The cocktail category contains also recipes for long drinks and wine coolers. Cocktails are not only for summer cocktail parties but also be served as a reception aperitif or for the New Years Eve party. Hot beverages are more preferred at the cold season but you will find nonalcoholic drinks at the cold beverage recipes as well as at the hot beverage recipes. Flavor coffee and tea with cream and a dash of alcohol for a change. If you enjoy mixing cocktails you should stock your bar with some standard beverages which are found in several cocktail recipes. It is also good to have a bar-set, including a cocktail shaker, a bar spoon, a jigger (measurement tool) and measuring cups. If you are thinking of catering cocktail parties more often you should also have a strainer, a sharp knife (for cutting and garnishing), a bottle opener and ice tongs. For decorating and flavoring purposes you also should have some fresh fruit handy like lemons, oranges, pineapples and others. Cocktail sticks, straws, a spoon for stirring and other small cocktail decorations are also helpful.