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ELLEN'S KITCHEN BEVERAGES FOR 100
Average meal or 2-3 hour party
Iced tea or
punch/koolaid for lunch|
6 to 8 gallons
Iced tea is made with 5 ounces or a scant 2 cups loose tea
PLUS ice, sugar, sweetener, lemon or lime slices
Sweet teae drinkes. contains 1 1/2 to 2 cups of sugar per gallon of hot tea Have about 2 gallons unsweetened plus some articial sweeteners (I like the pink stuff and the green stuff) for sugar fre
|Breakfast coffee and tea||
Regular coffee 2 1/2
Decaffeinated 1/2 pound
1 pound of coffee, about 5 cups ground, takes 9 quarts of water
Hot water for tea about 30 servings
PLUS Tea (herb, regular, and decaf) for 30 cups, 2 pounds sugar OR 2 pound boxes sugar cubes (216-252 cubes), 3 quarts cream or milk, 50 non calorie sweeteners, honey
|Dinner or reception coffee and tea||
Regular coffee, 1 1/2
pounds (about 75 cups)
Decaffeinated 1/2 pound (may use 1 pound regular and 1 pound decaf with older guests)
Additional hot water about 30 servings
PLUS Tea bags(herb, regular, decaf) for 30, 2 pounds sugar, 2 quarts cream or milk, sweeteners, honey
|Party Coffee||Allow 1 pint of made coffee (16 ounces) per person for a three hour party|
|Party punch- non alcoholic||
(1/2 cup punch per
6 to 10 gallons
10 gallons allows 3-4 drinks per person, needed if served alone. Use the smaller number if coffee and tea are also served.
PLUS ice,, 10 pounds per bowl
|Soda, with meal or break||Poured over ice
15 to 20 2 liter bottles
PLUS ice, 1 pound per person, double if hot, depending on length of party
PLUS 2 12-16 ounce cups per person
2 cans per person
Flavors: about 1/2 regular caffeinated, 1/4 sugar-free caffeinated, balance mixed fruit and sugar-free non-caffeinated
30 to 40 pounds ice per large cooler
Soup or juice
not main course
4 ounce serving
8 ounce serving (1 cup)
6 gallons plus 1 quart
6 cups of straight cocoa makes hot chocolate for 100
you need 6 gallons minimum
See Cocoa and Rich Hot Chocolate
Drinking- 6 gallons minimum serves 100
Cereal- 1/3 cup per person=2 1/2 gallons
|Beer with a meal||Beer drinkers will consume four 12 ounce bottles on average. Consider offering 1/2 liter beers. A pony keg, or half keg, will provide enough beer for approximately 83 12oz beers, and costs about $60-80 (2010) depending on the type of beer and where you purchase it.|
1 standard (750 ml) bottle of wine serves 5
glasses. Many people will drink 3-5 glasses
over the course of a meal or evening, so count on a minimum of 1/2 bottle per person.
Standard white wine to red wine ratio is two whites to one red.
Iced tea "Southern style sweet tea" from instant tea or loose tea
5 pounds (about 11 cups) sugar
First make the base.
When ready to serve, use a 10 gallon (40 quart) food safe container. Fill with a large block of ice, 7-10 pounds, and 7 1/2 to 8 gallons of cold water. Then pour the strong tea solution into the container slowly and stir well. Don't put the tea base in first, it will stay at the bottom.
Iced tea "Matcha green mint iced tea"
1/3 cup Japanese matcha green tea powder
First make the base. Bring 1 1/2 quarts water just to a boil, remove from heat, let stand almost 1 minute (170 degrees), pour into large bowl while sprinkling the tea powder.
When ready to serve, put 1/2 gallon in the container and add ice and water to make one gallon. Do the same with the other half.
|Servings from a single bottle|
|1 (1.5 liter) wine bottle||12 (4 oz.) glasses|
|1 bottle champagne||6 flute or 7 saucer glasses|
|Magnum Champagne||12 (4 oz.) glasses|
|1 case of champagne||72-84 drinks (about 50 people)|
In general, plan on two drinks (3 ounces hard liquor or 24 ounces of beer) per guest in the first hour and one drink (1 1/2 ounces hard liquor or 12 ounces of beer) per guest each hour thereafter.
