Help Me with My Booze, Please

Yup. I’m so totally posting three times a week. Cough. Well, no matter. I am here now, and I need your help!

CW and I are having a cocktail party tomorrow night — it’s a combination holiday, birthday, and end-of-semester party — and I am quite pleased and excited. I am looking for some input on drinks, though.

I’ve already got one specialty drink that I’m going to pre-mix in a big batch and have in a pitcher. It’s a bourbon, cider, and ginger beer combination that is quite tasty if I do say so myself. So that one will be the sort of “signature” drink. I would love some feedback on the other booze we’ll have on hand, though.

Here’s what I was thinking: additional bourbon (besides the stuff in the cider drink above), vodka, and maybe gin (?). We’ll also have cranberry juice, club soda, tonic, and Coke/Diet Coke. Maybe also ginger ale. So that way, people could make vodka cranberry fizzes, bourbon and soda, gin and tonic, vodka or bourbon with ginger ale, bourbon and Coke/Diet, etc.

First question: Is that enough variety? Are there any essential mixers I’m forgetting about? Is gin too much a summer drink?

Second question: I might also get a small bottle of vanilla vodka and a small one of Frangelico for making birthday cake shots. Would that be overkill, or fun? (This is a super tasty shot — mix equal parts vanilla vodka and Frangelico, serve with a sugared lemon slice that you bite/lick after doing the shot. It tastes AMAZINGLY like chocolate cake.) The only drawback, for me, is having to buy a second bottle of vodka, because this calls for vanilla vodka. Should I do it?

Oh, and for people who don’t care for cocktails, there will also be some red & white wine on hand, and a little beer. I told people if they want beer, though, they might want to bring some. We’ll have La Croix and all the mixers for people who prefer non-alcoholic drinks, too.

Here’s what else we’re having, in case you’re interested: I am in charge of dessert, which is going to be three kinds of cupcakes. I’m making gingerbread cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting, peppermint bark cupcakes (chocolate-peppermint cake with vanilla buttercream and crouched candy cane topping), and classic vanilla with sprinkles. CW is in charge of the savory snacks, and he’s making bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese, caprese skewers, and some kind of crostini with either a smoked salmon, asparagus, or artichoke topping (not sure which yet). There will also be a cheese plate, and I think some people might bring stuff, but I’m not sure what. I have already made the cupcakes and I’ll be icing them tomorrow, plus helping CW assemble his things. I just hope I can keep my hands off the cupcakes tonight.

Anyway, any of your thoughts about the drink situation are totally appreciated! I’m picking everything up tomorrow afternoon.


  1. If you’re already going to have ginger beer on hand, you could get some dark rum for a dark & stormy. Also the vanilla vodka would also go nicely in a white or black russian if you grabbed a small bottle of kahlua & some half & half. I don’t know why, but white russians just taste like the holidays to me.


  2. Why are we not neighbors? I mean, that sort of assumes if we were I’d get invited but DAMN this sounds like a delicious party. I was going to suggest grapefruit juice as a mixer because everyone I know is currently obsessed with greyhounds (and they are tasty, though not quite holiday-ish.) I second the white russian stuff because that can also go well with coffee/cocoa if you are having some kind hot beverage.

    Here’s the thing though: you can just keep going and going and going with good bar stuff. If you stopped with only the things you listed above in the post – I think you’d be just fine, so I don’t think you have to get too crazy. Have fun!


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