Champagne is the universal celebratory drink. It’s served at weddings, retirements, and New Year’s Eve to celebrate the occasion with bubbles. It’s likely, if you’re preparing to serve Champagne at your upcoming celebration, that you’ll be wondering how many glasses of Champagne in a bottle?
People often find it challenging to decide how many bottles of Champagne they need to buy when planning a party or celebration. The most typical answer to this question is that a bottle of Champagne holds five glasses of 150ml each, though it can be a bit more complicated than that.
How much Champagne is poured into a glass varies greatly, from the size of the glass you’re using to how heavy handed you are with the pour. Read on to find out all the information you will need to make a purchasing decision.
For more party planning, read our guide to how many glasses are in a bottle of wine.
How Much Champagne Is In a Bottle?
Let’s start out by discussing typical bottle sizes. There are many different sized Champagne bottles you can purchase.
A standard bottle of champagne holds 750 ml of liquid. That’s 25.36 ounces. That’s also equivalent to about 3.17 cups.
The next most popular size is a magnum, which holds 2 standard bottles, or 1.5L. Other sizes are available, but it’s highly unusual and quite expensive to buy larger bottles of Champagne.
What is a Standard Pour of Champagne?
A standard pour of Champagne in the hospitality industry is 150ml or 5 ounces. So there are exactly 5 glasses in a standard Champagne bottle. There are 10 glasses in a Magnum.
However, there is some variance to the standard pour. Some people will say a standard pour of Champagne is 125ml, which will give you 6 glasses per bottle, however would be considered a “stingy” pour by most, so it’s more accurate to go with 150ml.
For a toast, the amount of Champagne poured should be quite a bit smaller. That’s because it’s only being used for a toast, not for the sheer enjoyment of drinking. Some people won’t drink the full pour. Thus it would be wasteful to pour more than 100ml each for a toast.
Does Glass Shape Make A Difference?
It does! The number of glasses greatly depends on the size and type of glass you are using to serve the champagne.
Most people use a flute glass when serving champagne. It’s a tall skinny glass that holds between 6 – 9 ounces of liquid total, which is a pretty big difference when it comes to how small or large a pour of Champagne looks in the glass.
This discrepancy most often leads to overfilling the glass, rather than underfilling it.
Alternatively, Champagne is also frequently served in a coupe glass, which is wider and flatter. This classic shape doesn’t hold as much champagne and can’t be filled as full as a flute, since it’s easier to spill.
A typical coupe glass holds between 6-8 ounces of liquid total and it’s more likely to pour 5 ounces every time.
How Full to Fill a Champagne Glass
Now that we’ve talked about the types of Champagne glasses, it’s worth it to consider how full each of these glasses looks when you pour in the typical 5 ounce pour.
In a Champagne flute, 5 ounces fills just about half way up. For some, that looks like a stingy pour.
Some like to serve half-filled glass while others serve 3/4 of a glass. You will need 7 ounces to fill the glass 3/4 full.
And with some glasses, you will need 8 ounces to fill the glass full. With these heavier pours, you will get only 3-3.5 glasses per bottle.
Pro Tips for Maximizing Champagne Pours
If you’re faced with estimating the number of glasses per champagne bottle for a party or celebration, there are a few ways you can be sure of your numbers.
- Choose your glass first.
- Using a coupe glass prevents overfilling.
- Have someone fill the glasses for a toast rather than allowing guests to pour, so they are filled to the expected level.
- If your guests are heavy drinkers, plan for a 7 ounce pour rather than 5 ounce.
- If your guests are heavy drinkers, plan for 3 glasses per person.
Also, always keep a few extra glasses in your estimation. Some guests love Champagne more than others, so there might be a lot of refills.
Champagne is delicious and makes events memorable. However, understanding the number of glasses you can get from a single bottle and estimating the budget for it can be a little tricky. The above-mentioned simple details can help you make the right decision.
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