28 Party Drinks For When You’re Ballin’ On A Budget

Written by Lauren Ballard

August 23, 2021

What’s up, party people! It’s time to party, but sometimes you gotta be ballin’ on a budget. You can still have a rad af event while pinching those pennies because serving up cheap drinks doesn’t mean skimping out on taste. Tipsy Bartender has the best recipes for party drinks no matter how large the crowd. So whether you’re looking for a super rad jungle juice recipe or prepping with jello shots, get your party poppin’ with Tipsy treats!

A classic Tipsy Bartender recipe for a reason. This vodka jungle juice is budget friendly with Hawaiian punch, citrus punch, and lemonade as mixers. View Recipe

Enjoy this super cheap drink recipe as either a shot or a sip-able cocktail. It’s perfect for a fruity round for your party with vodka, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice. View Recipe

Interactive mixed drinks are always a hit at parties. So why not serve up this classic bomb shot with a shot of jager and a half full glass of energy drink? View Recipe

We all love margaritas, but it can be hard to serve them at a party. Fortunately for you, jello shots tend to be the ideal party “drink!” For this jello shot recipe, mix up tequila, triple sec, margarita mix, and gelatin. View Recipe

We promise the name makes sense. A shot of Fireball and a pint of Angry Orchard cider makes for a simple party drink everyone will love. View Recipe

Ballin’ on an even tighter budget? No problem! This jungle juice recipe is one of our favorite large batch cheap drinks with vodka, rum, sour apple pucker, and strawberry soda. View Recipe

Make like the divine wind and shoot back a few of these inexpensive yet delicious bad boy shots. Equal parts vodka, triple sec, and lime juice make for a powerful and tasty recipe. View Recipe

This super strong jungle juice recipe is guaranteed to get you and your guests lit. It’s also fruity af — and maybe even a little healthy — with everclear, vodka, Hawaiian punch, and a crap ton of sliced fruit. View Recipe

Spiked sangrias are also great as budget party drinks. Get tickled pink with this moscato sangria recipe that uses vodka, lemon-lime soda, moscato, and pink lemonade. View Recipe

This jello shot recipe is sure to turn heads because these wiggly vodka lemonade shots look like cute little lemon wedges! Just add unflavored gelatin to vodka and pink lemonade. View Recipe

We all love a good party, but not everybody is into jungle juice or jello shots. And that’s okay. Vodka, gin, Lipton iced tea half & half, and cola is an inexpensive yet tasty alternative. View Recipe

This vodka punch recipe is one of the most economical cheap drinks you can make. With just vodka, sugar, two Kool-aid packets, and water, you can make this stretchable party drink. View Recipe

You probably know this easy mixed drink as rum and coke. And yes, those are the ingredients too. View Recipe

Brunching on a budget? Look no further! Treat your brunch baddies to this mimosa pitcher recipe of champagne, orange juice, and cointreau. View Recipe

If you wanna wow your guests without breaking the bank, whip up a few of these aesthetic bad boys. Our tequila sunrise recipe gives you that gorgeous gradient with tequila, orange juice, and a splash of grenadine. View Recipe

Don’t let the name fool you because this blue vodka punch is too delicious to flush. Combine vodka, triple sec, mixed berry Powerade, and lemon-lime soda for a boozy blue cocktail. View Recipe

Serve up this alcohol punch that’s as good as its name suggests. You gotta do the Dew with Mountain Dew, vodka, and Hawaiian punch. View Recipe

Vodka lemonades are such underrated cheap drinks, but it makes sense, right? It’s an easy cocktail recipe with citrus and raspberry vodka, lemon-lime soda, and frozen pink lemonade concentrate. View Recipe

This bussin’ signature Tipsy Bartender margarita recipe gets scaled up to — you guessed it — a gallon! Shake up your typical margarita ingredients and add sweet & sour, orange juice, and passion fruit juice. But if you’re looking for a little extra, check out our mango and strawberry versions. View Recipe

Hold on to your panties because this bad boy beer cocktail recipe is poppin’! Not only is this one of the best large batch cheap drinks for your party, but it’s refreshing and delicious. Just combine vodka, beer, and pink lemonade concentrate. View Recipe

Drop a few of these bite-sized party drinks. With two parts vodka, one part lemon juice, and a splash of simple syrup, it’s a pretty easy shot recipe. View Recipe

For all our vegan friends throwing parties, we gotchu. For a vegan jello shot recipe that won’t break the bank, try orange vodka, fruit juice, and agar agar powder! View Recipe

Yeah, we know most cheap drinks are made with vodka, so this one goes out to all our whiskey fans who love to party. Drop a shot of whiskey into half a pint of beer, and BANG! There you have it! View Recipe

Easy mixed drinks are the name of the party game, baby. Gin, lemon-lime soda, and tonic water are great for partygoers watching their macros. View Recipe

You really can’t go wrong with vodka and orange juice. You might not think of it as a party drink, but with how cheap and easy it is to make, it’ll become one of your party favorites. View Recipe

Bottles of wine can cost anywhere from 5 cents to an arm and a leg. Luckily no one can tell the difference with the best sangria recipes. Brandy, dry red wine, and lemon-lime soda will do your party some good. View Recipe

Vodka and beer isn’t a boozy punch combo you normally consider, but we promise it’s great. It’s the perfect day drinking pitcher no matter the season with vodka, beer, and frozen lemonade concentrate. View Recipe

A whiskey bucket recipe will do you some good for those smaller parties. They’re big, shareable, and you really only need to make a couple of them. All you need is whiskey, Red Bull, and soda. View Recipe