Drinks for Everyone
You can buy all the drinks you need for adults and kids in one trip—since many stores today sell alcohol, there's no need to make a separate trip to the liquor store. And keep it simple. Everyone will find something they like from this lineup.
- Wine. There are lots of good party wines for about $10 a bottle. Buy both white and red, and pick a varietal that goes nicely with food: Sauvignon blanc is a good white choice; for red, you can't miss with merlot, shiraz, or pinot noir. How many bottles do you need? You get about five glasses of wine out of a bottle, so count up the wine drinkers and go from there.
- Beer. Bottles are much more elegant than cans; keep them on ice in a cooler or a tin washtub. If your warehouse club has a really good selection, go for the 1.5-liter bottles of imported beer with resealable swingtops. That way guests can pour a glass without feeling obligated to finish the whole thing.
- Sparkling water. For the nondrinkers, buy bottles of fancy sparkling mineral water or club soda, and make sure you put out a dish of lemon and lime wedges.
- Kiddie punch. Mix up a festive (and stain-free) punch for the children by stirring together white grape juice and club soda. Add in colorful fresh strawberries.
- Sangria. This Spanish wine punch is light, tasty, and easy to make. Mix together 1 bottle of red wine, 1 liter of club soda (this cuts the alcohol in half), and 1/2 cup sugar. Stir in slices of fruit, and refrigerate for several hours before serving.