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Whether you’re celebrating the holidays or watching the big game, your local liquor shop in Alpharetta has everything you need. Check out these tips from Jax Fine Wines & Spirits to help you throw your next house party.

Your Drink Selection

If you want to throw the party of the year, you need alcohol and lots of it. How do you calculate your party’s drink selection? As a rule of thumb, assume that each guest at your party will have one drink per hour. Multiply the number of guests times the length of your party to get the approximate number of servings you’ll need. Give your guests several drink options by dividing your drink budget between wine, beer, liquor, and non-alcoholic drinks. For spring and summer parties, offer more white and rose wines. Red wines like cabernet and merlot go better with autumn and holiday dishes. Include a combination of all three types depending on the type of party and the time of year. When buying beer, include a full-bodied name-brand beer as well as a light or low-calorie option, a regional IPA, and a lager. For liquors, think about popular cocktails that your guest might enjoy. Rum and coke, vodka tonic, cosmopolitan, and mules are always party pleasers. Make sure to stock up on the essential ingredients as well as accessories like limes, bitters, and those little umbrellas.

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Discount Liquors

When it comes to saving money on alcohol, always buy in bulk. Some liquor stores offer discounts on their products when you buy by the case instead of by the bottle. If you don’t think you’ll need a case, but still want enough booze to throw a great party, you can still save by buying larger bottles; these are usually kept on the bottle shelves. Some brand names use plastic bottles instead of glass which also helps you save at the checkout counter. If you don’t care about the packaging, go for the plastic bottles on the bottom shelf. When you calculate the price per ounce, they’re usually less expensive.

Food Options

Finally, every good house party needs party food. Once your guests start drinking, they’re almost guaranteed to get hungry. Why do you think bars always have free nuts for patrons? Offer your guests something more appetizing like a 7-layer nacho dip. For something fancier, you can’t go wrong with a meat and cheese platter. Have a case of bottled water on hand as well so your guests don’t get dehydrated and make sure that no one is driving home under the influence. Whether you put them in a taxi or in your spare bedroom, don’t let your friends drink and drive.

To find a local liquor store in Alpharetta that has everything you need, check out Google or Yelp before your next house party.

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