Ice is by far the most important ingredient to have on hand for successful, delicious cocktails. Because it will be front and center, choose an ice bucket that is both attractive and manageable in size. Save the plastic tubs to hold beer out back. Tongs or a metal ice scoop are essential for the grab. No fingers please!
The rule of cool is generally 2 pounds of cubes per guest, and a bag or two more to chill wine and beer.