How to Make Cheap Alcohol for a Party

by David Somerset ; Updated July 27, 2017
Save money by making your own alcohol for your party.

Items you will need

  • 1-gallon jug
  • Funnel
  • 31/2 cups of sugar
  • 14 cups of water
  • 1 packet of yeast
  • 1 balloon

If you are planning on hosting a party for adults only, alcohol is sure to be an ingredient. Unfortunately if you are on a budget, alcohol for an adult party can be an expensive thing to buy. As long as you are in a jurisdiction where it is legal to make your own alcohol for personal consumption, you can save a lot of money by making your own alcohol to add to a party punch mix or another alcoholic beverage for an adults-only party.

Step 1

Clean a 1-gallon jug. Use a milk jug, old water jug or any other plastic container.

Step 2

Use a funnel to pour 31/2 cups of sugar into the jug. Add 14 cups of warm water to the jug and shake vigorously to make sure the sugar dissolves.

Step 3

Hydrate the yeast. Follow the directions on the package. Add the yeast to warm water and do not disturb it. Allow the yeast to foam up approximately 1 inch before you consider it hydrated. Pour the yeast and warm water into the 1-gallon jug.

Step 4

Poke a small number of holes into the balloon, ensuring that gas under pressure will be able to escape without letting oxygen in. Place the balloon over the opening of the 1-gallon jug. Store the jug in a warm place, where it will not be disturbed.

Step 5

Ensure that the balloon stays slightly inflated while you are allowing the alcohol to form. Place the jug in a refrigerator as the balloon deflates; the longer you refrigerate the fermented sugar wine, the more the taste will improve.


  • Return the cap to the fermentation bottle when you place it in the refrigerator after fermentation; this will also help improve the flavor.


  • Don't drink the sugar wine alcohol by itself; it is only meant to be an ingredient in an alcoholic adult punch. Check your local laws to make sure that brewing your own alcohol is a legal activity before creating your own alcohol for a party punch.

About the Author

David Somerset has been a writer intermittently for 11 years. He attended New Mexico Tech and earned a Bachelor of Science in technical communication in 2007. From being published in the "Bucksworth Community News" to writing how-to articles for eHow, his experience is quite diverse.

Photo Credits

  • glass of alcohol image by Gleb Semenjuk from