If you're having a party and you're wondering how much it will take to quench the thirsts of your guests, keep these handy Ideas in mind. On the average, expect guests to drink 2 drinks or servings of nonalcoholic beverage the first hour and 1 each hour thereafter. Remember, people drink more when the weather is warm. If you plan to serve bar drinks, you should allow 1 2 ounces of liquor for each drink. That means you'll get about 16 drinks from each 750-milliliter bottle (fifth) of liquor. Allow about a quart of mixer -- carbonated water, tonic water, or ginger ale -- for every 3persons. When serving wine, plan on one 750-milliliter bottle for every two guests (one bottle for every 3 to 4 guests if the wine will be served only during a meal). If you prefer to buy the large 1.5-literbottle of wine, it will serve 4 guests (6 to 8 guests if served only during a meal). When ordering beer for a party, allow about 12 ounces per guest for every half hour to hour. For a large crowd, you might want to buy a keg. Always have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages on hand. Besides having juices, bottled water, lemonade, soda and/or iced tea, consider nonalcoholic wines and beers. If you're uncertain about how much to buy, ask your beverage store if you can return any unopened bottles. If you entertain frequently, you may want to plan ahead and shop in quantity.
Basic Stocking Party Bar Supply list
There are six or seven basic products you should have at a self serve bar. They include white Rum, (optional – amber Rum), Vodka, Gin, Canadian Whisky Rye), Tequila and a scotch or Bourbon.
Keep a garbage can handy, but out of sight – maybe even under the bar (table) Leave a towel or cloth near the table or discreetly on the table so guests can wipe their hands or any minor spills Cut the fruit garnishes ahead of time (not too early – an hour before would be ideal) If you are serving a punch you may wish to set this up at another table as the combination of the large punch bow land glassware takes up a lot of space –visit our feature on punches. Print off a couple of recipes from your favorite web site and place them on the table to help spark your guest's imagination Ensure that you have at least one or two measuring glasses for your guests to properly and responsibly pour drinks. Have plenty of ice ready. You can never have too much ice!
Any list of supply items for your beverage and bar needs at a party depend on regional tastes, trends or customs, these lists is only suggested list of supplies that will help you plan your party for 20 to 50 guests. For 20 guests: Bottles of Spirits: 1 Vodka 1 Whisky 1 Gin 1 Scotch 1 Sweet vermouth 1 Dry vermouth 2 Rum(1 light/1 dark) 1 Tequila (have beer and two bottles of red and white wine available for this number of guests if you are offering more than "cocktails" Extra supplies: 20 lbs Ice 2 Tonic water 2 Ginger ale 2 Cola 2 Soda water 2 Orange juice 1 Cranberry juice 1 Limes 1 Lemons Olives Maraschino cherries Napkins Cocktail sticks Any extra mixers that you see fit (i.e. pineapple juice) Any extra fruit that you see fit (i.e. oranges) Glassware: 60 glasses estimate 3 per person) Stock up on mainly lowball and highball glasses but with a few variations too if possible. For 50 guests Bottles of Spirits 2 Vodka 2 Whisky 2 Gin 2 Scotch 1 Sweet vermouth 1 Dry vermouth 2 Rum(1 light/1 dark) 2 Tequila (have beer and four bottles oared, and four bottles of white wine available for this number of guests if you are offering more than "cocktails") Extra supplies: 50 lbs Ice 6 Tonic water 6 Ginger ale 6 Cola 4 Soda water 4 Orange juice 3 Cranberry juice 3 Limes 3 Lemons Olives Maraschino cherries Napkins Cocktail sticks Any extra mixers that you see fit (i.e. pineapple juice) Any extra fruit that you see fit (i.e. oranges) Glassware: 150 glasses (3 per person) You may wish to have liqueurs available. (i.e.: Irish Crème, Coffee Liqueurs, Blue Curacao).