Post # 1
Ok I’m so confused! Well a little. Our caterer is allowing us to bring our own alcohol. We’ve thought of doing signature cocktails to make it easy, but my concern is, with about 175 guests probably 130 of those will drink, how can we make it easy for the bartenders serving the cocktails?
I’ve seen pictures of the signature cocktails already pre-made and and passed around, and I’ve also seen a menu of the cocktails and guests can just order what they want from there. Is that accurate? Add to my confusion is I don’t even know what to serve! I want something simple, no martinis and cocktails that will require fancy glasses and also not much mixing.
With my confused self, I was thinking of just buying basic bar ingredients and folks just order whatever the bartender can whip up. Anyone want to englighten me, how can this make it easy for us? Thanks
Post # 3
I’m having wine, beer and a signature drink. Our signature drink is going to be a mojito because you only need one type of alcohol (rum) and the ingredients are pretty simple. It should be pretty easy for the bartenders. They could make some and pass them, or they could wait for people to come to the bar for them like they would if they were getting any other type of drink. Does that make sense?
Post # 4
We’re having wine, beer, and soft drinks and also 2 siggie cocktails: the non-alcoholic (but will offer a liqour sidecar if wanted) Arnold Palmer, and a Bushwacker (we’re getting married in the middle of the national Bushwacker Festival in Pensacola). Most yummy frozen drink on the planet is the bushwacker!
So we’re doing a combo of both open bar and having 2 signature drinks.
Post # 5
If it’s a professional bartender that’s had some experience (which hopefully they are!), they should have problem whipping up whatever you want them to.
I kinda like the idea of having a signature cocktail menu with 2 drinks to choose from. Choose 2 different liquors and you and your FI could both choose one. This just gives guests a little more of a choice and it’s still cost effective.
I would suggest getting together with one of the bartenders to come up with some ideas or make a special trip to a bar on a slow night and get some friends and try some drinks out. A nice bartender should have no problem helping you. You could try looking through wedding magazines or searching online and if you find one you like, write it down, and just inform your bartender so he has an idea. From there, you can come up with your own names if you want to make it more personal.
Hope this helps some!
Post # 6
@bellenga: Oooh I LOVE Arnold Palmers. Those are the BEST!!
Post # 7
We did beer, wine, and three signature cocktails. Made it very very easy. We also had soda on hand if someone really wanted a vodka+sprite or something like that. But you had to request it.
Post # 8
We are doing signature drinks AND a pretty full bar.
We wanted to have fun drinks with fun names & colors, so hence the signature drinks, but there will be plenty for people to drink otherwise if they don’t want those drniks.
I am going to make a “recipe” for the bartenders so that the drinks are made easily when requested. If they want to make a big batch of the signature shot & keep that in the fridge, that would be okay with me too!
Post # 9
I’m sure it depends on the venue, but how cost effective is a signature drink as opposed to open bar? Does it make a huge difference?
Post # 10
I am guessing that one or two signature cocktails will be a lot less expensive than an open bar. That way you can just buy in bulk the liquor and mixers that you need for those drinks rather than buying all different kinds of liquor and mixers, because then you would have to try and buy enough to satisfy everyone’s tastes. People will just be happy for the open bar (even if it is wine, beer, and sig. drink).
We are doing it in a restaurant. We are having free beer, wine, and signature drink. However, if someone really wants their liquor drink they can purchase it. Since it is at a restuarant the full bar will be available we just aren’t going to pay for it.