Buying for a Crowd:  Stocking a bar for a party or gathering can be a hit-or-miss experience. But it doesn't have to be. Here is an easy guide for stocking a bar for ten to forty guests.
Liquor 10-20 guests 21-40 guests
Vodka 2-3liters 4liters
Gin 1-2liters 3liters
Scotch 1-2liters 3liters
Dry Vermouth 1/2 liter 1 liter
Tequila 1-2liters 2liters
Bourbon l liter l liter
Whisk(e)y 1 liter 2 liters
Wine 1 case 2 cases
Beer 1-2 cases 3 cases
Brandy 1 liter l liter
Rum 1-2liters 2liters
If you find it easier to think about how many drinks you are likely to serve at a party, the following guide shows how many drinks per bottle you can expect to make.
For mixed drinks, you will use approximately 1.25 ounces or 37 milliliters per serving.
Number of Bottles 1 2 4 6 12
750 ml  20 40 81 121 243
Liter 27 54 108 162 324
1.5 Liter 40 81 162 243 486
For wine and Champagne, the serving size is 5 ounces or 118 milliliters.
Number of Bottles 1 2 4 6 12
750 ml 6 12 25 38 76
Liter 8 16 33 50 101
1.5 Liter 12 25 50 76 152
3 Liter 25 50 101 152 305

Here are a few Recipes to get you started:

Bahama Mama
1/2 oz. dark rum 3 oz. orange juice
3 oz. pina colada mix 3/4 oz. Spiced Rum
1/2 oz. grenadine  
Combine dark rum, orange juice, and pina colada mix in ice cube-filled specialty glass. Float spiced rum and grenadine on top. Garnish with a pineapple flag.
Chocolate Tornado
1 oz. amaretto 1/4 oz. dark rum
1 oz. Half-and-Half 3/4 oz. chocolate syrup
6 drops vanilla extract 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
8 oz. crushed ice whipped cream
Blend ingredients thoroughly. Pour into specialty glass. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with chocolate sprinkles
"Sex on the Beach"
1/2 oz. melon liqueur 1/2 oz. raspberry liqueur
1/4 oz. vodka 4 oz. pineapple juice
6 oz. crushed ice  
Shake ingredients well with crushed ice. Pour into highball glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

Mint Julep

11/4 oz. Bourbon Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup in the bottom of a chilled highball glass. Fill glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Garnish with mint sprig.
1 tbsp. simple syrup
10-15 large fresh mint leaves
Golf Cocktail
1 oz. gin 1/4 oz. dry vermouth
3 dashes Angostura bitters  
Combine all ingredients with cracked ice in a mixing glass. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
1 oz. Canadian whisky 1/4 oz. sweet vermouth
1 dash bitters (optional)  
Stir with ice in tumbler. Strain into a prechilled old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry or serve on the rocks.
Long Island Iced Tea
1/4 oz. gin 1/4 oz. vodka
1/4 oz. white rum 1/4 oz. tequila
1/4 oz. triple sec 1 oz. sweet & sour mix
6 oz. cola  
Fill Collins glass with ice. Add all except cola. Stir. Add cola to fill. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Rum Runner

1/4 oz. Spiced Rum 1/4 oz. blackberry liqueur
1/4 oz. creme de banana 4 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. grenadine 8 oz. crushed ice
Blend all ingredients until slushy. Serve in specialty glass.
Salty Dog
1 1/4 oz. vodka 6 oz. grapefruit juice
1/4 tsp. salt  
Pour vodka over ice in a highball glass. Mix in salt and grapefruit juice.

Fuzzy Navel

11/4 oz. peach schnapps Combine in ice cube-filled highball glass.
6 oz. orange juice


Tequila Sunrise
1 1/4 oz. tequila 1 tsp. grenadine
6 oz. orange juice  
Pour tequila and grenadine over ice cube in a highball glass. Fill with orange juice. Stir. Garnish with an orange slice.
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