When you think about drinks for adult birthday parties, you may think about drinks like mint juleps, sweet tea, chai, cappuccino, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, or Smirnoff Ice, depending on the formality of the party. For many, creating a delicious concoction seems like it is just too far out of their reach. However, you can serve extraordinary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks without much fuss. If you plan on inviting a lot of people, though, you may want to hire a bartender or barista so you have time to enjoy yourself.
Alcoholic drinks, although served at many adult parties, may or may not have a place at your party. Turning a drink into an alcoholic drink is as easy as adding a splash of liquor or replacing soda with beer. If you do serve alcoholic beverages, be sure to serve enough for one or two drinks per person, and serve plenty of non-alcoholic beverages as well. Too many drinks could turn the mood sour.
Now, to move on to the flavors—any and every flavor you want. Almost every flavor can be mixed with another with superior results, such as lemon and pineapple juice in sparkling water or something silly like a cinnamon and Coke ice-cream float. Mints mix with most fruits, as do most herbal teas. Always keep other people’s preferences in mind when planning your drinks, though. Even if you love the exotic flavors of starfruit, mango, and guava, does not necessarily mean your guests do.
After you decide on the flavors, you will need to pick the best way to serve them. Not everything is cookie-cutter. You can serve nearly any drink iced or hot, muddled or strained; and in a tall glass, short glass, martini glass or any other glass you may have. Slushes are also great drink choices during the warmer months. If you have fresh fruit as an ingredient in your drinks, remember to remove any seeds first. Also, if you are inviting picky eaters, it may be wise to strain out any extraneous chunks of fruit in the drink.
Just because this is an adult birthday party does not mean you should avoid some silly drinks. Bright, fun colors mixed with sophisticated flavors is a great way to have a little fun. Honestly, a lot of exotic fruits do lend themselves to bright colors anyway. Floats, done with smaller scoops of ice cream, can also be striking in the right glass, with the right garnishes. The key to serving a memorable drink is to serve nothing plain—mix, stir, garnish, and serve in a decorative glass. Who knows? You might even be able to break out the mini paper umbrellas.