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Party Bar Tips: It's All About The Mixers
by Don "Ho" Branzuela on September 12th, 2011

It’s All About the Mixers!
I have been a bartender for over 13 years. Most of it in two of the most polar opposites of the bartending spectrum: high volume nightclub bartending and private party bartending. But the one thing I notice that these two have in common is that they use they pretty much use the same type of liquors. Of course in a nightclub setting, you go through more bottles than you would a private party, but at the end of the day, people drink pretty much the same thing; vodka, whiskey, rum, and tequila. The one thing you have to have to please people in a club or a private party is drink mixers.

It's no longer about just sodas and tonic water. Nowadays, you have to have all the juices to keep your guests happy. Every private party offering a full bar should have the following mixers:

Sodas (Coke/Diet Coke and Sprite)
Club Soda and Tonic
Juices: Cranberry, Pineapple, Grapefruit, and Orange Juice
Sweet and Sour Mix
Grenadine and lime juice and olive juice
Energy Drinks

So why do you need to have all these mixers at your party? Variety. You want to be able to give your guests all types of variety and give the private party bartender you have hired some creative freedom behind the bar. Here is an example of how many drinks you can make just from vodka...

Vodka & Soda
Cape Cod
Greyhound & Salty Dog
Sea Breeze and Bay Breeze
Vodka Sour and CherryVodka Sour and Cherry Vodka 7
Vodka Red Bull
Dirty Martini

If you only had vodka for your event, you can pretty much keep every segment of your guests happy just by having the right mixers. So when shopping for your party, keep the liquors simple and the mixers plentiful. And hire a bartender to serve these drinks. I’m sure you didn’t know you could make all those drinks just from vodka. And who knows how many more are out there!

Don Branzuela is the owner of Party Bartenders and Dallas Hot Bartenders. He has been in the special event bar service industry since 2000. Party Bartenders provides Cash Bar and Hosted bar services for private parties in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex.

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