How to make 5 staple drinks for entertaining

Let’s talk how to make 5 staple drinks for entertaining.

The easiest way to celebrate a newly remodeled kitchen or outdoor bar is by inviting friends and family over for dinner and drinks. But pulling off a stylish and festive soiree that your guests will remember is often easier said than done.

Luckily, with a few simple tips and tricks in the drink department you can show guests your hosting talents with a few shakes of a martini glass!

5 Staple Drinks Recipes for Your Next Party

Old Fashioned

This particular drink has stood the test of time and is enjoyed the world over for its simplicity and taste.


  • 2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 sugar cube or teaspoon of fine sugar
  • 2-3 dashes of bitters
  • Orange twist
  • Maraschino cherry

Place the sugar in an old fashioned glass and douse with bitters. Add a few drops of water and stir until sugar dissolves. Add whiskey and stir until all ingredients are combined. Finish with a few ice cubes, orange twist and a single maraschino cherry to garnish.


When searching for a drink that is sleek, stylish, timeless and a little sexy the Manhattan is the perfect solution.


  • 4 ounces rye whiskey
  • 2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 4 dashes of bitters
  • 2 maraschino cherries

Combine whiskey, bitters and vermouth into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir vigorously until outside of shaker is cold to the touch. Place a maraschino cherry into a chilled cocktail glass. Strain the contents of the shaker into each glass, dividing the mixture evenly.

The Perfect Martini

For our version of a martini we are once again choosing to go with tradition to achieve cocktail perfection.


  • 2 ounces dry gin
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Lemon twist

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir or shake well to chill and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel and only use olives upon request to provide the most authentic experience possible.


Sometimes traditional drinks aren’t the right fit for everyone at the party and in that case, the tasty and trendy Cosmopolitan is the perfect solution.


  • 1 1/2 ounces citrus flavored vodka
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec (Cointreau is preferred)
  • 1/2 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Orange twist

Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, triple sec, cranberry and lime juice. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnishing with an orange twist.

Tom Collins

Crisp, fresh and with a hint of summer breeze, the Tom Collins is sure to be a show stopper at your next dinner party.


  • 2 ounces gin
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • Chilled club soda

Combine gin. lemon juice and sugar into a Collins glass. stir ingredients together to dissolve sugar. Fill the glass with large chunks of ice and top with a few splashes of club soda.

Make a Splash at Your Next Party

With these simple, tasty and classic staple drink recipes you’ll have something for everyone to enjoy at your next celebration. For more great home design and entertainment ideas be sure to visit us online. And don’t forget to contact us for a free quote on the new kitchen or bath of your dreams today!