Party time

Here are a couple of tips on how to stock your home bar and what to do with all that lovely booze.

06 Nov 2009

White wine, beer and bubbly are good as backups, but it really is time you learnt a couple of cocktail mixing tricks.

First, learn the basics of the fine art of mixing party drinks, from making a basic sugar syrup to ways of assembling it, be that shaken, stirred, blended or built, and tips for garnishing, what glasses to use, and adapting them for those who don't want alcohol, in our Mixing cocktails feature. Or, if you know the basics and are ready to start shaking and stirring, get the party started with the must-have 21 Classic cocktails guide that includes such classics as Harvey Wallbanger and Dry Martini.

And if you're still undecided about when you're going to hold your cocktail party, and who you're going to invite, get the creative juices flowing with the help of women24's essential SA Margarita Guide for 2005.

Of course, no festive season is quite the same without a bottle or six of your favourite bubbly. First, find out what the difference is between sparkling wine and Champagne with Bubbly explained. Then, for tips on how much you'll need for your party, how long it will keep, and great ideas for sparkling wine cocktails, read Let's Celebrate!.

No cocktail evening would be complete without something to hold in the other hand. And fingerfood is really so easy to make. For inspiration try a couple of our selected party nibbles, or sample some of our hand-picked finger food recipes, all of which are tried and tested, and quick and easy to make.

5 Finger-foods for entertaining.

Cheese tartlets

Stuffed cherry tomatoes or peppadews


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