Get ready for the holiday season with your party planning. Prepare early and you will be successful. Here is your beverage guide, courtesy of Beverages and More.
Red, white and sparkling wines are great for any occasion. Not sure which your guests prefer? An even mix of reds and whites will assure you won't run dry. Refrigerate white wine at least two hours before serving. Keep red wine cool at 60 degrees. Chill Champagne and sparkling wines in an ice bucket.
Wine 750 ml=5 servings
Sparkling Wine 750 ml = 8 servings
Case/12 750 ml bottles = 60 servings
Create a full bar by stocking the spirits that bartenders serve most: vodka, tequila, rum, gin and whiskey. Consider serving a signature cocktail such as Martini, Margarita, Cosmopolitan or Bloody Mary, you can mix it in large quantities before your guests arrive.
Gin 750 ml = 16 servings
Rum 750 ml = 16 servings
Whiskey 750 ml = 16 servings
Vodka 1.75 L = 39 servings
Tequila 1.75 L = 39 servings
Stocking a variety of styles from light to dark will guarantee happy hop-heads. Consider adding seasonal brews into the mix. Beer loves food: A crisp Lager with sushi or fish; a robust ale with burgers or pizza. Having a large crowd? Consider a keg available in 5 gallons, 7.5 gallons,13.2 gallons and 15.5 gallons. Serving sizes from 53 up to 164, each serving based on 12 oz.
6 pack = 6 servings
12 pack = 12 servings
1.) Estimate that most guests will consume two drinks in the first hour and then one drink for each following hour:
2 Hours @ 20 Guests X 3 drinks/person = 60 total drinks
2.) To anticipate your servings needs, consider the occasion and what your guests prefer. Use the WINE/SPIRITS/BEER sections above to make the best selection for your party
20 guests: 50% wine (10), 30% spirits (6), 40% beer (4)
Note: For a wine and beer only partly, expect 60% will drink wine, and 40% will drink beer.
3.) Plan your purchase, assuming 20 guests:
Guests X Drinks:
Wine: 30 servings, 5 servings per bottle = 6 / 750 ml bottles
Spirits: 18 servings, 16 servings per bottle = 2 / 750 ml bottles
Beer: 12 servings, 6 per six pack = 2 six packs
Cold Cut Meats
Ice, Ice, Ice