During the consultation process, catering clients often ask us for assistance in determining what alcoholic beverages to serve, estimates of quantities needed and how best to set up bar service. Some clients are adamant about serving white wine and clear liquors only so that the risk of damage and staining from spills is minimized. However, before deciding which beverages to serve, we advise all clients to consider the nature of the occasion and its timing, the general profile of the guest list and their drinking habits if the event is a social one; and the physical space in which the event is taking place.
recent trend, particularly for cocktail receptions, has been to offer a
“specialty” cocktail along with traditional wine, beer and soft drink
options. The advantage of this is many fold and one that we highly
endorse and encourage. This is a way to simplify the process of
stocking the bar, to control costs and still maintain a generous,
gracious and stylish ambiance. For us, a most important aspect of the
featured drink is the way it can launch a party as it is offered to
guests upon arrival. We find the having the drink pre-poured or
available in pitchers on the bar helps to ease those initial, sometimes
awkward social moments when guests are filtering in and have not had the
chance to mingle and zgreet one another.
deciding the drink to serve, our advice is to consider the season,
theme of the party, if any, and a choice that will appeal to a variety
of tastes. At a recent party we served a pomegranate Cosmopolitan, a
slight “twist” on the classic cranberry juice version.
for 10 drinks:
16 oz. citrus vodka
5 oz. Cointreau
5 oz. fresh lime juice
2 tbs. Agave syrup (one tbs. agave mixed with one tbs. warm water)
8 oz. pomegranate juice
Lemon twists for garnish
Mix all ingredients in a pitcher.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add approximately 3.5 oz. per drink. Shake well and strain into a martini glass.