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A pal and I have been volunteered to run the bar for a formally-informal Valentine's Day party that our wives' club is putting on. They expect 40 women plus their husbands - all friendly Indians. It's what is termed "heavy cocktails", not dinner.
We decided to keep it simple with just red and white wine, a few interesting beers, bubbly water, and coke. Lemons and limes, and plenty of ice.
Figured a case of red, a case of white, 5 cases of beer.
Then we just learned that the venue for the party (an art museum) does not permit red wine on the premises. Apparently many places have that rule. So I am thinking maybe we should have whiskey, Bourbon, rum, and vodka too - but no mixed drinks other than rum and coke. We don't want to have to be real bartenders because we like to schmooze with all our friends.
Seltzer is a good simple mixer. Other than an occasional summertime gin and tonic, bourbon and seltzer is the only mixed drink I ever have. It's really good with bitters splashed into it. Both of these are quick and easy and cover the clear and brown preferences.
You will need more liquor than you think. 3 cases of white wine, the idea of sparkling wine is spot on, tonic to go with vodka and gin, soda water for the whiskey and let them add it.
Amount of beer depends on the crowd. 5 cases is a huge number for our group unless my brother in law is attending.