Liquor and Mixers for a Full Bar
|Mixers (1 liter)|
If it’s a crowd under age 35, increase vodka, tequila/mezcal, rum, and beer
• Each guest will drink an average of two drinks the first hour and one drink each hour thereafter.
• To estimate the amount of mixers needed, figure about 1 quart (1 liter) of tonic water, soda water, or juice for every 3 guests.
• A one-liter bottle of alcohol yields approximately 22 mixed drinks, so if you know how many guests are attending and what kind of bar you’re going to have, you can easily figure out how much alcohol to purchase.
• To accommodate any non-cocktail drinkers, estimate one bottle of wine per eight guests, remembering that white wine tends to be more popular than red.
• One 750-ml bottle of Champagne fills six regular Champagne glasses. The amounts listed in the chart account for how much Champagne guests will drink from the bar. If you plan to have a Champagne toast, you will need to purchase additional bottles—you only need to pour about a third of a glass for a toast, so plan on one bottle of bubbly for every ten guests.
• Garnishes are relatively cheap, so it’s always smart to buy extras. Plan on a 1/2 lemon and 1/2 lime and two each of olives, cherries, and onions per guest. This means that if you have 24 guests, you’ll need at least 12 lemons and 12 limes plus 48 each of olives, cherries, and onions.
• Plan on one and a half pounds of ice per person. This will provide enough ice for drinks as well as any ice baths for wine or beer.
HOW MANY GLASSES NEEDED?
Generally, you should have 3-4 glasses per person. This allows for multiple drinks, and takes into account drinks get misplaced or forgotten.
TYPES OF EVENTS
Lunch – Two glasses per person = 1/3 a bottle.
Dinner – Three glasses per person = 1/2 a bottle.
Wine & Cheese Party – Three glasses per person = 1/2 a bottle – more if the party lasts longer than three hours.
Late Night Party – Three to five glasses per person = 1/2-3/4 a bottle – more if the party lasts longer than five hours, depends crowd’s tastes.
CONSIDER TWO THINGS WHEN SOURCING AN EVENT …
(1) Trends, and (2) the type of event. Certain drinks gain more popularity over time and during different seasons, such as tequila, gin, beer and coolers in the summer, rum, brandy and liqueurs in the winter.
DID YOU KNOW?
A drink is a drink is a drink. A mixed drink with 1.5 oz. of spirits contains the same amount of alcohol as 12 oz. of beer or 5 oz. of wine.