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Party Drinks

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

Drinks Checklist

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Basic Tools

  • 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 for a well-stocked bar:

  • Gin (dry)
  • Vodka
  • Bourbon
  • Scotch whiskey / Rye (or Canadian whiskey)
  • Rum (light)
  • Vermouth (dry and sweet)
  • Tequila
  • White and red wine (dry)
  • Beer (lager)
  • Cognac (or other brandy)


  • Advocaat (somewhat 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.

By the way, don't forget the non alcoholics as well!

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