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Beverage Quantities Per Your Guest Count

Friday, February 7, 2014


When assisting clients with event planning, one of the questions I am frequently asked in regard to bar service is what beverages to offer hand how much to have on hand.

One option is to limit your menu by offering only one or two types of signature cocktails, along with wine or Champagne and perhaps beer. Creating a theme for your party can also help you narrow the drink choices. For instance, margaritas and sangria are perfect for a Latin or Mexican -themed party.

A good rule of thumb is that the vast majority of guests consume no more than one drink per hour. So if you multiply the number of guests by the number of hours the party is scheduled to last, you'll have an approximate idea of how many drinks you will serve.

When estimating quantities, use the following guidelines

  • A bottle of wine = 4-5 glasses
  • A bottle of Champagne= 5-6 glasses
  • It is preferred to serve bottled beer as you can offer a few different selections and it is already portion controlled.
  • A 1-liter bottle of liquor will provide 22 shots, or mixer for about 12 highballs.
  • 5 lb. of medium-size ice cubes will fill about 24 ten-fl.-oz. glasses

It is also importation to select the appropriate size glass for service. For example, using a very large 8-10oz wine glass for service you will probably “over pour” the glass. Be sure to offer a selection of nonalcoholic beverages, and serve your guests plenty of food.

Thank you everyone for reading and always remember to drink safe and never drink and drive.


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