How to Make a DIY Cocktail Station!

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No host wants to play bartender! Instead, create a DIY cocktail station so each guest can be their own mixologist!

One of the trickiest parts of hosting a party is making sure your guests have full cups! Instead of mixing cocktails as you go (you’ll be in the kitchen the entire night) set up a station where guests can create their own cocktails.

It acts as a fun activity and also allows your party goers to refill their own cups all while choosing their own flavors.

cocktail station with vodka and club soda and gin and tonic.

How to Make a Cocktail Station

Spirits and Soda

Start with having 2 different mixtures of gin + tonic water and vodka + soda on ice for guests to choose from.

Simple syrups in jars with gold caps

Simple Syrups

Then buy or make a few different simple syrups. Check out our post for making your own simple syrups.

We created 3 simple syrups, jalapeño, ginger and grapefruit so there are options for everyone. Some like it spicy and others like it sweet! Place out a nice mix of fruits and berries to muddle and garnish with.

make your own cocktail station with cocktails in yellow glasses, blueberries and cucumbers.
cocktails on a marble table with berries.


Add some mini-umbrellas and lei flowers to the table for garnish. And don’t worry about matching glasses, since it’s fun to have a variety of different sizes, looks, etc.

Cocktails with butters, simple syrups and berries.

A Dash of Bitters

Finally, to give each cocktail a little kick, set out some bitters. We used 4 different flavors of bitters to play with! Happy mixing!

butters in a row
vodka and club


Bottles for Simple Syrup

Cocktail Jigger

Ice Bucket

Cocktail Shaker

Cocktail Glasses

Bowls for Fruit and Garnishes

Simple syrups with jalapeños on a cocktail station
cocktail with a baby pineapple
Flowers for a cocktail station

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Bitters in a gold tray

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