There is nothing better on a summer’s evening than a chilled cocktail with all the trimmings. Chilled cocktails are also perfect if you are entertaining and want to serve delicious cocktails to your guests. In order to prepare the perfect chilled cocktail you will, of course, need a range of mixers and alcoholic beverages based on the cocktail recipes that you are planning to follow. You will also need an array of decorative trimming for your cocktails, such as colorful straws, decorative cocktail parasols, and cocktail picks.
Another thing that is essential to make your chilled cocktails is ice, which you can buy in crushed form or in cubes. You can also opt to make your own ice, which will enable you to be creative and use fruit juice to make ice with a fruity kick to it! However, whether or not you will be able to make your own ice will depend on the number of guests that you are going to be catering for, as you may not have the facilities to make enough ice if you are entertaining a lot of people. Of course, depending on the cocktails you are making you may also need certain equipment such as a blender. You can simply purchase a cheap blender or even borrow one from a relative of friend if you don’t plan to use it very often. If you do not have a blender, a simple cocktail shaker will suffice.
Factors to consider
If you are going to be buying crushed or cubed ice you need to make sure that you work out how many people are coming so that you can make sure that you order enough ice to make plenty of chilled cocktails. Remember, you will be using the ice both to make cocktails in the shaker and to put into the cocktail glass in cube form. Factor in around 3-4 cubes per cocktail plus the crushed ice you need to create your chilled cocktail. You may find that a manual ice crusher is the perfect accessory when having a cocktail party or you may be able to use your blender if it is able to handle ice cubes and crushed ice without clogging or breaking.
Of course, it is important to remember that not everyone will want cold drinks or ones that are very high in alcohol content. There are alternative that you can consider such as Irish coffee, which is warming, delicious, and very popular. This is also a perfect choice if you are hosting a get together or event outside in the fall or winter, as it will help to warm your guests up and provide them with a sumptuous drink to enjoy.
It is always a good idea to be prepared when it comes to your cocktails and beverages. Make a list of the ones that you want to make for the event and check out some recipes. Also, make sure that you have all of the ingredients you need to create your chosen cocktails.