November 27, 2019

by Jocelyn J.

Are you craving something easy, yet satisfying, to make for your guests at your big social affair coming up? Imagine the perfect, crowd-pleasing drink: It has cooling mint and invigorating lemon flavors, ideal for a wedding or your annual company bash. This drink has the classic taste of Gin matched with a subtle, yet uplifting essence of fruit. Look no further, our event bartenders in DC have crafted the perfect crowd-pleasing cocktail that will leave everyone wanting more.

Inspired by the drink from South Beach, this refreshing mix of fresh mint, bubbly ginger beer and fruity elderflower syrup paired with dry Gin creates a mouthwatering sensation that you’ll definitely want at your next party. Our DC event bartenders have mastered this delectable mixed drink and are excited to share the recipe with you:

Ingredients

– 1 sprig fresh mint

– 1/2 ounce simple syrup

– 1 1/2 ounces gin

– 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur

– 1/2 ounce lemon juice

– