One of the ways we cut back on the alcohol costs for our wedding was to forgo an open bar. As much as I like to give people options, it just wasn't financially feasible.
Instead, we decided to serve two beer options, two wine options, and a "signature drink." Since we served Mexican food at our reception, our drink of choice was frozen margaritas.
I'm planning something similar for my birthday party. The party starts at my house with cocktails and photographs. In an effort to save money, I'd like to serve a signature drink rather than a bunch of different types of alcohol. However, it's difficult to attempt to pick one thing that will appeal to different people.
One of my friends suggested frozen pomegranate margaritas or apple martinis.
Another friend suggested offering vodka with three different juice options: cranberry, orange, and grapefruit. That way, we'd get three different drink options for the price of one.
I was thinking sangria.
Any other ideas?