Beverage Consumption Guide

Beverage consumption guideWhen planning an event, the average consumption per person is one drink every 45 minutes. If the event will last 2 hours, plan on 3 drinks per person. Use or Beverage Consumption Guide below to help.

 

BEVERAGE CONSUMPTION GUIDE, HOW TO MAKE THE CALCULATIONS

Start with your best guess of the drinking habits of your guests. Divide the number of guests between the types of beverages you plan to serve. For example, if you choose to offer wine, beer and alcohol-free beverages, then figure the number of servings for each category, calculating one drink every 45 minutes, or 3 drinks every 2 hours. Finally match the total servings to the chart on the below.

 

EXAMPLE:

5O guests for a 2 hour event

30 will drink wine x 3 drinks = 90 servings

10 will drink beer x 3 drinks = 30 servings

10 will drink alc-free x 3 drinks = 30 servings

 

IN THIS EXAMPLE, YOU WOULD NEED:

wine = 1.5 case = 90 servings

beer = 5 six packs = 30 servings

alcohol-free = 6-750 ml bottles = 30 servings

If you don’t know what the drinking habits of your guests are, you will need to overestimate an equal division of all categories. For example, using the same 50 people above, with the same beverage offering, assume 25 will drink wine, 25 will drink beer and 25 will drink alcohol-free. It may seem that you’re buying more than you need, but your guests won’t be disappointed.

WINE & CHAMPAGNE
  
 
BOTTLE SIZE   # OF OUNCES     # OF SERVINGS
750 ml   25.4 5
1.5 liter 50.7 10
1 case 304.8 60

(1 serving = 5 oz)

 


 

 

SPIRITS
# OF 12 OZ    
# OF 16 OZ
Bottle Size        # OF OUNCES      # OF SERVINGS
750 ml 25.4 16
1 liter 33.8 22
1.75 liter 59.2 39

 

(1 serving = 1.5 oz jigger)

 


 

BEER
# OF 12 OZ    
# OF 16 OZ
KEG SIZE        SERVINGS    SERVINGS
1/4 82 62
1/2 164 124

 (1 serving = 1-12 oz bottle or 16 oz pub glass)

 


 

How many bottles of wine and spirits should I buy for my party? Let our Beverage Consumption Guide below give you the answer!

Example: Two-hour cocktail party for 100 people where liquor, wine, and beer will be served. *100 people x 3 drinks (2 drinks the first hour, 1 drink the second hour) per person = 300 drinks

• 30% Estimate liquor = 90 cocktails

 40% (est. vodka) = 36 vodka cocktails (1, 1.75 liter bottle vodka for 1.5 oz. pours)
 20% (est. whiskey) = 18 whiskey cocktails (1, 1 liter bottle whiskey for 1.5 oz. pours)  15% (est. scotch) = 14 scotch cocktails (1, 750 ml bottle scotch for 1.5 oz. pours)
 10% (est. gin) = 9 gin cocktails (1, 750 ml bottle gin for 1.5 oz. pours)
 10% (est. rum) = 9 rum cocktails (1, 750 ml bottle rum for 1.5 oz. pours)
 5% (est. tequila) = 5 tequila cocktails (1, 750 ml bottle rum for 1.5 oz. pours)

• 60% Estimate Wine = 180 glasses of wine

 36, 750 ml bottles of wine  18, 1.5 liter bottles of wine  9, 3 liter bottles of wine

• 10% Estimate Beer = 30 beers

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