There is nothing better then going to someones house and having an option of what to drink.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed my friends are starting to have different tastes in alcohol than what they used to. Those days where if it was a dollar for a draft, you were going to drink it to get drunk, are over (for the most part).
I’m not saying that I’m too old to go out and have a good time, but I’m at the point where I have a job and life is too short to drink crappy alcohol. I’m not just out to get drunk, but I’m out to have a good time with my friends and drink something that I actually like to drink.
I have two go-to drinks in my life, so I’m pretty easy to please. Red wine or Jack Daniels. If you have one of those two things (as long as it’s not gas station wine) I’m pretty happy. Unfortunately, most people don’t have the same tastes that I do. Many people don’t like to drink red wine because it makes them tired or stains their teeth. Now that I’m “grown up” and a bit of a party throwing fanatic, I have to adjust the alcohol I have in my house in order to accommodate not just me, but also the people I invite over.
There are 5 liquors you should always have in stock when having a house party that will ensure you have something that everyone likes:
This is a pretty standard one that you probably already have. If you’re looking to impress Cosmo has some great drink ideas. If you know the people coming over like martini, upgrading to something like Grey Goose if you have the money is definitely worth it because it’s much smoother than Smirnoff or Stoli. Also, grabbing some vermouth is a good idea. If your friends or you don’t care that much, then stick with the cheaper stuff.
I just recently found out that a LOT of people like Gin. Gin and Ginger is very common, as well as Gin Martini’s. If you don’t know what Gin to get, Blue Sapphire is definitely one of the most popular and it’s not TOO expensive.
YUM. Nothing better than a cold margarita on a hot day or any of these drinks! Be careful with this one because some people THINK they want tequila but they really shouldn’t. I know that a shot or two worth of tequila makes me a little crazy, so I avoid it, but some people just can’t say no!
Rum is a really easy basic, because most people don’t drink it without a mix. That means that you don’t need to spring for something expensive, because it will be diluted by the sugary soda that it’s put with. If you are going to put some extra money here, buy an extra bottle of spiced rum and that gives another option.
5. Whiskey – Bourbon, Scotch or Rye
Rye and Ginger is a pretty common drink, but in my experience most people who come over that ask for a Whiskey, are looking for a nice Bourbon or Scotch. They just want something to sip on. This is a little more difficult because people who do drink it on the rocks, want something good. I love Jack Daniels by itself, but it’s great with mix too. Jack is a pretty good basic if you don’t know what to buy, but if you want to know more, The Art Of Manliness has a great guide here.
Not everyone actually likes hard alcohol, so Wine and Beer is always good to have. The good thing about throwing the party, is that people tend to bring one of those two things with them anyway. If you are holding the party, ask people to bring something you don’t have such as soda that they might want, or a type of beer or wine you may not have.
Finally, if you want to go all out, get some of the interesting mixes they have at the liquor store. Blue Curacao is always a good choice, as well as grenadine and sugar mix. Just to sweeten things up a little.
So there you have it. The art of how to have a good home bar, fully stocked that will make just about anyone happy if they come over.