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Cold Beverage Math

Even the most seasoned bartenders use a guide to ensure they have enough refreshments to last throughout the evening. Use these handy guides and you'll end up with the right amount of beverages to go around.

When serving alcohol, count on about two glasses of wine, three beers or two mixed drinks per person. Serve a variety of chilled non-alcoholic drinks for designated drivers.

  • For non-alcoholic beverages, plan on 2 cups (16 oz.) or 500 mL for each person
  • Figure on assigning one person as the "bartender" along with one assistant for every 15 guests
  • One 750-mL bottle of wine = enough for five 5-oz glasses of wine
  • One 750-mL of liqueur = 24 oz. or enough for sixteen 1- to ½-oz mixed drinks)
  • One liter of pop = enough to make seven 12-oz .highball drinks (with ice and liquor)
  • 2 lb. of ice = enough to fill seven highball glasses

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# of Guests Total # of 750-ml Bottles
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