Apr 22, 2018
Stocking Your Home Bar

Tara Guerard SoireeI find people always asking for easy entertaining at home tips- especially on quantities or what to sere at the bar. Entertaining at home is a cinch if you have the right guidelines to follow! Here are my recommendations based on a four hour party for about 20 guests.

You’ll need:

7 bottles of white wine- it’s nice to offer a couple of different varietals as well a Chardonnay (I suggest Rombauer) and a Sauvignon Blanc (like Oyster Bay).

3 bottles of red wine- I prefer red so I will drink year round, but not a bad idea to double up here in the colder months.

30 bottles of beer- I like Stella Artois – and I do like to pour/serve in glasses

1 750 mil bottle of Vodka- I enjoy Tito’s

1 750 mil bottle of Gin, Rum, and/or Tequila. 

1 liter bottle (or if a few of the guests are known to imbibe, add 1 more) of whiskey, bourbon, or scotch. There is a new scotch that I am loving… the bottle is pretty enough to be on display as well!

 

Tara Guerard SoireeIf you are going to have a self serve bar, you can always dress it up by using your decanters, pitchers, or other vessels and have tags identify each liquor.

For accoutrements you’ll need- (13-15) 12 oz bottles of your favorite mixers including Ginger Ale, Club Soda and Tonic. We have a local tonic made here that is divine- Jack Rudy. (3) 2 liter bottles of soda, (1) 2 liter of diet soda, 20 pounds of ice. And, precut your fruit and serve in a pretty bowl.

Tara Guerard SoireeI think it’s a nice touch to have bar snacks for guests as well, in case they end up in a conversation over cocktail refreshing.

Tara Guerard SoireeI suggest for glassware that you have a standard high ball that you can use for cocktails and beer. As well as wine glasses ( you can use something fun and if it’s casual and the wine isn’t from your best collection you can use the same glasses for all), and champagne if serving.

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Tara Guerard SoireeYou’ll also need about 250 paper cocktail napkins (foryourparty.com is a great resource), or if you have a collection of linen cocktail napkins, break those out. And custom drink stirrers would really wow your guests! I favor these from Lettered Olive.

Lucy Cuneo photo/Tara Guerard SoireeAnd, if you can really splurge, it’s nice to have a bartender so that guests don’t have to lift a finger!

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