One of the first questions every client asks is, how much alcohol
should I purchase for a party?
The first step in figuring out how much alcohol to purchase is
estimating how many people will be coming to your party. Once
you determine how many guests, ask yourself a couple questions
- What type of drinks would my guests prefer? (beer, wine,
- Should we provide a limited menu of specialty drinks or an
A limited menu of four to seven specialty drinks can be offered
to guests. This can help keep the cost of your party down as
you will only need to purchase the alcohol, mixers and garnishes in
those specific drinks. Here’s an example of a five drink menu
put together with a client for a holiday party. The five
drinks offered were a Poinsettia, Santa Hat, Old Fashioned, Sidecar
and Vodka Martini.
Next, take the number of guests expected to attend and multiply
by the estimated number of drinks consumed per person.
Example, 40 people at your party and three drinks per person equals
120 total drinks. At a dinner party or cocktail party you can
expect guests to consumer around two to three drinks per
person. At an evening party each guest may consume three to
four drinks per person. The number of drinks consumed really
depends on the time of day of the event, the type of function and
how wild your friends are.
Next, take an inventory of what alcohol you currently have.
For the alcohol that you need, here’s a guide to estimate.
LIQUOR: A 750ML bottle of liquor will yield 16 - 1.5oz
servings. One liter bottle will get you 22 - 1.5oz servings.
CHAMPAGNE or WINE A 750ML bottle of wine or champagne will yield
5 - 5oz servings. One liter bottle of wine will get you 6 - 5oz
BEER: One keg will typically yield 200 beers