Post # 1
I am having a destination wedding, but we will be having a party in my home town about a month after the wedding. It’s not too formal, but a fun, beachy theme. Definitely not a stuffy reception, just a chance for our extended family and friends who aren’t making it to the wedding to celebrate our marriage as well.
I’ll get to the point. We aren’t having servers, and we are doing much of the catering ourselves. We are having wine, beer, and one signature drink. I’ve debated much about the signature drink, and how it should be served. I thought Sex on the Beach would be cute, since it’s a beach wedding, or Cosmopolitans, because I love them, and they would be cute with my coral color theme.
I was thinking about buying a large lemonade dispenser, possibly two depending on the size, similar to this.
I would of course have it labeled, and have cute little parasols, marchiano cherries, or orange slices to add to your drink. I’m just concerned that the mixed drinks would settle after being out for awhile. Do you guys know if they would, or if there are mixed drinks that wouldn’t? What does everyone think of this idea?
Post # 3
@leigh08: I think it’s a cute idea! We did something similar for a friends shower but used those large jars with a ladle; I don’t remember the drink settling and it had 2 or 3 things mixed in it. I think my only concern would be any drinks with any fruit juice that may have fruit particles in it, those will settle. You should probably be ok with the cosmos though.
Post # 4
Yeah, that’s why I thought it would be better to have the orange slices to the side. This was the cutest way I could come up with to serve a mixed drink without someone being behind the bar mixing drinks all night. I guess we could just mix it several times throughout the evening to make sure it didn’t settle. I know I’ve had mixed drinks before, and maybe it was just in my head, but it seemed like the alcohol could settle to the bottom, and last few drinks were way stronger than the first few. Could have been my imagination though. I just don’t want the last half of the cocktails to be nothing but juice.
Post # 5
I love Sangria’s and I’m doing a Sangria bar for my cocktail hour. I found these dispensers at Bed Bath and Beyond that has a section that actually holds the fruit in place in addition to a place that holds the ice. Then I’m going to have the same fruits on the table so people can add them to their drinks. I’m actually having a lot of those dispensers at my cocktail hour with lemonaide and punch so the nondrinkers don’t have to wait in the bar line for juice.
From an experienced bartender I can tell you that over time the juices will settle so I would say a Cosmo would be the better choice for that reason of the two.
I tried to find a picture of the dispenser but I couldn’t. Sam’s Club carries the regular one that holds the ice not sure if they have the one that holds the fruit as well.