DIY Cocktail Bar

Updated November 21, 2016

A DIY bar can be a great addition to any party. It allows guests the freedom to make a drink to their specifications without you having to play bartender all night. DIY bars can be set up to look attractive and organised, as well as offer a variety of alcoholic beverages for your adult guests.

Come up with three or four drinks that you would like to serve at your party. Consider serving something classic, like a gin martini, and something more contemporary, like a cosmopolitan.

Create a menu for your DIY cocktail bar. Put each name of the drink in bold letters and list directions on how to make it under the drink's name.

Print out a few copies of the menu and laminate each one. The laminate will keep spilt liquids from ruining the menu.

Set out the appropriate glasses for each drink. Martini glasses, tumblers and highball tumblers are common drinking glasses. Make sure to also include a few shot glasses so guests can correctly measure out the alcohol according to the recipe.

Place bottles of each alcohol needed on the bar. Start with one bottle of each and keep extra bottles under or behind the bar. This will help the area look less cluttered.

Include bottles of mixers, or if you prefer fresh ingredients, place fruit in a bowl. Lay out a muddler, which helps to extract juice from fruit.

Separate garnishes into small bowls. This includes cherries, limes, onions and olives.

Lay out a few stirrers, which will help guests mix their drinks.

Put out two small plates. One should have salt on it, and the other should have sugar. Label each glass, so guests can rim their glasses if they choose.

Things You'll Need

  • Alcohol
  • Small bowls
  • 1 large bowl
  • Glasses
  • Muddler
  • Stirrers
  • 2 small plates
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Laminated menus
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About the Author

Megan Richardson began her career as a freelance writer and editor in 2009. She has experience in public relations and event planning, and she worked as a writer's assistant to a published author for more than a year. Her work has also appeared in "The Daily Sentinel." Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University