Stocking A Bar For Home Entertaining
Home Entertaining? Succesfully satisfy the drinking needs of your guests. Wine, beer, liquor, coffee and more - how much you need, per guest calculations and guidelines.
If you’re planning a party in your home, you want to make sure you will be able to fulfill the most common drink requests of your guests. Knowing how to stock a basic bar is necessary information. Of course, you may wish to adjust the amounts based on your personal knowledge of firends and family, but here are some basic guidelines to make your event a success. The amounts below are calculated for moderate adult drinkers:
* Mineral Water: Seltzer, 1/2 liter per person. Stock 1 liter per person if many are non-alcoholic drinkers.
* Soft Drinks: 2 cans per person with at least 1/2 being diet sodas.
* Coffee: 1 cup per person usually suffices. 1 pound of coffee will yield 60 cups.
* Beer, 2 cans or bottles per person, with at least 1/2 being light beers.
* Wine: 2/3 bottle per person (allow for 2 glasses with hors d’oevers, 2 glasses with dinner). Have 4 bottles of white wine for every bottle of red as most people prefer white. One 750-ml bottle of wine will yield six 4 ounce glasses.
* Champagne: 1 glass per person for a toast. One case usually yields 72 glasses.
* Gin, Vodka, Scotch and other Liquors: 1-liter bottle yields twenty-two 1 1/2 ounce drinks.
* Soda, Tonic, Orange Juice and other Mixers: Plan on stocking 3 liters of mixer for every liter of liquor.
* Ice: Typically you will use 1 pound per person. You may need additinal ice for chilling wine or champagne depending on your facilities.
You will also want to make sure you have plenty of glasses and cups (disposable plastic and paper or fine glass depending on the occasion), a good corkscrew, jigger measures, a strainer, bar or hand towels, and garnishes along with your liquors and mixers. Garnishes such as olives, maraschino cherries, lemon and lime wedges, and swizzle sticks are often understocked by those new to serving drinks, and are an indispensable item in ensuring a successful afternoon or evening. Also make sure you stock cream and sugar for the often overlooked and increasingly popular beverage, coffee.