Shaken not Stirred

November 14, 2016. Category: bar, caterering, cocktail hour, details, real wedding, trends, wedding planner

We are big fans of cocktail hour especially at weddings as it is a great way to kick off the celebration and add a few personalized touches.

From a grand custom built bar in a ballroom, a nod to southern hospitality with a bourbon bar, to signature cocktails matching the couples personalities, the possibilities are endless.

Here are a few of our favorite cocktail hour ideas that you may want to try at your next soirée.


Bourbon Bar  Photography: Abby Jiu

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Custom built bar  Photography: Abby Jiu

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Top 4 Signature Cocktails

June 23, 2015. Category: bar, catering, experience, weddings

We love when Brides and Grooms opt to create or serve a special cocktail at their wedding! Below are Aimee’s top 4 all time favorite signature cocktails.

1. Pretty in Pink

For a recent wedding, a bride and groom’s favorite local bartender created a signature drinks.

The bride’s drink was made with:

2 oz vodka (does not have to be premium; Absolut will work just as well as Ketel/Goose etc.)

1 oz St. Germain

3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 oz Raspberry Puree

The groom’s drink was made with:

1/4 lb fresh Raspberries

2 tblspn Fine Sugar

2 tblspn Water

2 tblspn Fresh Lemon Juice

Fine strain to remove seeds via tea/coffee filter

Garnished with fresh mint


Photography by: Abby Jiu 

2. Burnt Sugar Old Fashioned

Room 11 in Washington DC boasts this delicious drink as their own creation. Great for a fall occasion, this drink is made with bourbon, caramelized sugar, and aromatic bitters.

To prepare the Burnt Sugar Syrup:

Cook 1/3 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, without stirring, until it begins to turn golden brown around the edges. Stir to incorporate melted sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until melted and a deep amber color. Remove from heat and, stirring constantly, gradually add ⅓ cup water (caramel will seize). Cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until smooth, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a jar and chill.

This will be enough for 4 cocktails.

To assemble the drink: 

For each cocktail, combine 1½ oz. bourbon, ¾ oz. burnt sugar syrup, and a dash of Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic Bitters (or other aromatic bitters) in a rocks glass. Add a large ice cube and stir. Rub rim of glass with orange coin or twist before garnishing.

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Photo and recipe from Bon Appetit.

3. The Hayride 

Yet another delicious option for fall events comes from Occasions Catering and can best be described as an apple cider martini. To make this drink, combine Imported Pear Brandy and Kentucky Bourbon with homemade Spiced Cider. Shake with Ice, strain into a martini glass dusted with Cinnamon Sugar and garnish with a Pear Slice!

2 Ea Pear Brandy (0.5oz pp; 64 servings/liter)

2 Ea Bourbon (0.5oz pp; 64 servings/liter)

1 cup Cinnamon Sugar (1c/200)

1 Gal Mulled Cider (1oz pp; 1c/8)

25 Ea Pear (1ea/5; to be cut on site)

3 cup Lemon Juice (1tsp pp; 1c/50)


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Recipe from Occasions Caterers

4. Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail

Susan Gage Catering makes a great Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail.

In a small sauce pan over medium low heat, dissolve 2 cups of sugar into 2 cups of water for about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil or crystals will form. In a heat safe container, pour the warm sugar water mixture over the rosemary sprigs and let it steep for at least 1 hour. The rosemary simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 10 days.

Then, in tall glass filled with ice combine:

2 oz vodka

1/2 oz rosemary simple syrup

4 oz grapefruit juice

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and serve!


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Fall Cocktails

October 22, 2012. Category: bar
Now that fall is upon us, and the temperature continues to drop, we are finding that we need a cocktail that feels a bit more like Autumn.  Click on the fun recipes below!
Spiced Pear
With so many fun options, we’re not sure which to try first!
Fig Sidecar
Yummy. Make sure you can call a cab!
The Autumn Orchard

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It’s getting hot in here

June 28, 2012. Category: bar, details, inspiration
It’s gonna be CRAZY hot this weekend, so we thought we would share a few ways to be a the heat on your big day
I just love the popsicle in your specialty cocktail! Keeps your drink and you cool without watering down your libation.
Don’t forget your sunscreen! If you have an outdoor ceremony, these custom bottles would be a fab detail!
Above all, put your guest’s comfort first.  I’ve learned over the year’s that no matter how wonderful everything else is, if your guests are too hot, it is all they will remember.
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Feeling punchy?

January 24, 2011. Category: bar

I’m not sure how but, someone (probably Martha) says you must have something at your wedding and we all fall in line.  The specialty drink is great example.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a yummy cocktail, or two, but since everyone has them, the specialty drink just isn’t feeling so special anymore. 

For a new twist, how about serving a punch? You can create a beautiful display with the libation and it might even take the crush off your bar a bit. 

Two of our favorite recipes
Pomegranate Champagne Punch Recipe

yield: Makes 12 servings

Ingredients of Pomegranate Champagne Punch Recipe

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 750-ml bottles chilled brut Champagne
1 1/2 cups white rum
1 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
1 large lemon, thinly sliced
Pomegranate seeds
Fresh mint leaves
1 ice block

Bring 1/2 cup water and sugar to boil in small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes. Cool syrup completely.
Combine Champagne, rum, and pomegranate juice in punch bowl. Add enough syrup to sweeten to taste. Mix in lemon slices, pomegranate seeds, and mint leaves. Add ice block to bowl.

Baptist Punch
1 part cranberry juice
2 part orange juice
1 part pineapple juice
* Everclear

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