Post # 1
Our families are not big drinkers and my mom is very worried about too much drinking happening at the wedding, so instead of hosting a full open bar, she would like us to limit the drinks to beer, wine, champagne, and 3 mixed drinks which we’ll serve in glass dispensers, a la:
So I need some help with ideas for crowd-friendly mixed drinks which aren’t TOO strong. I really love the idea of serving sangria – that’s pretty popular here – and maybe mojitos… but what other ideas do you have? The wedding will be in November, so if you have fall-inspired ideas, that’s a plus!
Post # 3
How about a spiced hard cider? http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/hot-apple-cider-with-rum-recipe/index.html This is a decent recipe that I’ve used before. It would definitly fit with it being in the fall. I’ve also seen a super cute idea where people hollowed out an apple and used it as the cup for cider.
Post # 4
@nikkialys: This is what I was going to suggest, as well. Nothing says “fall” like cider.
Post # 5
@nikkialys: +1 maybe even het in a crock pot? Not pretty as those dispensers but so delicious.
Also, I would just make sure the drinks are not self serve if you don’t want people getting too drunk or if children will be present. We had 2 of those dispensers but our caterer would not let us have self serve alcohol so we served iced tea and lemonade in them.
Post # 6
I love hard apple cider. Its the perfect fall drink, but I like it so much I drink it year round 😉
Post # 7
I love cider too!! I was planning on one of the beers being Hornsby’s Hard Cider or some other brand. I think the crock pot might be too complicated, but we’ll see how the weather is – if it’s cool outside then hot cider would be unquestionable 🙂
@nikkialys: Thanks for the recipe and glad to hear a positive review of it! We’ll have to try it out!
Would ya’ll rather drink “Christmas sangria” (http://www.yummymummykitchen.com/2011/12/quick-christmas-sangria.html) with white wine, sparkling cranberry juice, apple, and fresh cranberries, instead of traditional sangria at a November wedding?
Are mojitos/mint juleps too summery?
Post # 8
I clicked on this thread to suggest spiked apple cider, but since that’s already been suggested, what about something cranberry-based?
ETA We were posting at the same time. Cranberry sangria sounds yummy. I do think mint juleps and mojitos are a bit summery, but you could always do a flavored mojito like cranberry (I have a one-track mind, apparently) or grape.
Post # 9
What about a spiked coffee? I don’t know how well that works for pre-making in large quantities and it surely wouldn’t have the presentation of a beautiful fruity sangria, but spiked coffee is wonderful on a cool day!
Post # 10
@LittleRiver: Yes, I’m thinking a cranberry-based sangria!
@crystalrae: So true! We might need to make a game-day decision the week of the wedding based on the outside temperature… Texas weather is so unpredictable! Spiked hot coffee would be great on a cold day!