6 Must-Have Drinks for a Cocktail Party

Posted May 31, 2022 by in Lifestyle

If you’re planning to throw a party, there’s a whole list of things that you need to do. From planning the guest list to the perfectly curated playlist, and micromanaging everything during the party, you might not have time to mingle with your guests. It could be even worse if you spend the entire night playing bartender.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of easy drink recipes that will keep you out of the bar so you can spend time with your mates.

1. Mojito

When it comes to a cocktail party, you can’t go wrong with the good-old classic Mojito. The combination of fresh mint, lime, and bubbly carbonated water with Rum makes it the most refreshing summer cocktail.

This Cuban highball is made with only a few simple ingredients, but the result is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. However, the drink is so good that it may get your friends drunk sooner than expected.

A traditional mint mojito has only five ingredients: rum, sugar, lime juice, club soda, and mint. Always use white Rum. For the best flavor, use freshly squeezed limes. To lighten the drink and balance the other ingredients, finish with club soda. Serve in a tall Collins Glass.

mojitio sitting on table

2. Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island iced tea is an all-time favorite of almost every cocktail connoisseur. This can add some much-needed variety to your cocktail menu. Also, with roughly double the alcohol content of your standard cocktail, the Long Island Iced Tea is a cost-effective way to get drunk. However, as delicious as it is, this drink can cause woeful hangovers.

It’s no secret that Long Island Iced Tea can be difficult to make, but we’re here to help. This cocktail contains vodka, light rum, tequila, gin, triple sec, and a splash of cola to give it the flavor of iced tea. All of this must be combined, gently stirred, and you are ready to go.

3. Gin & Tonic

The benefits of gin and tonic should not be underestimated. They are possibly one of the best examples of two singularly good things made perfect by combining them.

Winston Churchill famously stated, “The gin and tonic have saved more Englishmen’s lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire.” Explore how tonic pairs with the surfeit of gins available in the market. 

The gin-tonic ratio varies according to taste, gin strength, and other drink mixers used. Generally, most recipes call for a ratio between 1:1 and 1:3. Add fresh lime juice or invest in premium tonic water for a more nuanced taste.

4. Sangria

Sangria is impossible to resist, and there are endless variations to try. It is appropriate for all occasions, particularly parties. Sangria’s origins are likely to date back to the Middle Ages when water was considered unsafe to drink, and fermented beverages carried a much lower risk of causing illness.

Serve a deliciously sweet red wine version at summer parties. It only calls for a few ingredients, including wine and citrus, but it’s spiced up with ginger ale and pineapple. You can even make it with white wine or vodka and your favorite fruits.

Closeup of person holding up a glass of sangria

5. Kamikaze

The Japanese word kamikaze means “divine wind”. It’s a tasty and refreshing cocktail made with lime juice, triple sec, and vodka. It’s a bright, sweet-tart, refreshing drink that can sneak up on you if you’re not careful. The Kamikaze has a strong citrus flavor despite having so few ingredients. It’s a puckeringly satisfying combination of sweet and tart. 

The Kamikaze is made with equal parts of vodka, triple sec, and lime juice. A wedge or twist of lime is generally used as a garnish. There are dozens of variations available in online databases today. Some recipes call for the addition of cane sugar.

6. Screwdriver

Vodka is the best friend of any party. But you might have to keep the friendship simple if you are operating under the restraint of time and resources.

That’s why the Screwdriver cocktail is the staple drink for any house party. It was one of the first recorded vodka cocktails, and it was not created by a bartender. It was made by American oil workers in the Persian Gulf.

A simple combination of fresh orange juice, vodka, and ice is enough to make this drink. Serve it on the rocks in a highball glass. It’s the ideal party drink to unwind after a long week.

Screwdriver on bar


All of these cocktails are really easy to make in a pitcher, so you don’t have to be stationed at the bar all night long. You can enjoy your party, and no one will get thirsty while waiting for the next round.

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