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COCKTAIL PARTY PLANNING

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Your bar will be the center of attention at your party. So whether you have a full-on man cave to work with, or just a little extra room on the kitchen counter, let’s make sure you have the best bar setup for party drinks: the right collection of spirits and mixers plus shakers, accessories, glassware and plenty of ice. A well-stocked bar helps set the mood for a fun party, and makes the host’s job that much easier.

How much?

There are three common bottle sizes for spirits. Knowing how many standard 1.5-oz pours are in each bottle will help you plan an accurate count. All numbers are approximate.

750 mL (one “fifth”) = 15 servings
Quart = 20 servings
1.75 L = 35 servings

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Enjoy responsibly
As you plan for wine, spirits and beer at your party, be sure to have plenty of water, soft drinks and non-alcoholic beverages for your guests. Make sure everyone who’s drinking has food to eat, and that no-one who is drinking will be driving.

Planning the cocktail menu

Why not offer a “signature cocktail” at your event? Select a drink to match the theme of the event – featuring a fresh, seasonal or holiday ingredient or complementing your party’s color scheme. Check out our cocktail recipes for ideas.

Want to offer a full bar?

Total Wine & More offers more than 3,000 different types of spirits and mixers. Let’s look at the essential spirits, mixers and garnishes you’ll want to have ready for party drinks.

Spirits
Bourbon
Gin
Rum
Blended scotch
Tequila
Vodka
Sweet vermouth
Dry vermouth
Triple sec

Mixers
Sour mix
Orange juice
Cranberry juice
Tonic water
Soda water
Cola
Lemon-lime soda
Ginger ale

Garnishes & extras
Lemons
Limes
Olives
Bitters
Maraschino or
  brandied cherries
Grenadine
Lime juice
Sweet and sour mix

Well-Appointed Bar
To the Basic Bar, add …
Single-malt scotch
Orange liqueur
Gourmet bitters
Cheese-stuffed olives
Gourmet sodas
Ginger beer

Super-Premium Bar
To the Well-Appointed Bar, add …
Liqueurs
Cognac
Port
Sherry