Guide Database


Complete Alcohol Guide and Calculators

Drinks Per Bottle: Highballs, Cocktails, Mixed Drinks (1.5 oz. liquor servings)

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Drinks Per Bottle: Table Wines, Champagne, Sparkling Wines (5 oz. wine servings)

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Items needed by guest count

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Online calculators for alcohol needs:

TotalWine.com: How much alcohol do I need? 

Evite Alcohol Calculator 

The Wedding Alcohol Calculator

Stocking a Standard Cocktail Bar:

If you do want to stock a full bar, most needs can be met by having the following on hand: 

Vodka   Rum   Gin
Scotch   Bourbon
Blended Whiskey    Tequila

 

Stocking a Complete Cocktail Bar

If you want to offer more cocktail choices, in addition to the standard bar consider also stocking: 

  • Kahlua® or other coffee flavored liqueur 
  • Creme de Menthe
  • Creme de Cacao
  • Amaretto
  • Brandy and/or Cognac
  • Grand Marnier®
  • Drambuie®
  • B&B® (Brandy & Benedictine)
  • Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • Apple Pucker Schnapps (for Appletinis)
  • Bailey's Irish Creme
  • Southern Comfort
  • Peach Schnapps
  • Frangelico

 

Mixers and Garnishes

Depending on the cocktails you plan on offering, you may need any or all of the following: 

  • Juices – orange juice, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, tomato juice or V8, pineapple, lemon or lime juice (fresh squeezed when possible or Roses), Pomengranate
  • For fresh squeezed juices, you can estimate that the average lemon or lime will yield about an ounce of juice, an orange will yield between 1 1/2 - 3 oz. of juice depending on it's size.
  • Mixes – Bloody Mary mix, Margarita mix
  • Carbonated beverages – club soda, tonic water, cola, 7-Up or Sprite, ginger ale.
  • Flavoring ingredients – Angostura bitters for drinks like Old Fashioneds, salt, pepper or horseradish for drinks like Bloody Marys, confectioner's sugar for fizzes an flips, grenadine, simple syrup, cream of coconut, etc.
  • Dry vermouth if you plan on making martinis.
  • Sweet vermouth if you plan on making Manhattans.
  • Grenadine
  • Sweet & Sour
  • Salt or sugar for rimming cocktail glasses (for Margaritas).
  • Milk, half and half, cream, whipped cream or possibly even ice cream.
  • Coffee – for hot drinks and last call, no alcohol.
  • Garnishes like lemon or lime peel or wedges, orange slices, Maraschino cherries, olives, cocktail onions or celery stalks.