Cocktail Party Planning Aiken SC

Local resource for cocktail party planning in Aiken. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to liquor stores, wine and spirits, party planners and caterers, as well as advice on home bar wines, beers and mixed drinks with rum, vodka, whiskey or tequila.

8th Street Augusta
(706) 828-6790
230 8th Street
Augusta, GA
Goin Apes
(803) 644-6485
141 Marlboro St NE
Aiken, SC
Goin Apes - Beer, liquor and all other booze-it all ends up in the same place. If you're looking for a decent fueling station with moderate prices, [name] is right on the money.

Northside Sports Bar & Grill
(803) 648-7383
128 Hampton Ave
Aiken, SC
Northside Sports Bar & Grill - If you're looking to kick back, Northside Sports Bar & Grill, located at [Address], is a safe bet. It's not the kind of place that's going to break your wallet, so that's more you have left over for happy hour.

Club Sunshine
(803) 652-1110
210 Sanders Ave
New Ellenton, SC
Club Sunshine - Now you have your cake and eat it too. Club Sunshine, located at [Address], is a hybrid of both trendy-club and swank-lounge. Get there early and stay late; it's the kind of place where you can have an amazing drinks and then stay for the nightlife.

Fanny's Inc
(803) 663-1505
342 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Warrenville, SC
Fanny's Inc - Here's the problem with most bars: the vibe sometimes dies around 1am. Luckily for you, when most bars are sweeping up the floors and closing shop, Fanny's Inc kicks it into another gear. The place usually keeps it going 'til way late-guaranteeing a late and out-of-control night.

Cork & Bull Pub
(803) 649-5239
1925 Whiskey Rd
Aiken, SC
Cork & Bull Pub - There's not much to be said about the cocktails at [name]. They're not necessarily cheap, but they're as tasty as they are potent...a delicious and dangerous combination.

Whiskey Junction
(803) 649-0794
1208 Whiskey Rd
Aiken, SC
Whiskey Junction - If you have to work the next morning, we bet a thousand bucks you're going to call in sick. That's because Whiskey Junction, at [Address], is open all night. So the odds of you getting a good night sleep are closed to zilch - we predict you stumbling home around 8am and flopping into bed, forgetting to brush your teeth. And nothing wrong with that.

Comfort Inn & Suites
(803) 641-1100
3608 Richland Ave W
Aiken, SC
Comfort Inn & Suites - Sometimes you just don't want to pay $12 for a drink. On those nights, head out to Comfort Inn & Suites, located at [Address]. And while they may be cheaper, they're definitely not weaker.

Infield Sports Bar
(803) 652-1142
719 Main St N
New Ellenton, SC
Infield Sports Bar - You might see a celeb here. But he/she will probably be on one of the many flat screen TVs lining the walls. Infield Sports Bar is the place you'd likely go to to watch that big game but you'll probably have so much fun, you'll stick around longer.

Country Ranch
(803) 867-2388
2510 Storm Branch Rd
Beech Island, SC
Country Ranch - Why go to bed when you can have another drink? At Country Ranch, located at [Address], the party marches into the late, late hours, as they have one of the best all-night parties. Of course, this could mean some serious pain the next morning (or, more likely, the next afternoon.) Don't say we didn't warn you.

Stocking up your home bar

By Russ Cobbe

Last week we discussed what bartending equipment you should have in your home bar. This week we will cover the ingredients you need to complete the setup of your home bar.

Your main selection of alcohol should include 750ml bottles of the following: Gin, Vodka, Rum, Bourbon, Scotch, Tequila, Vermouth, Red and White Wine, Brandy, Port & Sherry plus whatever liqueurs are most palatable to you and your friends. The most popular liqueurs to have would be coffee, orange, irish cr�me and cr�me de cassis.

Next up would be bitters. Bitters are made from a variety of roots, barks, berries and herbs. They generally add a bit of zing to your drinks. You should have Angostura, Peychaud's, Orange and Abbotts Aged bitters.

For mixing you'll need a good variety to make a lot of different recipes. The standards include multiple bottles of Mineral water, cola, ginger ale, club soda, tonic water, lemon/lime sodas and fresh juices (orange, pineapple, lemon, lime and tomato). Don't forget to have lots of ice on hand. If you make your own ice use bottled water so you don't get a chlorine flavour to your drinks. Ice should go in the glass first to avoid splashing and to cool the ingredients as they get added.

Finally you will need some things to garnish the drinks to add that special touch. The essentials include cocktail onions, stuffed olives, lemons, limes, oranges, strawberries, celery stalks, Tabasco sauce, maraschino cherries, pineapple...

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