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Cocktail Craze

23 February 2011

Cocktail parties have really made a come back and thank goodness coz they're my fave type of soiree and not just because they're a convenient way to entertain any kind of guest from neighbours to business associates. 

If you're a busy girl, like me, the typical time-frame for cocktail party is usually only two hours.  But of course the most important part is the liquid!

Whether you're an experienced cocktail party host, or just experimenting, here are some useful tips to help make your next party a successful event.

Stock up on plenty of ice. You'll need it for chilling as well as serving in drinks. Plan to have 1 pound of ice per guest.

Be prepared with an assortment of glass styles to cover the type of drinks you plan to serve.  Wine glasses for wines, juice and water, straight-sided highballs for tall drinks, tumblers for spirits and martini glasses. Try to have more on hand than you need.

For a 2 hour party, have one bottle of wine for every two guests and ensure you have a mix of white and red varieties.

For a basic bar you'll want to stock up on vodka, whiskey, wines and beer. If you're going the full hog, add gin, tequila, rum, bourbon, sherry, and brandy. Don't forget to stock up on mixers including orange juice, soda, tonic, ginger ale, cola, tomato juice, tabasco, lemons, limes, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce.

Consider hiring a bartender to mix the drinks for your party.  It will allow you much more time to socialise with your guests.

Have coffee available for guests that may need a little assistance at the end of the party. Your local taxi company phone number should also be handy and offered to any guests that shouldn't be driving.





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