Party Planning

Let the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets help you plan and pull off a truly memorable occasion, whether you're hosting a wine tasting, cocktail party or martini night.

For starters, you only need a few basic bartending items to look like a professional (items may vary depending on what you plan to serve): bottle opener, corkscrew, cocktail shaker, bar strainer, 1-1/2 ounce jigger, ice bucket, ice tongs, stirrers, coasters and napkins. Having the right glasses available is important, but you don't need a special glass for each drink. Two basic shapes are adaptable for most drinks: on-the-rocks (with or without a stem) and basic wine glasses.

When planning a party, deciding how much wine or spirits to buy can be a daunting task. Follow this simple formula to ensure a successful party. First, determine the number of guests that will be attending. Next, take the number and multiply by the number of hours you think the party will last. This will give you the number of servings you'll need. Then, use the following chart to determine approximately how many bottles of liquor and wine you'll need.

Drinks per bottles and bottle size

Spirits (based on 1.5 oz. Spirits serving per drink)

Bottles 1 2 4 6 8 10
750 mL 16 33 67 101 135 169
1 Liter 22 45 90 135 180 225
1.75 Liter 39 78 157 236 315 394


Wine and Champagne (based on 5 oz. Wine serving per glass)

Bottles 1 2 4 6 8 10
750 mL 5 10 20 30 40 50
1 Liter 6 13 27 40 54 67
1.5 Liter 10 20 40 60 81 101
3 Liter 20 40 80 121 161 202
4 Liter 27 54 108 162 216 270


For example, a party of 20 people lasting 3 hours would require about 60 servings. For a wine tasting, a minimum of six 1.5 liter bottles would be recommended for this gathering. For spirits, about four 750 mL bottles would be recommended.

For more information specific to hosting a wine tasting, click here.

Of course, our helpful staff can assist you with your party planning needs at any of our outlet store locations. And as always, look to our recipe page for great new drink ideas seasonally.

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