22 DIY Drink Station Ideas (Cheers!)

table setting with peonies and strawberry beverages
Photo: Matt Armendariz

Our favorite party trend? Creative DIY drink stations that let party-goers play mixologist. We're sharing our favorite beverage stations, including an infused vodka station, a mojito station, and more. Once you set out the listed supplies, you're all ready to party!

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Bloody Mary Station

build your own bloody may bar
Kat Teutsch

Rise and shine! Greet the day with a DIY Bloody Mary station with all the must-have mix-ins.

You'll Need: Bloody Mary mix (mild and spicy), vodka, ice, lemons, limes, olives, pickled vegetables, celery, cocktail onions, peppers, hot sauce, and salt.

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Sangria Station

summer party fruit and drinks on table
Rebekah Photography

Pitchers of fresh and fruity sangria star in this summer party idea. Whip up a few simple sangria recipes and serve them with creative toppers like fresh fruit, herbs, and sliced cucumber.

You'll Need: Pitchers of sangria, mix-ins, glasses, and ice.

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Classic Cocktails Station

cocktail party outdoor bar
David Tsay

Party-goers will feel like true mixologists when you give them all the makings of a classic cocktail.

You'll Need: Vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, tequila, tonic water, soda water, soda, simple syrup, fresh fruit, fresh citrus, olives, cocktail shakers, ice, stirrers, and glasses.

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Strawberry-Smash Station

beverage bar in kitchen
David Tsay

Stock your drink station with the essentials to make one signature cocktail like our bourbon strawberry smash.

You'll Need: A pitcher of strawberry-smash cocktails, fresh mint, extra bourbon, ice, glasses, and rose (for the non-bourbon drinkers).

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Boozy Float Station

outdoor garden party beverage stand

Beat the summer heat with a garden party that stars a do-it-yourself float station. Pre-scoop the ice cream into individual cups and freeze until ready to serve. A copper bucket filled with ice keeps the frozen treats extra-cold.

You'll Need: A variety of bottled soda (we like Izze), pre-scooped ice cream, champagne or prosecco, glasses, spoons, straws, and an ice bucket.

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Fresh-Fruit Mimosa Station

mimosas banner on serving cart at poolside
Adam Albright

Toast your guests with a girly mimosa station complete with all the mix-ins. Stock a bar cart with all the ingredients and serve up bubbly champagne drinks at your next summer pool party.

You'll Need: Champagne or prosecco, varieties of juice (we used grapefruit, orange, and guava), fresh-cut fruit, rock candy sticks, champagne glasses, and straws.

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Pisco Sour Station

modern fiesta party bar outdoors

Beat boring margaritas with a fully stocked pisco sour drink station for a modern Mexican fiesta!

You'll Need: A pitcher of pisco sours, colorful soda (like Jarritos), ice, lime wedges, fresh mint, glasses, and bright drink stirrers.

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Spa Water Station

outdoor drink stand

Hydration station! Infuse water and tea with fruit and herbs for summer's most refreshing drink. Our favorite combination? Fresh strawberry and mint.

You'll Need: Party pitchers filled with iced tea and water, fresh fruit and herbs for infusing, and vintage crystal glasses.

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Easy Agua Fresca Station

Food and drinks on a table in front of pink wall that has tissue poms hanging over it
Blaine Moats

Perfect for your next fiesta, agua fresca is a sweet nonalcoholic beverage made with fruit and water. Set up this DIY drink station with homemade rhubarb agua fresca, fresh lemon slices, and cut rhubarb. Add a signature cocktail (like this Burnt-Orange Anejo Sour!), and you're ready to party.

You'll Need: Agua fresca, fresh fruit, a signature cocktail, ice, and glasses.

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Infused Vodka Station

herbal elixir drink station
Helen Norman

Skip expensive store-bought flavored vodkas and make your own! Simply soak herbs in vodka and serve! For a fun and interactive drink station idea, let friends mix their signature cocktail with custom infusions like ginger, coffee, and spices.

You'll Need: Infused vodka, fresh limes, assorted mixers, glasses, napkins, and stirring sticks.

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Mimosa Station

cocktail platter with citrus drinks
Andy Lyons

Gathering for breakfast or brunch? A build-your-own mimosa station is perfect for greeting your guests (and the day!).

