9 Bar Hacks For Your Next Party

So you’re hosting a party. Well, here are some bar hacks to squeeze more awesome out of summer, brought to you by mike’s hard lemonade: #mikehacks .

1. Carve edible shot glasses from melons.

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Watermelons, cantaloupes… whatever you think’ll make the beverage better. Store in your refrigerator while waiting to serve.

2. Use spare egg cartons as shot trays.

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Or use it to store very syrupy liquids upside-down in your refrigerator for fast pouring.

3. Stock up on flavored ice.

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You can’t go wrong with coffee, tea, watermelon-flavored juice, and so on. Well, you could, so it probably wouldn’t hurt to try a small batch before your event.

4. Even better: oversized cubes.

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Use Tupperware or a gallon bag — something that will expand without breaking or that you won’t feel bad about cutting into to get to your cube.

5. Clean your fruits en masse in the dishwasher.

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A quick clean before sending them to the sangria mixes.

6. Make sure you have some duct tape.

You just never know when your jars are going to put up a fight.

7. Keep a bag of coffee grounds handy.

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If someone spills something smelly or loses their lunch, it takes care of the smell and also makes it easier to clean up.

8. Freeze lemon and lime halves.

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They’ll add flavor and keep drinks cool without diluting ingredients. Or freeze the slices and herbs in water in muffin tins, which will dilute drinks slightly.

9. Salt the tubs of ice keeping beverages cold.

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It temporarily drops the temperature of the ice.

And use that icy-cold ice in your Fountain of Flavor.

Just another perfect bit of #mikehacks excellence for three tiers of perfectly chilled beverages.

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