How to stock your bar

How to stock your bar

Drinks that will get any party off on the right foot.

To start your cocktail party off right, purchase a guide and polish up your bartending skills. Know how to make classic drinks as well as create a few new recipes of your own. Starting with a fresh juice creates a fantastic summer drink. For lighter, non-alcoholic drinks, keep sparkling water or non-alcoholic beer on hand for guests. Although you are having a cocktail party, "mocktails" are certainly acceptable.

Bar Essentials: When entertaining make sure you bar is stocked with the proper supplies.

* Bar towels
* Bar glasses
* Corkscrews
* Shot glasses
* Swizzle Sticks
* Lemon zester
* Blender for frozen drinks
* Sharp Knife and Small Cutting Board
* Cocktail shaker
* Coasters
* Coiled rim strainer
* Cocktail Napkins
* Long handled spoon
* Ice Bucket

Liquor Math: The amount of liquor you plan to serve depends on several factors: the type of party, how long the party will last, and the type of food served. Plan on approximately two drinks per hour per guest.

Key to Cocktail Measurements:

Ounce or Pony:
1 oz (ounce) equals 3/4 shot, jigger or pony
1 oz (ounce) equals 3 cl (centiliters)
1 oz (ounce) equals 30 ml (milliliters)
1 oz (ounce) equals 2 tbsp (tablespoons)
Shot or Jigger:
1 shot equals 1 1/2 oz (ounces)
1 shot equals 4.5 CL (centiliters)
1 shot equals 45 ml (milliliters)
1 shot equals 3 tbsp (tablespoons)
Cup:
1 cup equals 8 oz (ounces)
1 cup equals 24 CL (centiliters)
1 cup equals 240 ml (milliliters)
Bottle:
1 bottle equals 750 ml (milliliters)
Dash or Splash:
Universal terms for small amounts. There are approximately 36 dashes in one ounce. When a recipe calls for a variable amount of dashes, for example 2 - 4 dashes grenadine, this indicates that you are seasoning to taste. A splash is slightly larger than a dash, but considered to be less and 1/2 oz.
Fill:
Usually designated to nonalcoholic mixers, such as juices or sodas. To fill you pour liquid into cocktail glass until it reaches the appropriate watermark.
Float:
Universal term for layering 1/4 oz to 1 oz spirit on top of a prepared beverage. Best method is to pour liquor over the back side of a spoon or along rim of glass.