How to Make Cocktails for a Crowd

How to Make Cocktails for a Crowd

July 23, 2018

We're in full-on summer mode here at Ajna Living (hooray!), which means you don't need a better reason to celebrate with some delicious craft cocktails in our own backyard. As you may know, we love to entertain, but are always looking for ideas for how to make hosting just a little bit easier so that we can spend more QT with our friends. We recently sat down with Tobin of Hella Cocktail Co. who shared with us his cocktail inspirations and a great idea for serving cocktails to a crowd. Enjoy! 

What do you love about mixed drinks? (vs. beer or wine for example) 

Tobin: Cocktails and mixed drinks are interactive - they offer a level of creativity and versatility that wine and beer generally lack. There's also something festive about a good cocktail, that makes it perfect when imbibing with a group of your favorite people. Now, don't get me wrong I love beer and wine and there are many great occasions for both but sometimes an occasion just begs for a cocktail (or three) instead. 

It's summer (yay!) What kind of cocktail do you start craving once summer has officially begun? 

Tobin: Summer for me is all about low alcohol, easy drinking highballs and spritzes - I want to drink something that will be super refreshing and that I can have a few of without getting into trouble (and by trouble I mean plastered). Highballs and spritzes are easy to make, and highly customizable, so if you're hosting you can just put out an assortment of ingredients, bar tools, and maybe one pre-conceived recipe and people mix up their own drinks.

Alright, let's say I'm hosting an outdoor dinner and want to provide cocktails, but don't want to spend the whole evening in the kitchen - what sort of cocktail can I make for a small crowd that's easy and delicious?

Tobin: My favorite way to serve drinks at a party is by setting up a spritz / highball station. You'll need a few bottles of apertif liquors and vermouth, plenty of sparkling water, I like plain, lemon or grapefruit Le Croix, a few bottles of bitters, a couple cocktail syrups, like Hella Hibiscus, or a homemade greenmarket syrup like rhubarb. Plenty of lime and lemon wedges, fresh mint and cucumbers for garnish. Set everything up around a bar station with a couple jiggers and barspoons. Pre-ordain a recipe or two so people have a roadmap and then let them experiment on their own. This is also great because there are tons of delicious non-alcoholic options too, so kids and people not drinking don't miss out on the fun.

For the station:

Basic Recipe -

1 oz Bonal Gentian (or Sweet Vermouth)

1 oz Aperol

3 Dashes Hella Citrus Bitters

2 Lemon Wedges, squeezed into the glass

Topped with Club Soda

In a highball glass add ice and squeeze two lemon wedges in. Add Bonal, Aperol, Bitters and top with club soda. Stir gently. 

Thank you so much for these amazing ideas Tobin! We totally agree; there are so many ways to get creative with cocktails (or mocktails), it really can be so much fun. Our parties this summer will be much more inspired now!

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Journal

Summer Bucket List Ideas
Summer Bucket List Ideas

June 11, 2019

Do you have a summer bucket list? Now's your chance to make one! There is something about summertime that rejuvenates your mind, body, and spirit. Balmy breezes and warm sunshine beckon you to come outside and be part of all that Mother Nature has to offer. Now is the time to create your summer “bucket list.” Let the Great Outdoors be your inspiration for making memories and spending quality time with friends and family this year.

Read More

5 Reasons Why Going Outside is Good for You
5 Reasons Why Going Outside is Good for You

June 04, 2019

If you are like most of us, you probably spend over fifty hours a week working in a small, dusty cubicle in an office building a few floors up. If you're lucky, you have a window with view of something green. At the end of a long day, after fighting stop and go traffic or sitting on a dirty, crowded subway car on your way home, consider spending fifteen minutes just sitting outside on your patio or deck enjoying nature. Take deep breaths or watch the sun set. Better yet, take a glass of wine outside with you and leave the worries and cares of the day behind you. The laundry will still be there when the fifteen minutes is over, and some people even say they feel more energized after being outside for a few minutes.

Read More

The 5 Best Lawn Games
The 5 Best Lawn Games

May 09, 2019

Here’s a list of the 5 best lawn games that will make your summer even better.

Read More