How much is Enough?
Planning for a coctail party can be a pain. You don’t want to run out of anything, but you don’t want to be stuck with 6 bottles of cinnamon shcnapps either. Hopefully our little guide will help you out when plannning your next party.
Plan for each guest to have 4 drinks over the course of an evening. The four drinks might be wine, beer, liquor or a non-alcohlic beverage (soda, coffee, bottled water). To plan the right amount of drinks use this formula.
Number of Guests x 4 drinks (50 guests x 4 drinks = 200 drinks). Pretty simple – the key is knowing your guests and gettting the right combination of drinks.
Here’s a check list to help out with a party for 50 people
- 2 – 3 bottles of Vodka (We recommend at least 2 1.75 liter handles)
- 2 bottles Whiskey (Jack Daniels, a good Bourbon and either Irish or Canadian)
- 1 – 2 bottles Scotch
- 2 bottles Rum (1 light, 1 dark)
- 2 bottles Tequila
- 1 bottle Gin
- 1 bottle Brandy or Cognac
- 2 bottles Vermouth (1 Sweet, 1 Dry)
Wine & Beer
- 6 bottles Red
- 4 bottles White
- 3 – 4 Cases of Assorted Beer (Lagers, Pilsners, Ales)
Mixers & Non Alcohlic Drinks
- 1 – 12 liter case of sparkling water
- 1 case bottled still water
- 4 liters tonic water
- 6 liters Coca Cola or a case of cans
- 2 liters Sprite or 7up
- 3-4 bottles fresh OJ
- 2 bottles cranberry (you can get small cans as well)
- 2 bottles grapefruit (you can get small cans as well)
- 1 Quart Cream
- Coffee (have enough to make at least 6 full pots)
- Ice – at least 1lb. per guest (this is the most important of all!)
- 1 dozen Limes
- 1 dozen Lemons
- Martini Olives
- Marachino Cherries
- Cocktail Onions
- Stir Sticks or Straws
- Shot Glasses and Drink Shakers for mixing cocktails
- Glassware – have at least 3 per guest. Have mix of sizes and drink types – plastic is OK.