THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO!
The Holiday season always calls for drinks, celebrations and more drinks. With just the right stocked bar, you can host the most amazing cocktail party.
Whether the gathering is small and informal or large and lavish, the overall process can be very demanding. If you want the event to run smoothly you must decide what to serve, how much to buy, how to setup the bar, and who will tend it.
Stop and think for a minute: Is it a wedding, special occasion or a simple get-together? Are your guests friends or business associates? How many guests are you inviting? Once you’ve defined the scope of the event, you’ll have a better idea of what suits you and what doesn’t.
The standard types of alcohol you would need for a small party is rum, scotch, vodka, wine, and beer. For mixers, make sure to have coconut water, cranberry juice, orange juice, club soda, coke, ginger ale, tonic water, and lots of limes. You would also have to supply cups or glassware, napkins, straws, ice, etc.
When you can’t tell in advance what your guests want to drink, try to limit the menu, for example by serving only wine and beers or maybe just prosecco, a huge decanter of sangria also satisfies many drinkers and you can prepare it well in advance. Most people prefer having premade mixed drinks and will gladly drink whatever is in front of them.
As a rule of thumb, plan on 2 drinks per person for the first 2 hours and 1 drink per hour after that. Take into consideration if your crowd drinks more beers rather than liquor, more prosecco than wine or vice versa.
You might have pregnant guests or people who simply don’t drink alcohol. Don’t leave them out! Let your guests enjoy their non-alcoholic cocktails, which is very easy to make. If you don’t have time to make them yourself, you can call a bar service company who can handle this and so much more.
MIXERS & ICE
A basic stash of mixers include coconut water, cranberry juice, orange juice, club soda, coke, ginger ale, tonic water, and lots of limes. Usually 1lb of ice per guest should be enough.
All those people drinking on an empty stomach can’t be a good idea. Look for carb-heavy finger foods (or a vegetable plate for those counting calories).
It’s important to have at least some tools, including a bottle opener, wine opener, and shot glasses.
Plan on 2 drinks per person for the first 2 hours and 1 drink per hour after. Individual bottles of beer and sparkling fruit juice serve 1 person. One bottle of wine serves about 6 glasses.
Don’t be so hung up on what liquor you’re going to serve that you completely forget the basics. Water is essential to have around to keep everyone hydrated, as well as coffee, to make sure guests are alert before they leave.
You never know what you’ll deal with by the end of the night!
Source: The Bar Guide by William Sonoma