How to Stock Your Bar for a Party
Be prepared for the holidays and any time your are required to serve up drinks. Throw successful parties year-round with these guidelines I found in the December 2004 issue of GQ.
How Much and of What?
|NUMBER OF PEOPLE
Increase amount for dinner parties and gatherings longer than 4 hours.
|WINE AND CHAMPAGNE
It's always good to go with a lot of champagne during the holidays.
|5 bottles||13 bottles||25 bottles||50 bottles|
When in doubt: Pabst Blue Ribbon
|20 bottles per hour||50 bottles per hour||100 bottles per hour||200 bottles per hour|
Don't know what to buy? See our bar guide, below.
|1.5 bottles per hour||3 bottles per hour||6 bottles per hour||12 bottles per hour|
Go heavy on tonic water. And don't forget diet soda.
|4 liters per hour||9 liters per hour||17 liters per hour||33 liters per hour|
Chop some; leave some whole.
|OLIVES AND MARASCHINO CHERRIES
Useful and delicious.
|1 jar each||3 jars each||5 jars each||10 jars each|
Everyone runs out of ice. Don't let this happen to you.
|5 lbs||13 lbs||25 lbs||50 lbs|
Reduce this number if you are offering plates for food.
|40 per hour||100 per hour||200 per hour||400 per hour|
What a real martini is made with. We like Junipero, Hendrick's, and Boodles.
You're not in college anymore; buy something decent, like Herredura or Don Julio.
If your crowd is of the bourbon-and-Coke variety, go cheap. If not, opt for something like Maker's Mark, Woodford Reserve, or Old Dip Van Winkle.
- SWEET VERMOUTH
The other half of a Manhattan.
Should you want to break out the muddler for mojitos, you'll also need a bottle of this. Try Appleton Estate.
- DRY VERMOUTH
The other half of a martini.
- IRISH WHISKEY
Bushmills and Jameson are both good staples.
Don't skimp on this one. The Macallan Cask Strength is a good option.
The clear stuff always goes first. Buy lots and buy well. Grey Goose and Belvedere are both solid.
- MARTINI SHAKER
It's a tool, not a toy. Keep anyone with a Tom Cruise complex away.
- MARTINI OLIVES
The ones not used in drinks will be eaten by guests.
- BAR TOWEL
Someone will spill.
- LONG MIXING SPOON
For those who prefer their drinks stirred, not shaken.
- BOWL OF LEMON AND LIME WEDGES
Skip the umbrellas and plastic swords. But never skip the lemons and limes.
- ICE BUCKET
Tongs don't work. Use a large spoon instead.
Place a shaker cup, an ice spoon, a corkscrew, a shot measurer, and a bottle cork at the bar.
Use common sense. If you know your friends are wine drinkers, cut down on the spirits and mixers.
Have enough glasses on hand for guests to exchange a dirty one for a clean one at least one time.
This list is from the December 2004 issue of GQ. Subscribe to GQ today.