Estimating Alcohol Quantities for Your Event: The Essential Guide

Estimating Alcohol Quantities for Your Event: The Essential Guide

When planning an event, one of the most common questions we encounter at Nora Spanish Catering is, “How many beverages should I order for my event?” It’s a crucial aspect of event planning that can significantly impact the overall guest experience. Whether you’re providing the alcohol yourself or taking advantage of our full alcohol and beverage catering services, we’re here to ensure your event’s beverage service is seamless. This guide will walk you through the considerations for creating a beverage list that delights your guests and keeps the celebration flowing.

Understanding Your Beverage Needs

Assessing Guest Count and Preferences

The foundation of a successful beverage plan starts with knowing your guest count and their preferences. Consider the demographics of your attendees; age, preferences, and the event’s time and season can influence beverage selection. A summer wedding might call for lighter, refreshing options like sangrias and spritzers, while a corporate gala in winter might lean towards bold wines and classic cocktails.

Providing Alcohol: Your Choices

At Nora Spanish Catering, we offer the flexibility you need for your event’s alcohol and beverage service. If your venue allows, you can supply the alcohol, and our expert bartenders will transform it into delightful drinks for your guests. This option can be a cost-effective way to personalize your event’s beverage selection further.

Using the BevMo Beverage Calculator

To simplify your planning process, we recommend using the BevMo Beverage Calculator ( This tool is invaluable within the industry for its accuracy in estimating the quantity of alcohol needed based on your guest count and event duration. By inputting your event details, you’ll gain insights into how much wine, beer, and spirits to provide, ensuring you’re well-stocked for the celebration.

Crafting Your Beverage List

When curating your beverage menu, variety is key. Offer a range of options to cater to different tastes:

  • Wine: Include a mix of red, white, and rosé wines to pair with your menu and suit various preferences.
  • Beer: Offer a selection of craft, domestic, and international beers.
  • Spirits and Cocktails: Consider featuring a signature cocktail or a selection of classic drinks alongside essential spirits like vodka, gin, rum, and whiskey.
  • Non-Alcoholic Options: Don’t forget about guests who prefer non-alcoholic choices. Sparkling water, sodas, and a special mocktail can make everyone feel included.

Special Touch: Include a Signature Sangria

Sangria is a festive choice that suits any celebration, offering a refreshing and customizable option. For a tried and true recipe, explore our guide to crafting the ultimate Sangria for your next event: The Ultimate Sangria Recipe. This recipe will not only quench your guests’ thirst but also add a vibrant, cultural element to your beverage selection.

Let Nora Spanish Catering Elevate Your Event

Our goal at Nora Spanish Catering is to ensure every aspect of your event is seamless, including the beverage service. Whether you opt for our full catering services or provide your own alcohol, our professional bartenders are here to deliver an exceptional experience.

From selecting the right quantities to choosing the perfect mix of beverages, we’re with you every step of the way. Remember, a well-planned beverage menu can transform a good event into a great one. Cheers to creating unforgettable moments!


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