How Much Alcohol Do I Need?

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

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

Items needed by guest count

Online calculators for alcohol needs:

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.


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