GUIDE - Party Drinks & Alcohol

 GUIDE - Party Drinks & Alcohol Drinks Alcohol and Refreshments

If your guests are expected to bring their own drinks, let them know on the invitation. Don't forget the ice, you can never have too much ice at a party. Also consider making a punch or two; one alcoholic and one without!

Drinks Checklist

  • Basic Tools (see below)
  • Shopping List (see below)
  • Mixers and garnishes (see below)
  • Glassware - Webtenders guide to glasses and glassware.
  • Drinking Games - Webtenders guide to great drinking games.
  • Search for a drink recipe - Search for drink & cocktail recipes.
  • Hire a Barman - Party Services Directory.

Although most parties are BYO, you might consider hiring a barman for the night, who can whip up fancy cocktails and create quite a bit of atmosphere!

Basic Tools (why not print this page?)  Print this Page

  • Bottle opener
  • Corkscrew
  • Can opener
  • Measuring cups and spoon set
  • Bar spoon with long handle and muddler on the end
  • Juice squeezer
  • Electric blender
  • Cutting board and a sharp knife
  • Ice bucket with an ice tong
  • Mixing glass
  • Shaker and strainer
  • Bottle sealers
  • Towels
  • Boxes/jars to store garnishes in
  • Glassware


  • Cocktail napkins and coasters
  • Swizzle sticks
  • Straws, both long and short ones
  • Cocktail picks
  • Sugar and salt (for coating rim of glasses)

Shopping list

  • Brandy
  • Gin (dry)
  • Vodka
  • Bourbon
  • Scotch whiskey
  • Rum (white / dark)
  • Vermouth (dry / sweet)
  • Tequila
  • White and red wine (dry)
  • Beers


  • Advocaat (like brandy eggnog)
  • Amaretto (almond)
  • Anisette (anise)
  • Benedictine (herbs)
  • Chambord (black-raspberry)
  • Chartreuse (herbs)
  • Contreau (oranges, like curaçao)
  • Crème de Cacao (cacao)
  • Crème de Cassis (blackcurrant)
  • Crème de Menthe (mint)
  • Crème de Violette (lavender)
  • Crème Yvette (violets)
  • Curaçao (oranges)
  • Galliano (herbs and spices)
  • Godiva (chocolate)
  • Goldwasser (herbs and spices, flecked with gold leaf bits)
  • Grand Marnier (champagne and curaçao)
  • Irish Mint (whiskey and cream)
  • Kahlúa (coffee)
  • Kümmel (caraway)
  • Mandarine Napoléon (tangerine)
  • Midori (melon)
  • Ouzo (anise)
  • Peter Heering (cherry)
  • Prunelle (plum)
  • Sabra (orange and chocolate)
  • Sambuca (wild elderberries)
  • Southern Comfort (peach)
  • Strega (orange and spices)
  • Tia Maria (coffee)
  • Triple Sec (oranges, like curaçao)

Mixers, flavourings and garnishes

  • Club soda
  • Tonic water
  • Ginger ale
  • 7-Up or Sprite
  • Cola
  • Juices:
    • Tomato juice
    • Orange juice
    • Pineapple juice
    • Cranberry juice
    • Grapefruit juice
  • Bitters
  • Grenadine
  • Maraschino liqueur
  • Worchestershire sauce
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Milk
  • Coffee
  • Heavy cream
  • Cherries (maraschino)
  • Green olives (small)
  • Cocktail onions
  • Lemons, limes and oranges
  • Sugar, salt and pepper.

Don't forget the non-alcoholic drinkers!

And remember to drink responsibly!  Help your guests by pre-arranging taxi's and transportation.  The easier you make it for your guests to be driven home the more likely they are to oblige.