the bar: part 2

4 Aug

From an early age I’ve had an appreciation for parties. My grandparents would throw lavish parties & events and always had a full bar set up. That’s me on the left, a Modern Hostess in the making!

Time to stock the bar!

For a cocktail party of 25, assuming your guests enjoy a variety of drinks, you’ll be in good shape with this shopping list:

  • 2 liters of vodka
  • 1 small bottle of dry vermouth for martinis
  • 1 liter of each of rum, scotch, bourbon, tequila, triple sec and gin
  • 1 bottle of lime juice
  • 1 bottle of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bottle of Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 gallon each of orange juice, cranberry, grapefruit and tomato juice
  • 12 cans each of tonic water, seltzer, cola, diet cola, and club soda
  • 6 bottles each of red and white wine
  • 2 bottles of champagne
  • 2 cases of beer
  • Garnishes: 6 lemons, 6 limes, green olives, stuffed olives are fun to have on hand, cocktail onions, maraschino cherries, orange slices, lemon twists, margarita salt, and celery stalks for bloody marys.
  • Ice: make sure you have two pounds of ice cubes per guest, plus lots of crushed ice to keep beer and white wine cool.

Drink Calculator- I just discovered this handy tool for my Mom’s 50th Birthday party. Evite has a drink calculator, all you need to do is enter the number of guests and hours you expect he party to go for.

Tips– buy in advance when you see a good price. Soda stays bubbly for at least a month, beer has a shelf life of three to six months, and alcohol lasts months, even years. Store all in a cool, dry place like a garage or basement. Try not to buy liquor in big bottles. There’s something tacky about having guests hoist a half-gallon jug of booze to make a cocktail. Even though it costs a little more, buy liquor in one-liter bottles and eventually you can buy the large bottles and refill the small ones for parties.

My favorite cocktail- I have a bit of a confession to make…..I’m not a huge hard liquor fan. I love a glass of wine or champagne or even an ice-cold beer. But when asked to order a cocktail, I have to say I’m a little nervous. But if I had to pick my all time favorite it would be a Margarita. My fav is served at Villa Creek in Paso Robles, “the original” served in a martini glass. Delish!




One Response to “the bar: part 2”

  1. Karen Bayus August 4, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    Wow Stephanie, love the blogsite! learned some neat tips already, please post some pics of parties you have attended/planned!

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