How To Create The Perfect Cocktail Menu For Your Guests


The Perfect Cocktail Menu

Whether you go down the easy route of finding a bartender hire service to cater for your party refreshments or decide to try your hand at mixology yourself, we’ve put together some top tips to help you create the perfect cocktail menu for your guests.

You don’t need to be an expert to choose the right cocktails – just need a little common sense and knowledge of some key basics.

Our Top Tips For Creating A Cocktail Menu

  1. Know your guests – list all your invited guests and have a think about what they drink when you join them on a night out – or a night in. Do they favour particular spirits or mixers? Are there some common choices that occur frequently among them?

  2. Match with a theme – have you chosen a theme for your party? If so, this could really help you to create your cocktail menu. Maybe you’re going tropical with a Hawaiian theme, or hosting for a seasonal event such as Christmas or Halloween? You might be holding a sophisticated soiree that calls for bubbles, or a casual catch-up that’s more about traditional favourites. Think about any drinks or tastes associated with your theme and base your menu around those – you can even give your cocktails your own names to match the vibe.

  3. Stick with favourites – there are a few spirits that have fairly general appeal when used in cocktails, so it can be a good idea to base your menu around the ‘core four’: rum, vodka, whiskey and gin. Good mixers to choose include orange and pineapple juice, grenadine, cola and soda.

  4. Cater for non-drinkers – consider including a non-alcoholic cocktail for tee-totallers and for guests who may want to keep an eye on their consumption while still feeling a part of the party.

  5. Avoid overlap – try not to offer more than one cocktail with the same strong core ingredient. For example, two cocktails with ginger or aniseed flavours could alienate several guests and limit their choice.

  6. Stay balanced – however many cocktails you’re adding to your menu, you want to ensure there’s a good balance to cater for everyone; think sour, bitter, fruity and sweet.

  7. Don’t go crazy – once you get beyond 5 or 6 cocktails, mixology can become a little too complex for the uninitiated! It means more ingredients and more skill to memorise and make them – unless you go down the bartender hire route of course.

  8. Ask for input – if you’re not sure what cocktails will appeal to your guests, ask them! You can even set up a brief questionnaire to send with your invitations – you can set these up for free via an online service such as Survey Monkey.

Bring In A Bartender Hire Service

If you’d rather mingle than mix, and don’t want to be stuck behind the bar all night, you could always hire a mixologist to take care of the cocktails. They’ll make and serve the drinks all night – while you party!

A professional bartender hire service will ensure you create the perfect cocktail menu for your guests, and they’ll also bring along all of the other essential accessories and ingredients needed to elevate your menu to cocktail bar standards.

Tailored To Meet Your Needs

Choose one of our bespoke bar hire options and you’ll have the freedom to create a truly unique experience for your guests. Our bars can be personalised with your own branding, while there’s even the option to tailor your cocktail menu so that it fits with a wider theme.

You’ll have a great selection of cocktails to choose from, ranging from the traditional to something a little more out-there.

Hiring a cocktail bar for your next corporate event is also a great way to get people talking and break the ice.

We have a full team of mixologists and flair bartenders on hand to entertain your guests and bring everyone together for a corporate event with a difference. 

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record over thirteen years within the hospitality industry, ten of these as a professional flair bartender. James is the pioneer and founder of Mix and Twist and with the help of his team have expanded Mix and Twist into one of the UK’s leading mobile bar companies, serving major corporate clients as well as premium private parties and wedding events. James' interests outside his passion for being an entrepreneur is his family, his favourite charity which he is dedicated to supporting is Barnados. Connect with James on social media.

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