How to Stock Your Bar for a Party
The key to throwing a party is buying the right supplies. Sure, Peppermint Schnapps is a welcome holiday treat, but you don’t want to be the host who runs out of everything but.
So, to ease your anxiety, we put together a bar-stocking guide. Of course, every party is different, and what you buy varies by what you and your guests enjoy. So we’ve created a guide for the average, everyday, nobody-has-gonzo-predilections soirée. If you and yours go heavy on the Scotch and never touch mezcal, then substitute accordingly.
Before we start, a few rules of thumb:
- On average, guests drink two drinks the first hour, and one per hour after that. Unless your guests are magazine editors, and then they drink two drinks the first hour, then four drinks every hour after that until somebody’s wife starts crying.
- One liter of liquor makes 22 mixed drinks
- You usually need one bottle of wine per eight guests
- Opinions vary, but we suggest equal red and white during the holidays. Be sure to get a variety.
The guide below assumes about 25 very thirsty guests.
So here we go:
Get three liters cheap vodka.
Get one liter cheap gin.
They’ll get mixed anyway.
Splurge on bourbon.
Bulleit is a good choice. Two liters.
Mount Gay for rum. One liter.
Avion for tequila. One liter.
For Scotch: can’t go wrong with Highland Park. One liter.
Champagne? Get four bottles.
One bottle per eight guests, minimum of two bottles.
Fifty cans will do her, depending on how Southern you are.
Sodas and Such
Splurge on tonic.
Two liters of Fentimans is worth it.
Get three liters cola and three liters diet.
Home-squeeze the juices (2 liters per type).
Limes, etc.: about one half lime/lemon per person.
Olives, onions, etc.: about two per person.
Glass. Always glass. Unless there’s a pool.
Mismatched vintage glasses are a good look.
Oh, and the ice.
One and a half pounds per person.