As the buzz about your wedding grows, you go to bed with visions of cocktails dancing through your head. In a city where cocktail culture offers seemingly endless pours, you want the tasting service at your reception to be a cut above the rest. Wondering how to get the kind of libation elation that will make your guests smile from the first cork to the final cut? Treat your partygoers to tailored sips and whimsical twists.
Customers will spend more time with a cocktail in hand than with a fork, so you need to elevate that experience to at least what’s served food-wise,” said Josh Rosenthal, owner of The Grand Bevy company, who built a 15-foot champagne tower. “Amazing conversations and touchpoints happen over cocktails and you want to add to that experience with something truly unique.”
To help encourage these meaningful moments, The Grand Bevy Corporation has created a cutting-edge concept called SIPMI Live that is sure to have people in TikTok download mode. In their most popular interactive experience, guests step into a repeating photo booth or backdrop, then, from behind the scenes, an edible hi-res image to sip will be transposed onto their drink.
“Anyone can make a cocktail,” said Rosenthal, whose client list ranges from the Kardashians to the New Orleans Saints. “This experience gives people that wow factor and adds to the present moment.”
To further engage guests, Emmeline Johnston, Concept Director for Bonfire + catering eventsoffers to embrace a seasonal aspect of the festivities through a personalized or signature drink.
“Unexpected garnishes add an element of surprise and whimsy to a cocktail,” said Johnston, who often adds a sprig of mint to a summer spritz or a flambé garnish to a fall libation. “The scent of a charred cinnamon stick or a sprig of rosemary instantly transports the senses and creates visual interest.”
In addition to fragrant herbs, Quinn Richard, owner of Cocktail + Creative, finds weaving flowers can enhance a cocktail and provide gorgeous texture and color. “Whether frozen in ice cubes or placed near the edge, flowers are a simple yet sophisticated addition that makes a visual statement,” said Richard, who suggests ideas like edible roses and marigolds, or a spritzer. with strawberry and hibiscus topped with an orchid. “Small thoughtful nuances are the best pitfalls.”
He also recommends an organized bar station featuring a large block of ice that a bartender can manipulate with a small ice pick in front of guests.
“It’s a very classy and photogenic moment,” said Richard, who notes that this particular scenario can be presented for a single cocktail station to prioritize budget and promote fluidity at the bar. “A place designated and set apart for it can make a big impression. It’s those cool, surprising moments that make hashtags happen at your wedding.