn’t have to be such a serious task.
13 Best Drinks to Put on the Drink Menu
Now that you know all about creating a drink menu, it’s time to actually to think about what drinks you want to put on your menu.
Here are some fun and delicious ideas if you need inspiration. We hope you enjoy the following drinks:
This is a drink that can be served in a large amount. It’s something that can be in a punch bowl or a pitcher.
All you need is:
- 1 bottle is pisco
- 1 cup St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- 1 ½ cups of strawberry syrup
- 1 ½ cups of lime juice
- 2 bottles of sparkling apple cider
- 2 limes for garnish
- A large ice block
- ¾ cup of water
- 1 ½ cups strawberries that are cut in half
To make strawberry syrup, you need:
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 3.4 cup water
- 1 ½ cups of strawberries cut in half
To make the punch, you need to first mix all the ingredients in, except for the sparkling apple cider and ice block. Cover it and put it in the fridge for a few hours until it’s cold. Make sure you also put the sparkling cider in the fridge as well.
When the party starts, put the ice block in a bowl, then pour the punch over it. Add the cider, stir it all together, and add limes for a fun look.
To make the strawberry syrup, you need to mix the sugar and water in a pan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. It needs to be up to a simmer and cooled down. This will take around 30 minutes. Once it’s cool, you can add the strawberries.
Then mash the strawberries up. Once you’ve done that, pour the smashed remains through a strainer. This will take away the pulp, so that you can use the rest for the syrup.
This is another drink that can be made in large quantities. This recipe makes 2 quarts’ worth.
You will need:
- 4 cups of filtered or purified water
- ½ cup of hibiscus
- 4 cups of watermelon juice
- ¼ raw honey, maple syrup, or another sweetener
- ½ cup of lime juice
To make this drink you need to boil some water and then put the hibiscus in. Let this steep for around 5 to 8 minutes.
To make the watermelon juice, try to get as many seeds out of the watermelon as you can, or buy a seedless melon. Then cut it into cubes. Put 4 to 6 cups of the cubes into a blender until it’s smooth. Next, put the juice through a strainer to make sure any pulp is separated.
Then strain the hibiscus tea and add your sweetener. Stir it together until it’s dissolved. Once the tea is cool, you can add both liquids together along with the lime juice.
This is a great nonalcoholic choice for a punch drink. It’s also very easy to make. You will need:
- 2 liters Dr. Pepper
- 1 bottle of pure cherry or pom-cherry juice
- 1 liter of Ginger Ale
- 1 jar of maraschino cherries
- 1 cup of pomegranate arils
- Crushed ice
Pour the sodas, cherry juice, and cherries into a punch bowl. Use the pomegranate arils as a garnish.
4. Mai Tai
This is a classic drink. You can’t make a good drink menu if you don’t have any of the classics. The ingredients are:
- A dash of Pernod
- 1 cup of cracked ice
- 1 ½ ounces dark rum
- ½ ounces of orange curacao
- ¾ ounce of fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce of white rum
- 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
- ice cubes
- Pineapple wedge, cherry and mint sprig for a garnish
To make this, first fill a shaker with ice cubes. Then add an ounce of dark rum, white rum, lime juice, curacao, bitters, and Pernod.
Then shake it hard. When you’re done, you pour it through a strainer and into a glass with the cracked ice. Then add the garnish of your choice.
If you are looking for a refreshing drink, look no further. The mojito is well known for being refreshing. You will need:
- 8 mint leaves
- 1 mint sprig for the garnish
- 2 ounces of white rum
- ¾ ounce of fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce of Simple Syrup
- ½ ounce of chilled club soda
You will need a cocktail shaker so that you can mix the mint leaves together. Then you will add the ice, rum, lime juice, and Simple Syrup. Shake vigorously. After that, you put it in a glass, mix in the club soda, and add your garnish.
Then you’re done!
This is a great recipe that has the attitude of whisky, but the taste is more appealing to a wider variety of people. This recipe will fill a pitcher. You will need:
- 12 ounces of blended Scotch
- 4 ounces of dry white wine
- 4 ounces of fresh lemon juice
- 4 ounces of Simple Syrup
- 8 ounces of chilled ginger beer or ginger ale
- Angostura bitters for garnish
You put the scotch, white wine, lemon juice, and Simple Syrup together in a pitcher. You need to cover the pitcher, so that you can shake it. Once properly shaken, add ice to the mixture.
Then last but not least, stir in the ginger beer and add the garnish.
