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I have been assigned - again - the task of running the bar for the fancy Christmas cocktail party of one of Mrs. BD's lady clubs next weekend. It's a formal, traditional sort of group, dressy but not black tie. The husbands are very fine and jolly guys most of whom I have known for years and are happy to pitch in with tending the bar for 1/2 hour when asked, so the manpower part is easy. The bar generally needs only 2 guys at a time.
There will be tons of excellent "heavy hors d'oevres", aka supper, with desserts - but that's not my department.
My past experience with this group, which will be around 100-120 people for 2-3 hrs, is that most ladies are light drinkers (a couple of glasses of wine or a couple of beers), most guys will do a bit more, and there is a subset can get cranky without vodka or Scotch. I want everybody to be happy but I like to keep it simple.
Thus my provisional shopping list:
Bag of limes and lemons A few bags of ice Case of Coke Case of Diet Coke 1 case of Perrier 2 cases of Harpoon beer 2 cases of some other beer 1 bottle of Johnny Walker 1 bottle of Grey Goose 1 bottle of Rum 1/2 case of Prosecco 1 1/2 cases of red (which one to be determined) 1 1/2 cases of Sauvignon Blanc
Does that sound right to you? Too much? A case of wine is about 50 glasses of wine. You hate to be stingy and run out of something basic but you don't really want leftovers either. As a rough guide, I use this party site.
Third on the bourbon. Four Roses, maybe? But mostly, you are so wise for not buying Chardonnay!! YUCK. I drink Sauvignon Blanc from all over the world, but I have found exactly one Chardonnay that was worth drinking and that was in Italy. It might have been the setting.
I think you can only get Harpoon "beer" on tap at their brewery sites in Boston and thereabouts. Harpoon's APAs and IPAs are good, and my gentleman callers seem like them. An amber lager is always good to have on hand for traditionalists.
To my mind, bourbon is a must. If you intend to mix it with Coca Cola (regular or diet), one handle of Heaven Hill should do nicely. It is inexpensive and has some bite, without cloying sweetness. Buying something better would be a waste. Serving rum instead would make every manly drinker sad. But hey, it's not my party.
Best way to make sure a party ends at a reasonable time is to run out of booze.
I think you are on the right track :)
Also, perhaps a bottle of Tanqueray and some tonic water. Ginantonix have the benefit of offering a buzz and a boost at the same time (since tonic water is loaded with sugar.) A great party/wedding drink.
A find that older women often prefer ginger-ale over coke or sprite.
Ditto on the bourbon over Johnny Walker (Maker's Mark or Jim Beam, for mixing.) I'd take Chivas over JW, as blends go.
If you're doing rum for Rum and Coke - I'd go with Bacardi Silver.
Must have cranberry, orange, and maybe pineapple juice for basic highballs. I find cranberry goes the fastest.
Some Roses lime juice is not a bad idea either. Neither is a small bottle of Cointreau.
Coppola Sauvignon Blanc is a bottle that evaporates readily up here in the DPRV. It's full bodied, but not the least expensive white around.
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