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The Drink Calculator

 

     If you're having a party and you're wondering how much it will take to quench the thirsts of your guests, keep these handy Ideas in mind.

  • On the average, expect guests to drink 2 drinks or servings of a nonalcoholic beverage the first hour and 1 each hour thereafter. Remember, people drink more when the weather is warm.
  • If you plan to serve bar drinks, you should allow 1 1/2 ounces of liquor for each drink. That means you'll get about 16 drinks from each 750-milliliter bottle (fifth) of liquor. Allow about a quart of mixer -- carbonated water, tonic water, or ginger ale -- for every 3 persons.
  • When serving wine, plan on one 750-milliliter bottle for every two guests (one bottle for every 3 to 4 guests if the wine will be served only during a meal). If you prefer to buy the large 1.5-liter bottle of wine, it will serve 4 guests (6 to 8 guests if served only during a meal).
  • When ordering beer for a party, allow about 12 ounces per guest for every half hour to hour. For a large crowd, you might want to buy a keg.
  • Always have some nonalcoholic beverages on hand. Besides having juices, bottled water, lemonade, soda and/or iced tea, consider nonalcoholic wines and beers.
  • If you're uncertain about how much to buy, ask your beverage store if you can return any unopened bottles. If you entertain frequently, you may want to plan ahead and shop in quantity.
 

How many drinks are in a bottle?

  Cocktails (16 oz. each) Wine or Champagne (5 oz. each)
750 ML 16 5
Liter 22 *
1.5 L * 10
1.75L 39 *
3L * 20

How much should I buy? 

  4 People 6 People 10 People
Lunch

6 cocktails or glasses of wine

10 glasses of wine with lunch

4 liqueurs

10 cocktails or glasses of wine

14 glasses of wine with lunch

6 liqueurs/ Sherry

15 cocktails/wine

15 glasses wine w/lunch

10 liqueurs/Sherry

 

Cocktail Party

8 cocktails, highballs or glasses of wine (first 2 hours)

8 glasses wine (first 2 hours)

6 drinks per hour thereafter

12 cocktails, highballs or glasses of wine (first 2 hours)

9 drinks per hour thereafter

 

20 cocktails/highballs or

20 glasses wine (first 2 hours)

15 drinks an hour thereafter

Dinner Party

8 cocktails / highballs/ wine

8 glasses of wine with dinner

4 liqueurs/Sherry

4 drinks per hour after dinner

12 cocktails or highballs

12 glasses

6 liqueurs/Sherry

6 drinks an hour after dinner

20 cocktails/wine

20 glasses wine w/dinner

10 liqueurs/Sherry*

10 drinks an hour after dinner

 

Evening or Reception

Party

16 drinks (highballs, cocktails, wine) 24 drinks (highballs, cocktails, wine) 24 drinks (highballs, cocktails, wine)
 

Basic Stocking a Party Bar Supply list

There are six or seven basic products you should have at a self serve bar. They include white Rum, (optional – amber Rum), Vodka, Gin, Canadian Whisky (Rye), Tequila and a scotch or Bourbon.

Basic Mixer list

Soft Drinks/Sodas:

Club soda, Cola, Diet cola, Ginger Ale, Lemon Lime, Tonic

Juices: Orange, Cranberry, Tomato, Mott’s Clamato

  • Keep a garbage can handy, but out of sight – maybe even under the bar (table)
  • Leave a towel or cloth near the table or discreetly on the table so guests can wipe their hands or any minor spills
  • Cut the fruit garnishes ahead of time (not too early – an hour before would be ideal)
  • If you are serving a punch you may wish to set this up at another table as the combination of the large punch bowl and glassware takes up a lot of space – visit our feature on punches.
  • Print off a couple of recipes from your favorite web site and place them on the table to help spark your guest’s imagination
  • Ensure that you have at least one or two measuring glasses for your guests to use to properly and responsibly pour drinks.
  • Have plenty of ice ready. You can never have too much ice!

  How Many Drinks Per Bottle Average

(commonly used by caterers)

Highballs, Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
(1.5 oz. liquor servings)

Bottles

1

2

4

6

8

10

12

750 ML (25.4 oz.)

16

33

67

101

135

169

203

Liter (33.8 oz.)

22

45

90

135

180

225

270

1.75 L (59.2 oz.)

39

78

157

236

315

394

473

Wines, Champagnes, Sparkling Wines
(5 oz. wine servings)

Bottles

1

2

4

6

8

10

12

750 ML (25.4 oz.)

5

10

20

30

40

50

60

Liter (33.8 oz.)

6

13

27

40

54

67

81

1.75 L (59.2 oz.)

10

20

30

40

54

67

81

3 Liter (101 oz.)

20

40

80

121

161

202

242

4 Liter (135 oz.)

27

54

108

162

216

270

324

Wine Calculator for Dinner

Table Wines, Champagnes, Sparking Wines
(average 2 servings at 4 to 5 oz. per serving)

People

4

6

8

10

12

20

750 ML (25.4 oz.)

2

2+

3+

4

5

8

1.5 Liters (50.7 oz.)

1

1+

2

2

2+

4

 

Cocktail Party Hosting Bar Calculator Hints

      Any list of supply items for your beverage and bar needs at a party depend on regional tastes, trends or customs, these lists is only a suggested list of supplies that will help you plan your party for 20 to 50 guests.

For 20 guests: 

Bottles of Spirits:

1 Vodka
1 Whisky
1 Gin
1 Scotch
1 Sweet vermouth
1 Dry vermouth
2 Rum(1 light/1 dark)
1 Tequila

(have beer and two bottles of red and white wine available for this number of guests if you are offering more than "cocktails"


Extra supplies:
20 lbs Ice
2 Tonic water
2 Ginger ale
2 Cola
2 Soda water
2 Orange juice
1 Cranberry juice
1 Limes
1 Lemons
Olives
Maraschino cherries
Napkins
Cocktail sticks
Any extra mixers that you see fit (i.e. pineapple juice)
Any extra fruit that you see fit (i.e. oranges)

Glassware:

60 glasses (estimate 3 per person)

Stock up on mainly lowball and highball glasses but with a few variations too if possible.

For 50 guests

Bottles of Spirits
2 Vodka
2 Whisky
2 Gin
2 Scotch
1 Sweet vermouth
1 Dry vermouth
2 Rum(1 light/1 dark)
2 Tequila

(have beer and four bottles of red, and four bottles of white wine available for this number of guests if you are offering more than "cocktails")


Extra supplies:
50 lbs Ice
6 Tonic water
6 Ginger ale
6 Cola
4 Soda water
4 Orange juice
3 Cranberry juice
3 Limes
3 Lemons
Olives
Maraschino cherries
Napkins
Cocktail sticks
Any extra mixers that you see fit (i.e. pineapple juice)
Any extra fruit that you see fit (i.e. oranges) 

Glassware:
150 glasses (3 per person)
You may wish to have liqueurs available. (ie: Irish Creme, Coffee Liqueurs, Blue Curacao).


        

 

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