There is always room for a personal touch in any special event. I like to invoke a personal touch with signature drinks. Some of you who had the pleasure of attending one of my parties know my passion for the art of mixology.
It is said that a mixologist is merely a fancy name for a bartender. Some say a mixologist practices mixology whilst a bartender tends the bar. I don’t think we need to get into the technicality of the two occupations. Mixology is about invention. If a bartender invents drinks, then he practices mixology.
I first developed interest in this art when I tasted a ‘Passionfruit Kir Royale’ at a Cuban Bar in Liverpool, England in 2007. What a clever blend of passionfruit puree, blackcurrant liqueur and champagne! Sweet and sour, rolling in my tongue. A match made in heaven! I’ve had cocktails before but none which demanded my full attention like this.
Every time I host a party I insist on serving a signature drink. It allows me to experiment with new ingredients, but more importantly it gives people something to talk about. It is culinary art to an extent. An invitation to taste. Every signature drink has its own story. For eg. Valentine’s Day cocktails are often created using strawberries or cherries for its sweet qualities.
When it comes to mixing drinks, always try new things. Many of my friends and clients tell me that their guests would prefer drinks they are used to as opposed to a signature drink. Yes, sadly when it comes to drinks most people are likely to select a drink they are used to like a Gin & Tonic.
If your guests are this sort, then try serving comfort with a twist. For a signature drink idea for an event, we served Pink Gins which is a pink twist to the good ole’ Gin and Tonic which complimented the colours associated with the events theme – pink and white.
When planning a wedding or special event consider incorporating a signature drink or hire a mixologist to do that for you! It will give your event a personal touch – a story to tell!