When serving alcohol to your guests, make sure you have all their tastes covered. So keep your favorite wines and beer on hand, then stock up on a variety of liquors to lift everyone's spirits during the holidays.
All-purpose red wine (Pinot Noir works well with many foods)
All-purpose white wine (Pinot Grigio is a crowd-pleaser)
Sparkling wine (Champagne or anything bubbly)
Tonic, club soda and seltzer
Sodas for mixing, such as ginger ale and cola
Juices for mixing, such as cranberry or grapefruit
After dinner liqueurs, such as Irish cream or coffee liqueur (for example, Bailey's or Kahlua)
If you're going to play bartender and make some specialty cocktails, you'll probably need the following as well.
Flavored liqueurs, such as orange or almond (for example, Triple Sec or Amaretto)
More holiday entertaining essentials:
• Decorations for your holiday party
• What you need in your linen closet
• What you need in your cabinets
• What you need in your pantry
• What you need in your refrigerator