Wedding Drinks

To Have an Open Bar or Cash Bar For Your Wedding

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 | Filed under: Wedding Drinks, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    

Open vs Cash BarIts time to raise a glass to bride and groom’s happiness! But wait, how are the guests going to end up with that drink? This is one of the many questions that lead to the inevitable discussion between you and your betrothed: open bar or cash bar? While your guests will love the open bar, you will likely be looking for a place to make budget cuts, and that’s where the cash bar comes in. Read on further for the merits of both a cash bar and an open bar, so you can decide which is right for your wedding.
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Best-Of Wedding Cocktail Party Tips

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 | Filed under: Best Of, Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Drinks, wedding menu | author: By Iwan Stoev,    

Best-Of Wedding Cocktail Party TipsMany wedding guests look forward to the wedding cocktail party most, given the wide range of fabulous catering options in those spectacular stations and buffet dishes, as well as the many passed hors d’oeuvres that circulate around the party space, thrilling guests with the delectable menu options and gorgeous food presentation. Add in signature drinks and top-shelf drink at the bar, and guests are ready for enjoying and mingling in this relaxed pre-reception portion of your wedding celebration. At our weddings, we take great pleasure in helping our NJ wedding couples select each option of their cocktail party menus, and pairing many dishes with the perfect drink options. There has been a return to indulging wedding guests, giving them a great variety of menu choices so that everyone in attendance can enjoy the entirety of the cuisine offerings. We know that wedding guests often have special dietary restrictions and preferences, so our chefs work endlessly to develop menu options to suit all dietary needs.

To help you plan your standout cocktail party, we offer some of our top-viewed, Best-Of blog posts all about the cocktail party details:
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Top Cocktail Trends For 2018

Thursday, January 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Dinner, Wedding Drinks | author: By Keith Sly,    

CocktailsWhether celebrating a business deal, toasting to a milestone or romancing your loved one, there is a signature cocktail for every occasion. Each year, mixologists and bartenders concoct new delicious beverages as well as add their own twist to old standbys. From trends in skinny cocktails, muddled flavor infused to frozen cocktails, sit down and pour yourself a glass, as the event planners at The Manor share the top cocktail trends for 2018.

The Skinny On Low-Calorie Cocktails

Shaken? Stirred? Cocktail trends for 2018 feature virtually every signature cocktail without having to drink away countless calories. During those chilly winter nights ditch the traditional apple cider and switch to a spiked beverage. The Skinny Cinnamon Apple Champagne Martini is a perfect seasonal, low-calorie option combining champagne, apple vodka, and cinnamon whiskey. These drinks are not particularly sweet, which allow you to add a dash of simple syrup made with Sweet n’ Low. For additional sweetness, muddle apple slices to add to your glass.

Instead of the go-to vodka and tonic, opt for a more flavorful Skinny Strawberry Mojito made with fresh muddled mint and sweet cut strawberries, Stevia, light rum, and club soda, garnish this cocktail with a lime. This is a delicious and refreshing drink perfect for the upcoming summer season.

Light liquor options can also mean limiting the amount of alcohol in a beverage. To cut calories, it is important to use caution as the following liquors are calorie kings filled with sugar: Schnapps’, Triple Sec, Crème De Menthe, Bacardi 151, Wild Turkey, bourbons, whiskey, Cognac, Champagne, Gin, Vodka, pale ale beers, lager beers. A general rule of thumb is that hard liquors tend to contain more calories, approximately 80-97 calories per shot, more so than wine or beer, which can range greatly.

Coffee Infused Cocktails

Food manufacturers infuse coffee in almost everything from energy drinks to ice cream. Bar and spirits experts predict that coffee flavored adult beverages will gain popularity in 2018. Espresso martinis are a tasty coffee-flavored cocktail that will never go out of style. To create the perfect coffee martini, shake coffee beans, coffee-infused vodka, Kahlua, espresso, and ice together in a shaker.