PLUS bottled waters, mixers, cut limes and lemons, and ice:
for a four-hour party, figure on 2-3 lbs. of ice per guest. In warm weather, making frozen drinks, with beverages on ice or if outside, double the amount of ice.
Plan to add 30 to 40 pounds of ice per large cooler to the drink total.
Mixing a little water to the tub/cooler ice chills bottles more quickly.
*Be aware: in many states, you, the host, are legally liable if a person leaves your party drunk and has an auto accident. Blood alcohol rises above the legal limit if drinking more than 1 drink per hour! Friends don't let friends drive drunk.
|1 liter or quart hard liquor||22 (1 1/2 oz.) drinks, 28 "1 ounce" drinks|
In order of use: Vodka - Scotch - Gin - Bourbon
|Glasses||1 1/2- 2 glasses per person for parties less than 3 hours|
2- 3 glasses for parties over 3 hours
|Cocktail Napkins||4 per person the first hour plus 1 per person each additional hour|
|Professional Bartenders help reduce the total amount of alcohol and amount per person||For a one hour cocktail reception, allow one bartender per 75-100 and drink waiter for each fifteen guests.|
Liquor for small parties
If you are having
Pre-dinner cocktails you'll need
For a 2-3 hour party you will need
|8 to 12 drinks (one fifth)|
12 to 16 drinks (one fifth)
12 to 18 drinks (two fifths)
|18 to 24 drinks (two fifths)|
16 to 24 drinks (two fifths)
24 to 32 drinks (two fifths)
24 to 36 drinks (three fifths)
36 to 48 drinks (three fifths)
40 to 60 drinks (four fifths)
60 to 80 drinks (seven fifths)
50 to 70 drinks (five fifths)
75 to 100 drinks (seven fifths)
80 to 120 drinks (eight fifths)
120 to 150 drinks (ten fifths)
* To allow for some extra liquor, buy quarts instead of fifths.
Here is a sample calculation for 150 guests for a beer and wine party
|BASIC MIXED OPEN BAR FOR 200|
1 bottle of spirits = 3 bottles of wine = 1 case of beer
|Vermouth (.75 liter bottles dry and sweet)||4 dry, 2 sweet (.75 liter)|
|Scotch Whiskey (blended)||4 liters, or extra whiskey*|
|Chardonnay||12 .75 liter bottles|
|White Zinfandel or Reisling||12 .75 liter bottles|
|Pinot Noir or Merlot||20 .75 liter bottles|
|Lager||4 cases at least 1 light|
24-can case = 4 two liter containers
Order additional sodas for teens/ non-drinkers
|Cola||5 cases with 2 diet|
|Cranberry juice||1 case|
|Grapefruit juice||1/2 case|
|Lemon-lime soda||4 cases with 2 diet|
|Orange juice||2 cases, 3 gallons|
|Soda water||2 cases|
|Tomato juice/Bloody Mary Mix||1/2 case|
|Tonic water||2 cases with 1 diet|
|Still water||4 cases|
|CONDIMENTS AND GARNISHES|
|Angostura bitters||1 bottle|
|Cocktail onions||15 8 ounce jars|
|Cocktail olives||15 8 ounce jars|
|Lemons and limes||80|
|Maraschino cherries||20 8 ounce jars|
|Rose’s lime juice||2 quarts|
|Superfine sugar||2 pounds|
|Worcestershire sauce||1 bottle|
Stop serving liquor 1 hour before the end of the party and offer dinner coffee- see Beverage Planning Page.
*For outdoor or summer events, more light colored cocktails are ordered.
|Big budget? Add a luxury touch with a few single bottles of: Triple Sec or Cointreau, Kahlua® or other coffee flavored liqueur, Bailey's Irish Creme or other cream liqueur, Creme de Menthe, Creme de Cacao or other chocolate liqueur, Amaretto, Galliano, Brandy and/or Cognac, Grand Marnier®, Drambuie®, B&B® (Brandy & Benedictine), Apple Pucker Schnapps (for Appletinis), Southern Comfort, Peach Schnapps, Frangelico|