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I'm expecting about 25 people to attend a fund raising party. Another thread convinced me to serve mojitos and white sangria along with a non-alcoholic punch. How many drinks should I expect to serve through the 2 hour party?

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  1. The general rule of thumb is 2 alcoholic beverages per guest for the first hour and one per hour thereafter, so count on 75 drinks plus the non-alcoholic punch.

    1. Mojitos for a cocktail party? Please tell me you have someone else making them for you. They're quite labor intensive, and mojitos made from pre-made mix are just no good. I would go with just the white sangria and non-alcoholic punch. There's a reason that the only things you ever see served at art gallery openings are white wine and bottled water ;)

      Alan's rule is mostly true, except for one thing: Guests are hardly ever there for the entire party. People show up fashionably late during the first hour, and people start filtering out during the last hour. The rule that I learned is that during a three-hour party (which I have found to be ideal for a cocktail party), figure two drinks per guest. Each bottle of wine is 4 drinks, so get a case of wine plus one bottle. Remember it's sangría, you're *supposed* to use the cheap plonk; Trader Joe's Charles Shaw or the Target Wine Cubes will work perfectly well. Four big Wine Cubes will give you enough sangría to serve 32 guests.

      Oh, other good numbers to know: Get 1/2 pound of ice per person. If you're serving hors d'oeuvres, figure ten bites per person. It's OK to run out of food in the third hour of the party; it just means that you had a really good party.

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      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        I've been to large parties where mojitos are served. They can be made the same way as sangria-hours before the party in large large jugs. Just don't add ice to the jugs while making them-muddle a bunch of sugar, limes and mint, add a few bottles of rum, and fill with soda water. Make sure it is stirred well, and ladle it in cups with ice.

        1. re: schrutefarms

          For a slightly fresher taste you could even keep the soda and the mojito mix separate until the last second.

          I like JK's system, but I always have a box of wine at home, just in case there's nothing else to drink. They pretty much never go bad, and you're covered if you invite over a bunch of lushes.