For a fancy delicacy on your palette try a Brazilian national cocktail called “The Caipirinha”. A classic Caipirinha features a spirit called Cachaça, which is a rum-like spirit made from fermented sugar cane juice and infuses fresh coffee beans for 24-hours to achieve the best taste.

Coffee drinkers do not have to rely on the bartender to enjoy a sweet beverage. Consider adding a dash or shot of the following cordials to your coffee cups: Café Patron, Frangelico, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Amaretto, Butterscotch Schnapps’ and Grand Marnier. But perhaps the best way to mix in liquor is to add a frothy foam, whipped cream, half and half, drizzle butterscotch, caramel or a drop of vanilla essence.

Infusing Wine Into Frozen Cocktails

The 2017 trend of the blended “Frosé” a frozen rose, swept bars and beach bars across America this past summer. Experts believe this adult slushy will be a staple to quench thirsts for summer 2018. To make your own Frosé, select a dark bodied rose to freeze in a pan. Keep in mind the color will fade and it will become diluted once frozen. Next, boil ½ a cup of sugar with 8 ounces of strawberries before covering and putting aside to chill.  Mix in 2.5 ounces of lemon juice and add 1cup ice into a blender with the frozen rose, sugar/strawberry mixture, puree and enjoy. Similarly, fruity frozen cocktails like strawberry and lime daiquiris and Margaritas will impress and refresh this coming year.

Creating Unique Pairings with Hard Liquor

A top trend for 2018 includes creating a multi-sensory experience in food and alcoholic beverages. While it is common to pair wine with artisan cheeses, new spirit trends will begin pairing Tequila with oysters, Gin with a prawn cocktail, Whisky with beef, Rum with pork, and Vodka with caviar. Pairing specific hard liquor cocktails with signature foods or even cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres to create an over the top and memorable dining experience.

Choosing Your Perfect Cocktail

The event planners at The Manor are sure to think of every last detail for your upcoming event including a specialty his and her cocktails for your wedding, wedding cocktail party tips, a company cocktail for a business lunch, or a Mom-mosa for a baby shower. Consider any of these 2018 cocktail trends when our dining or when bartending a party in your home. Cheers!

How To Have The Best New Year’s Eve Wedding

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, Holiday Party, New Year's Eve weddings, Wedding Drinks, Wedding Invitations, wedding themes, winter weddings | author: By Keith Sly,    

NYE WeddingThere’s no bigger, bolder and glitterier time of the year to gather together with friends, family and a significant other to celebrate than at New Year’s Eve.  With everyone already in the celebratory spirit of ringing in the new year, December 31st is the ideal time to chime in on the exuberant energy and choose this day to be get married. Still not convinced? Most people assume that a New Years wedding would be more expensive since it’s a holiday; but it’s a holiday in winter, which is still considered “off-season” for weddings.

The Manor has taken the most brilliant New Year’s Eve Wedding ideas, polished them all up until they sparkled and now we happily get to share with our readers how to have the best New Year’s Eve Wedding.
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Wedding Trends 2016: Wedding Drinks

Monday, July 27th, 2015 | Filed under: Wedding Drinks, wedding receptions, Wedding Trends 2016 | author: By Keith Sly,    

Wedding DrinksLeave the neon drinks to the bars in Hoboken. A top wedding drink trend for 2016 is naturally-hued drinks like the browns and tans of a fine bourbon or a great microbrew beer, plus neutral-colored cocktails that delight the senses. Wedding signature drinks won’t always be a bright color, although spring and summer wedding drink trends will often feature a vibrantly-hued cocktail in addition to a groom’s bourbon or Scotch bar.

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Wedding Budget Tips: Your Wedding Drinks

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 | Filed under: Cost Savings Ideas, Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Drinks | author: By Keith Sly,    

Your Wedding DrinksThankfully, we’re long past the days of questionable if not completely unrealistic wedding budget tips for drinks. In years past, wedding couples were told to offer just two or three types of cocktails, close their bar an hour before the end of the reception, and even offer ‘drink tickets’ that wedding guests would hand to the bartender to get each of their two allotted drinks. Read more…

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