If you don’t have the money to offer a full bar, create one or two signature cocktails and serve them in fancy pitchers or dispensers. You can also find great buys with case discounts on wine. Again, depending on the occasion and time of day you’re hosting your bash, you can create clever mixed drinks that look expensive but actually aren’t. Inexpensive Prosecco mixed with pomegranate or cranberry juice makes for a beautiful champagne cocktail.
Or, you can create a self-serve Bloody Mary Bar using inexpensive vodka and tomato juice bought in bulk from Costco. Simply mix the base drink in a pitcher and then present beautiful garnish options and spice sauces so guests can make their own Mary.
I offer Bloody Mary bars at a lot of my parties because Bloody Mary cocktails are versatile and pair with everything from tacos and burgers to seafood, appetizers, or flatbread pizzas. Garnishes can include: celery, olives, lemon wedges, lime wedges, cocktail onions, carrots, bacon (yes, bacon!), cucumber slices, pineapple, pickles, mushrooms, shrimp, baby potatoes, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and basil leaves.
Punch is another way to save on liquor costs. If you’re having a Christmas cocktail party consider having a punch bowl with a signature cocktail made from inexpensive liquors and juices. And don’t forget! Eggnog is not just for the geezers anymore! Dressed up with nutmeg and spiced rum, it’s a delicious holiday drink!