DIY Drink Stations (Cheers!)
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
Rise and shine! Greet the day with a DIY Bloody Mary station complete 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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Classic Cocktails Station
Party-goers will feel like true mixologists 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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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).
- Start to Finish:
- 30 mins
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Boozy Float Station
Beat the summer heat with 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
Toast your guests with a girly mimosa station complete with all the mix-ins. We love flavor combinations like mango-peach and strawberry-orange.
You'll Need: Champange, rose wine, varieties of juice (we used grapefruit, orange, mango-peach, and strawberry), fresh-cut fruit, rock candy sticks, champagne glasses, and straws.
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Spa Water Station
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 tea and water, fresh fruit and herbs for infusing, and vintage crystal glasses.
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Infused Vodka Station
Skip expensive store-bought flavored vodkas and make your own! Simply soak herbs in vodka and serve! Let friends mix up their own signature cocktail with custom infusions like ginger, coffee, and herbs.
You'll Need: Infused vodka, fresh limes, assorted mixers, glasses, napkins, and stirring sticks.
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Gathering for breakfast or brunch? A build-your-own mimosa station is the perfect way to greet 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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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.
- Start to Finish:
- 10 mins
How to Make a Mojito
Before the party starts, master the simple techniques behind making the perfect mojito.
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Hard Tea Drink Station
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 blueberrries), vodka, ice, glasses, and straws.
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We love a lime gimlet -- sometimes the making of one classic cocktail is all you need to get the party started.
You'll Need: Vodka or gin, bottled sweetened lime juice, fresh lime wedges, ice, glasses, and a cocktail shaker.
In a cocktail shaker, combine ice cubes, 3 tablespoons gin or vodka, and 1 tablespoon bottled sweetened lime juice. Shake well to mix.
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How to Make Lemonade
The secret to perfect lemonade? Watch this video and find out!
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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 bar.
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.
- Start to Finish:
- 15 mins
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Labeled Drink Station
Stock your drink station with premixed drinks and take the guess work 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
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 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
This is as easy as it gets! Please the beer-lovers in your life with an icy bucket of chilled craft brews.
You'll Need: A large drink bucket, ice, a variety of craft beers, and glasses.
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