You'll Need: Champagne, fresh juice (such as orange and grapefruit), limeade, sugar cubes, bitters, glasses, and spoons.

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Mojito Drink Station

mojito station on porch table
David A Land

The ultimate hands-on drink station—a muddle-your-own mojito bar! We like to start with the original (lime and mint) and experiment with flavored syrups, fresh fruit, and herbs.

You'll Need: Rum, fresh mint, lime wedges, fresh-cut fruit, flavored simple syrups (such as ginger), club soda, glasses, and a muddler.

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Hard Tea Drink Station

outdoor wine station in large jars with fruit
David Tsay

Is there a more refreshing summer drink than iced tea? Set out big containers of brewed tea and let guests mix in fruit, mint, and booze (or not!).

You'll Need: Freshly brewed iced tea, fruit (such as raspberries, lime, lemon, and blueberries), vodka, ice, glasses, and straws.

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Gimlet Station

cocktail ingredients
Adam Albright

We love a lime gimlet—sometimes, making one classic cocktail is the best drink station idea to get the party started.

You'll Need: Vodka or gin, bottled sweetened lime juice, fresh lime wedges, ice, glasses, and a cocktail shaker.

Add ice cubes, 3 tablespoons gin or vodka, and 1 tablespoon bottled sweetened lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well to mix.

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Custom Cocktail Station

table setting with peonies and strawberry beverages
Matt Armendariz

Start with one great homemade mixer and let party-goers create their own custom cocktails. Blend fresh strawberries and basil with a bit of lemon to create a bright base. Set it out on your bar station with assorted spirits and sparkling water.

You'll Need: A mixer, vodka, tequila, rum, sparkling water, fresh lemon slices, basil, sliced strawberries, ice, and glasses.

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Flavored-Lemonade Drink Station

lemonade drink station with labels
Ray Kachatorian

Nothing says summer like freshly squeezed lemonade. Put a signature twist on it with fresh infusions like lavender, berry, and mint.

You'll Need: Fresh lemonade, fresh herbs, fresh fruit, ice, and glasses.

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Margarita Station

party beverage station with limes
Sheri Giblin

On the rocks with salt? Frozen and topped with beer? There are plenty of ways to enjoy a margarita. Let guests do their own thing with a make-it-mine margarita drink station idea.

You'll Need: Classic margaritas (we like to have a pitcher on ice and a pitcher of frozen), fresh lime wedges, coarse salt, beer, stirring sticks, and glasses. Bonus points for a sombrero.

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Hot Cocoa Station

hot cocoa bar with cookies
Bryan E. McCay

Winter is the perfect time to party! Celebrate the season with a hot cocoa station complete with homemade marshmallows!

You'll Need: Homemade hot chocolate, marshmallows, whipped cream, stirring sticks, and insulated cups or mugs.

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Labeled Drink Station

assorted fruit drinks
Blaine Moats

Stock your drink station with premixed drinks and take the guesswork out of entertaining. Here, we used a variety of drinks, including purchased lemonade, mojitos, and citrus-berry punch.

You'll Need: Large drink dispensers, the cocktail of your choice, purchased lemonade, glasses, and straws.

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Punch Bowl Station

party punch on table with flowers
Greg Scheidemann

It's ok to spike the punch! Get the party started with a big bowl of punch. Here, we whipped up a boozy mint julep punch—1 cup bourbon, 2 cups mint simple syrup, and 4 cups chilled club soda over ice.

You'll Need: A punch recipe of your choice, punch bowl, cups, and napkins.

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Pitcher Party Station

pitchers of different drinks
Andy Lyons

Pitchers make the party! These four pitcher cocktail recipes are big-batch and ready in less than 15 minutes—perfect for impromptu entertaining!

You'll Need: A pitcher cocktail recipe, ice, and glasses.

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Craft Beer Station

bottled beer table with snacks
Ray Kachatorian

This is as easy as it gets! Please the beer-lovers in your life with an icy bucket of chilled craft brews. Or, try mixing up a festive beer cocktail.

You'll Need: A large drink bucket, ice, a variety of craft beers, and glasses.

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