How much liquor and mix should I buy for the bar at my special event?
The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) generally suggest that permittees allow for four drinks per guest. The drink quantity typically breaks down to: one beer, two mixed spirit drinks (1 ounce each) and one glass of wine (2-3 three ounces). A bottle of beer provides one drink, a 750ml bottle of wine provides five drinks, and a 750ml bottle of any spirit is about 17 drinks.
Alcohol Purchase Calculations
______# of guests X 1 glass of wine each = _______
EX: 150 guests X 1 glass of wine each = _150 glasses of wine
A 750ml bottle of wine provides five drinks.
______# of glasses /5 glasses per 750ml bottle =________
EX: 150 glasses /5 glasses per 750ml bottle =_30 bottles of wine
-Generally purchase 50% white wine, 40% red wine, 10% blush.
______# of guests X 1 bottle of beer each = _______
EX: 150 guests X 1 bottle of beer each = _150 bottles of beer
A case of beer contains 12 or 24 beers (based on cases of 12).
______# of bottles /12 in a case of beer = ________
EX: 150 bottles /12 in a case of beer = _12.5 or 13 cases of beer_
-Generally purchase 3-4 types of beer, with 10% being a light beer.
EX: 4 cases of Molson Canadian, 3 cases of Pilsner, 3 cases of Rickard’s Red, 2 cases of Coors Light
______# of guests X 2 glasses of spirits each = _______
EX: 150 guests X 2 glasses of spirits each = _300_glasses of spirits
A 750ml bottle of spirits provides 17 drinks (one ounce per drink).
______# of glasses /17 glasses per 750ml bottle =________
EX: 300 glasses /17 glasses per 750ml bottle =_17.64 or 18 bottles of spirits
– The most common spirits to serve at a function are Rye, Vodka and Rum and to a lesser extent Scotch, Gin and Tequila.
EX: 5-750ml Bottles Vodka, 4-750ml Bottles Rye, 5-750ml Bottles Rum, 2-750ml Bottles Gin, 1-750ml Bottle Tequila, 1-750ml Bottle Scotch
Notes: The amount and type of alcohol you will require depends on your guests. For example, if your guests are beer drinkers, you may want to allow for two beers per person and only one mixed spirit drink. Permit holders can return unopened spirit and wine bottles and sealed beer and cooler cases for a full refund at the location where originally purchased. Product packaging cannot be damaged and the original receipt is required.
Mix Purchase Calculations
A 2 liter of pop is 64 oz, which approx serves 8 – 8oz glasses. Most people will drink two mixed spirit drinks (1 ounce each).
_____# of guests X 2 drinks each = _____
EX: 150 guests X 2 drinks of spirits each = _300 drinks
A 2 liter of pop is 64 oz, which approx serves 8 – 8oz glasses
______# of drinks /8 glasses per 2 litre bottle of pop =________
EX: 300 drinks /8 glasses per 2 litre bottle of pop =_37.5 or 38 bottles of pop
– The most common types of pop to serve at a function are Coke, 7-Up, and Gingerale and to a lesser extent Diet Drinks, and Soda. If you plan on doing any type of cocktails, you will also need mix for this as well.
EX: 15 Bottles of Coke, 5 Bottles of Diet Coke, 8 Bottles of 7-UP, 2 Bottles of Diet 7-UP, 4 Bottles of Gingerale, 2 Bottles of Soda, 2 Bottles of Root Beer.
Other Mix Options/Garnishes:
-Based on 150 people
-4 Bottles of Clamato Juice for Caesars as well as spices.
-2 -4 litre Jugs of 1% Milk for Paralyzers.
-Garnishes – limes, lemons, cherries.
Disclaimer: This can only be used as a rough guideline for the amount you may need purchase for your event. Information included on this page may not be up to date. Please note you will need a permit to sell and/or distribute alcohol at your event. For full details concerning how much to purchase, legal details regarding your permit, and for up to date information please contact Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming.