The Essential Drinks For Your Garden Party
As the summer months are fast approaching, many of us are already planning a garden party to catch up with family, friends and loved ones. However, the perfect garden party requires the essential drinks. Once you have picked the date, the time and the guests, you need to think about drinks.
In this blog post we have put together the essential drinks needed for the perfect garden party. You can follow our guide to take away all the stress and worry of not having enough or too much.
- It’s important that you have at least one non-alcoholic option. Some of your guests may prefer not to drink and some may be driving. Make sure they are not left out by offering some delicious mocktails or have some fruit juices available for them to enjoy.
- We recommend that you have a basic selection of mixers for your guests. This should include the standard cola and lemonade but also some juices too. By providing a selection of fruit juices such as orange, pineapple and apple you are offering mixers for spirits, cocktail ingredients and some extra options for those guests that aren’t drinking too.
- You’ll need ice for the drinks, especially if it’s a warmer day. Around 4-5 handfuls of ice should be ideal per person. However, if you have a selection of beers and ciders it’s a good idea to have them in an ice bucket to keep them nice and cool too, so don’t forget to order extra ice for that too.
- The warmer the weather, the thirstier your guests will be. Don’t get so focused on the alcohol, that you forget the water. A few bottles of still and sparkling water could be exactly what your guests need on a warm day. It will keep them hydrated and they’ll feel better the morning after too.
- Think about how many guests will be attending and how many will be drinking wine. One bottle of wine will serve 4-5 people. On average, guests will have 2 drinks each per hour in the first two hours of the party. This will then drop to around one drink per hour until the end of the night. Think about how long your guests will be with you and how much wine you will need.
- As a general rule of thumb, if you’re unsure what your guests will be drinking, plan on four drinks per person for the first 2 hours, then one drink for every extra hour they spend. At most parties you will find that 40% drink beer, 30% drink spirits and 30% will have wine. Bear this in mind when you’re ordering your alcohol online.
You might want to think about nibbles too. Remember that it will be left out for a few hours at a time, so mayonnaise-based foods are best avoided. Think about foods that can be left out all day or consider having a time when all the food is brought out. Bear in mind that if you have salty snacks, people will drink more with them, so add some extra beverages to your list.