Virtual Cocktail Party Kit – DIY Ideas, Free Recipe Cards & Invites

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2020 is all about the Zoom party! I recently made DIY cocktail party kits for some friends to celebrate my birthday and as it was so simple and easy to do, I thought I’d share how I did it in case you are looking for a virtual party idea to try over Christmas or New Year. The planning, the quizzes, cocktail recipes, free digital invites, along with where I found the supplies to order online, its all here…

After looking online for cocktail party kits to buy, I was surprised at the lack of choice and how expensive it was to purchase party kits for virtual parties, so with a little help from Amazon and Hermes, I put my own together. Although my memory of it is a little hazy after the first couple of drinks had kicked in, I had so much fun and it really felt to me like an actual occasion, something that’s been seriously lacking in 2020! So although there is some prep and effort to get it all ready and send out, I would really recommend it.

DIY Cocktail Party Kits

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Essentially each pack was a mix of little miniature bottles of alcohol, some mixers, garnish and a few wrapped up treats for quiz question prizes.

My starting point was my favourite cocktails and the booze I already had in the cupboards, but what made it super easy was the little miniature bottles I ordered from Amazon, so I could decanter out individual shots.

I went through quite a few listing reviews, as I’d seen some had dodgy caps meaning they’d leaked in transit and I also thought plastic ones would be best, so I wasn’t worried about them smashing on the way. I’ll link below the ones I ordered – They were great and came with a handy funnel which also sped things up. Plus they had fast delivery, good if you like me and mostly rushing around at the last minute getting things sorted.

24 Miniature bottles from Amazon

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Not essential, but I also sent out cocktail shakers with all the little tools inside needed to make the drinks, I wanted one that was metal, included a shot measurer and muddler and wasn’t too expensive. Here’s the one I ordered again from Amazon as I needed quick delivery and these were easy to package up and add to my party packs.

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For each box I sent my friends the ingredients to make three cocktails, along with a few chocolates wrapped up in tissue paper with a label saying “Do Not Open” plus a can of gin and tonic for them to drink at the start while we were waiting for everyone to log on.

How to Make a Party Invite for a Virtual Cocktail Party or Zoom Happy Hour

I can only make super simple invite designs, but if you want something short and sweet you are very welcome to download the one I made to send out to your friends, just click on the link and save. I think this would be especially nice to receive if its a surprise. I set up a What’s App group for mine then sent this as a picture to the group.

Free Printable Zoom Party Invite

DIY Cocktail Party Kit

On to the cocktails….with so many recipes online I tested and tweaked a few to come up with my own, that are simple recipes that don’t use too many ingredients, but with a couple of fun elements, like garnishes or muddling mint, so it wasn’t all over in a couple of pours.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Kit

I choose a cosmopolitan for a couple of reasons. As well as reminding me of nights out in my twenties, I thought it would be fun to have some Sex and City quiz Questions while drinking them.

I have shared my cosmopolitan recipe and downloadable recipe card here. To package them up and send out the ingredients to make them together you need:

  • 2 miniature bottles (50ml bottles) per person
  • A bottle of Cointreau
  • A Bottle of Vodka
  • 1 lime per person
  • Individual cartons of cranberry juice carton (1 per person)

If you are looking for a nineties and noughties party, I think the ingredients for a Cosmopolitan along with a sex and City and Nineties quiz would make a great virtual girls night out/in.

Citrus Gin Fizz Cocktail Kit

I have always have a lot of gin in the cupboard so I made the last cocktail gin based with a really nice grapefruit gin along with some Cointrea and lemon to give it a citrus twist.

I have shared my cosmopolitan recipe and downloadable recipe card here. To package them up and send out the ingredients to make them together you need:

  • 3 miniature bottles (50ml bottles) per person
  • A bottle of grapefruit gin
  • A bottle of sugar syrup
  • A bottle of Cointreau
  • Individual cans of tonic
  • 1 lemon per person

Mojito Cocktail Kit

Mostly because its my favourite, but also because they are fun to make with muddling the mint and using the shaker, mojitos are top of my list for cocktail parties.

I have shared my mojito recipe and downloadable recipe card here. To package them up and send out the ingredients to make them together you need:

  • 2 miniature bottles (50ml bottles) per person
  • A bottle of rum
  • 2 limes per person
  • 2 sprigs of mint per person
  • A bottle of sugar syrup
  • Individual cans of soda water (1 per person)

I couldn’t find individual cans of soda waters in any of the supermarkets, so I ordered these multi packs from Amazon. They also came in really handy when boxing up the parcels as I popped all the items inside the soda water multipack boxes.

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How to Host a Virtual Cocktail Party

To pack up my DIY cocktail party kits I bought these cheap packing bags and bubble wrap to wrap each bottle in from Amazon. I probably went a bit overboard with the amount of wrapping, but I just really didn’t want any of them to leak in the post. I then used some of the Amazon cardboard boxes the supplies had come in and also some of the soda water cardboard cases. Then I sent them all with Hermes, through my local parcel shop. I was surprised at how easy that was to do, just filled in the info on my phone, printed the labels in there and handed them over.

For the party itself we all had the gin in a tin while waiting for everyone to log on, then I sent screenshots of each cocktail one by one in the Whats App group just before we made them.

In between I had a few quiz questions, Sex and the City ones for after the Cosmos and then whoever shouted out the right answer first unwrapped one of their Lindt chocolate balls.

It was so much fun and if you’re missing nights out with friends I’d really reccomend it for a fun night night virtually together.

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