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Party Planning Guide for Beer, Wine, and Spirits
People’s drinking habits are ever changing. With the strict Dill Laws and Penalties, there is a definite trend toward beer and wine gatherings ONLY (this is due to the interest in wines and crafted, micro-brewed beers). This also gives you the incredible selection and variety of beers and wines as an interesting alternative to distilled spirits.
A check-list follows to include necessary quantities of bartending supplies, distilled spirits, beers and wines. It is important to note time of year, and the temperature of the day, evening of the event, age group, length and nature of event (wedding rehearsal dinner, retirement party, graduation, etc.), day of the week, elderly folks, college age, etc. are all factors in properly planning for a successful function.
Learn about pairing food and wine in our blog post The General Rules of Food and Wine Pairing.
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Party Planning Quantities Chart
|LIQUORS||100 PEOPLE||50 PEOPLE||25 PEOPLE|
|Bourbon||1-750 ml||1-750 ml||1-750 ml|
|Scotch||2-Liters||1-Liter||1-Liter or 1-750 ml|
|Light Rum||1-Liter||1-Liter||1-750 ml|
|Dark Rum||1-Liter||1-Liter||1-750 ml|
|(domestic, light,||6-8 Cases||6 Cases||1-3 Cases|
|WINES||2-Cases Red||1-Case Red||0.5-Case Red|
|(reds, whites, &||2-Cases White||1-Case White||0.5-Case White|
|blush)||1-Case Blush||0.5-Case Blush||3-4 Bottles Blush|
|(based on 500ml. size)||3-4 Cases||2-3 Cases||1-3 Cases|
|Still or sparkling|
|MIXERS / JUICES|
|Coke||5-2 Liters||3-2 Liters||2-2 Liters|
|Diet Coke||5-2 Liters||3-2 Liters||2-2 Liters|
|Sprite||3-2 Liters||2-2 Liters||1-2 Liters|
|Ginger Ale||3-2 Liters||2-2 Liters||1-2 Liters|
|Tonic Water||6-1 Liters||3-1 Liters||2-1 Liters|
|Club Soda||5-1 Liters||3-1 Liters||2-1 Liters|
|Bloody Mary Mix||3-Liters||2-Liters||2-Liters|
|Pineapple||2-6 Packs (10oz)||1-6 Packs (10oz)||1-6 Packs (10oz)|
|Bitter||1-4oz Bottle||1-4oz Bottle||1-4oz Bottle|
|Cocktail Onions||1-Small Jar||1-Small Jar||1-Small Jar|
|Olives||1-Small Jar||1-Small Jar||1-Small Jar|
|Cherries||1-Small Jar||1-Small Jar||1-Small Jar|
ADDITIONAL GENERAL SUPPLIES
1 CLEAN small tub / misc. container to dispense ice for making cocktails
1 Large Cooler to store bags of ice if a freezer is not available
1-2 Drink Shakers for Manhattans / Martinis
1 Small Plastic Cutting Board for lemons and limes
2-4 Small Bowls or Ramekins for cut fruit dispensing
3 Glasses Per Person (this includes rocks, highball and/or wine glasses)
1 Pound of Ice Per Person (for service and cooling beer, wine, etc.)
1 Bottle Opener (beer)
1 Bottle Opener (wine)
Cocktail Recipe Book
2-3 Large Trash Cans with liners
Blender (if needed)
GENERAL RULES / MEASUREMENTS OF THUMB
1 Liter 33oz.
Wine only party 0.5 Bottle per person
Summer weather tends to encourage more white wine drinking
Cooler/winter weather tends encourage more red wine drinking
1.5oz is the standard shot size
Vodka is the most consumed spirit and will run 3-4 times more than everything else.
NOTE ON KEG BEER
A keg of beer (a half barrel of beer) contains 1,984oz. of beer, or 15.5 gallons or 160 12oz. beers or a little under seven cases or 148 pints. There will be a deposit of $50.00 for the keg and $50.00 for the tap. Both of which will be returned when the equipment is returned.