Spirits Planning

Your bar can be one of the biggest meeting spots for your party guests. Having a complete setup with peoples' favorite mixers and garnishes goes the extra mile to make people feel like you've put the extra effort into making them feel special.

Drink Planning for Your Party

There are three common sizes for buying spirits. Knowing how many servings are in each bottle will help ensure that you are purchasing enough for you and your guests. (A serving equals 1.5 oz jigger. All numbers are approximate.)

  • Fifth = 750ml = 15 Servings
  • Quart = About 1 Liter = 20 Servings
  • Half gallon = About 1.75L = 35 Servings

Bar Setup

Whether your party (and budget) is big or small, you should stock your bar with the essentials. This simple breakdown of the most popular drinks and garnishes can help you put together your bar so that you're not over-or-understocked in any one Spirit..

The Basic Bar

  • Bourbon
  • Gin
  • Rum
  • Blended Scotch
  • Tequila
  • Vodka
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Dry Vermouth
  • Cointreau

Mixers

  • Sour Mix
  • Orange Juice
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Tonic Water
  • Soda Water
  • Cola
  • Lemon/Lime Soda
  • Ginger Ale

Garnishes

  • Bitters
  • Olives
  • Lemons & Limes
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Grenadine
  • Lime Juice
  • Sweet & Sour Mix

Cocktails

The trendy thing to offer at events these days is a “signature cocktail.” Signature cocktails should go with the theme of your event and are a fun addition. Usually these cocktails use one or two spirits combined with different juices or mixers. Jump over to our Cocktail Corner for some suggestions!