Post # 1
We are providing our own alcohol. We’re doing beer & wine plus a signature drink. I’m trying to pick between WHITE Sangria or Mojitos. Whatever we go with will be made in advance in 5 gallon buckets with a snap lid (lowes). I’ve made sangria that way countless times. Will it work with Mojitos?
We’ll be serving it in a large jar with a spigot. Hint* put a layer of marbles to at least above the spigot if you are serving a fruity drink. It keeps the spigot from getting clogged with fruit.
I thought I would start with the logistics to help make some decisions. No point on getting my heart set on something that won’t work.
Any suggestions? FI only cares about the beer…
Post # 3
Since sangria is so similar toÂ wine, I would go for the mojitos.Â That way you have a bigger variety.Â As far making the mojitos… I’m sorry but I’m no help.Â I love to drink ’em but I’ve never actually made them myself!Â Good Luck!
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland
I would go with mojitos, for the reason that alibride mentioned.
I can’t say about making a large batch of mojitos, but I have hosted parties that involved large batches of whisky and rum sours- and it works just fine. The thing is, though, is that those are drinks that are already more like a punch.
My only thought would be that with mojitos, you wouldn’t really be able to do the muddle action very well- and part of what makes them so good is muddling the lime juice, sugar and mint in the glass.
Post # 5
I was thinking the same thing. I wonder if it would work if I made a mint simple syrup. I wanted to put sugar cane sticks/muddlers next to a bowl of lime wedges and mint.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA
I would go for sangria, but mostly because I don’t like mint!
Post # 7
Also, don’t forget the club soda ia added at the last minute, so you wouldn’t want that to be flat.
Could you do a "Build Your Own" mojito bar instead, with the instructions on a placard next to the ingredients? You could cover the bottles with pretty paper and have a big bowl of fresh mint. I would do simple syrup for the sugar instead of crystals, to make the muddling easier. If you are worried about people taking too much rum at once, you could always top the bottle with a measured pourer (available at restuarant supply store and on the web).
Post # 8
I am going off personal preference here, but I like Sangrias. I have always found mojitos frustrating to drink; I hate getting chunks of mint stuck up my straw. Sangrias are refreshing and yummy!
Post # 9
i also personally prefer sangria, but i LOVE beanchar’s idea of a mojito bar! we’re doing the same thing with a prosecco bar (providing juices and garnish to mix in).
Post # 10
*mojitos * mojitos * mojitos *
Post # 11
I would definitely go with white sangria in lieu of mojitos. As dahlia said, it’s hard to capture to taste of a mojito if they’re made in a large batch. Also, I wonder how the mint leaves would keep? Sangria gets tastier the longer it sits mixed with the fruit and is much easier to make in such a large quantity. However, both drinks are wonderful and I’m sure your guests will love whichever one you choose!
Post # 12
You could do a different type of sangria – there are TONS of recipes out there. Not everyone likes mojitos – they can be strong tasting, at least sangria is more like fruit punch. Check out some sangria recipes before you decide. I think you seriously need to think about a taste test – we’ll all come and help you decide.
Post # 13
I would also go with the sangria. I’m not a huge fan of mojitos for the same reason as Shelbystar, I don’t like the chunks of mint. Sangria is my summertime drink of choice.
Post # 14
sangria might be cheaper….. I went to an x-mas party where they made a champange punch/sangria using…
a bottle of white, a bottle of champange (it can be cheap b/c its a punch), a 2 L bottle of ginger ale and lots of sliced lemons, limes and oranges
it was sooooo good and VERY affordable. They used the exact same container as you too, they ran out in an hour!
I LOVE mojitos but I can’t see the mint staying fresh over a few hours in buckets… :e(
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2007 - Bride's family summer home in the Adirondacks
We had mojitos and they were a huge hit!
But…I should warn you – I asked the caterers if they could just make a big vat of mojitos and they contemplated it for a while (since we were purchasing the alcohol through them but it was a self-serve bar with no bartenders) and they ended up just agreeing to man the bar for no additional cost because they couldn’t come up with a way to have mojitos taste right if they were pre-made in bulk. But I think a make your own mojito bar would be awesome!!
Post # 16
Oh I love love LOVE mojitos but to be honest I think sangria will work better to make in batches. Plus it’s super yummy and a crowd pleaser. This is based on absolutely nothing but my own unresearched opinion, but I would guess that more people like sangria than mojitos.
You could also consider having TWO glass jars and serving both, if you can’t decide 😉