Originally Posted by thedeezy
Open bar, dude.
I know you're into booze Wookie, what is your bar going to look like?
For beer, my bro is currently brewing two batches of beer: a pale ale, and his "triple double," a Belgian-style tripel but with a darker malt. We might also get a quarter keg of either a Scotch ale, porter, IPA, or dark mild ale from a local microbrew.
Wine, we have two cases from, of all places, the Mario Andretti winery in Napa Valley, a sauvignon blanc and a dry rose'. We picked them up when after we toured the winery over Valentine's day weekend, and not only was the wine great, but they were having a big sale on it. We'll need a case of a red, and that's not quite set yet, but I'm leaning towards a case of Nugan Estate's Shiraz, a favorite inexpensive wine from the land of Oz. Oh, and we'll have Jaume Serra Cristalino Cava for the toast. At the head table, though, we're going to be drinking wine from our favorite Napa winery from that same weekend, Vincent Arroyo. We'll have their chardonnay, petite syrah, and zinfandel. And we'll have Pommery champagne.
Liquor isn't quite set yet, but it's the centerpiece. The plan is to feature two cocktails, a bride's cocktail and a groom's cocktail. They are not quite set yet, but we have some possibilities. Ideally, the bride's cocktail would be something white in color, that features a home made liqueur, and that the bride herself invented. That's not all that easy, as most of our liqueurs are colored, and the bride has no interest in making home made coconut rum ever again (it's a huge hassle). Also, the bride isn't as good as I am at mixology.
The drink that's definitely going to be served, whether it's as the groom's cocktail or if it's slid over to be the bride's cocktail and we bring up another one of mine, is something truly unique. It needs a name yet, but it's made from gin, lemon juice, and two home made liqueurs. The main one was known in the recipe we found just as "love liqueur." It's made from rose hips, dried hibiscus flowers, star anise, coriander seed, honey, high proof vodka, and brandy. There's nothing available commercially that's anywhere near similar, to my knowledge, but it's delicious. The second is a straight hibiscus liqueur, which is used primarily to give the drink a much deeper red color instead of a more pale red, but it also gives a bit more floral character (the wedding colors are red, black, and white). This actually ties into our favors, too, as we're giving everyone the ingredients and directions to make their own batch if they wish. And, for the people who don't drink, the ingredients also make a really tasty tea (we checked).
We might also feature a cocktail that uses our Millefiori spice liqueur, that uses, among other things, coriander seed, thyme, mint, and mace, maybe mixed with one of our berry liqueurs, brandy, and a dash of lemon juice.
Beyond those for liquor, I'm not totally sure. They'd certainly be enough, imo, but we could perhaps throw in a few more token mixers that might enable a few standard cocktails to be made. We'll be serving soft drinks, so we'll at least have Coke, e.g. But we're not going to feature the fullest of bars.