This is a great drink if you are having a get together during the summer. It will keep your guests cool, even while socializing in the sun. The ingredients are:
- 1 can ginger beer
- 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger
- Juice from 1 Lime
- 4 ounces of dark rum
- 2 cups of ice
You will need a blender to make this drink. You will be blending the ginger beer, fresh ginger, lime juice, and ice together.
Then pour the mix into a glass and pour the dark rum on top.
8. Rum Sunset
This is a pretty drink to look at. It lives up to its name, it looks like a sunset in a glass. Don’t worry, it’s still fairly easy to make. You will need:
- 12 ounces of orange juice
- 3 ounces of light rum
- 2 tablespoon of grenadine
- lime slices for garnish
All you have to do is combine the orange juice and rum, then make sure to put aside 1/3 of the mixture. Then you will pour the remaining 2/3 into a glass filled with ice.
Blend the saved mix and rum together, along with the 2 tablespoon of grenadine. Then you pour it into a glass so that it settles on the bottom. This is how you create the pretty ombré look.
Don’t forget to add your lime slices.
This drink will probably remind you of Willy Wonka because it’s incredibly sweet. This would be an ideal drink if you are having a candy themed party or even a movie themed one. All you need is:
- 4 cups of sprite
- 4 ounces of vodka
- 4 Pixy Stixs
- 4 rock candy sticks
This recipe makes 4 glasses, so to start pour Sprite into 4 glasses. Then add an ounce of vodka and one Pixy Stix.
Your guests can join in by stirring the drink with a rock candy stick. Everyone can laugh about using a piece of candy as a stirrer.
10. Cuba Libre
Honestly, this is just a rum and coke with a bit of lime juice. This is a good drink for any guest that isn’t interested in an overly fruity or sweet drink. This recipe will make 2 Cuba Libres. The ingredients are:
- 3 ounces of spiced rum
- 1 can of Coke
- Juice from 1 lime
- 2 lime wedges for garnish
All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together and pour it into 2 glasses. Plus, putting the lime wedge on the rim.
Don’t forget about your guests that may choose not to drink. This is a great virgin version of a beloved drink. You need:
- 2 ounces of honey or agave
- 1 ounce limeade concentrate
- 1 ounce of fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce of grapefruit juice
- 2 drops of almond extract (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon of orange extract or orange bitters
- ¾ cup of ice
- 1 tablespoon flake salt
- 1.2 teaspoon of chili powder
- Lime for garnish
You will need to put honey, limeade, lime juice, grapefruit juice, almond, orange extracts, and ice into a blender. Have it spinning until everything is liquid.
Then you need to rim a margarita glass with salt and chili. Once you are done, pour the margarita in the glass and add a lime garnish.
Here’s another fun mocktail that’s easy to make. The ingredients are:
- ¼ cup of fresh blueberries
- ½ lime juice
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 ginger beer
- Crushed ice
All you need to do is add washed blueberries to a glass with the lime wedges and sugar. Then stir it together well.
Then pour it into a fresh glass and add crushed ice. Last, but not least, pour the ginger beer and stir.
This is an incredibly sweet drink that will be good for kids and adults alike. It will be a good choice in the middle of winter. You will need:
- ½ cup of white chocolate chips
- ½ cup of rainbow chips
- 2 tablespoons of rainbow sprinkles
- 2 tablespoons of regular sprinkles
- 2 tablespoons of star decorations
- 2 cups of prepared hot cocoa
To make this drink, melt the chocolate chips in a bowl. Make sure to stir it until it’s smooth.
Then add the rainbow chips and sprinkles in a big bowl.
Once the chocolate is melted, dipped the rim of the glass into it. Then while still liquid, dip the chocolate covered glass into the sprinkles. Put the glasses in the fridge until the chocolate hardens.
Finally, pour in the hot chocolate.
Make Sure You Are Well Stocked
With a focus on drinks, snacks, and guests, it’s easy to forget about some basic supplies that are needed. The last thing you want to is to run out of something in the middle of the party.
Make sure you have plenty of ice. Ice is a key part of refreshing drinks and if you run out, drinks can lose their flavor. It will take a while to make more yourself as well.
Make sure you have everything you need to make drinks like a shaker, jigger and strainer, and a blender. You will also need plenty of glasses.
Are You Ready to Party?
Alright, you learned about what makes a good drink menu, the kind of snacks you should serve, and got some drink ideas to get you started.
Hopefully, you will feel more prepared as you get those invitations sent out. Planning a party should be as much fun as the actual party is!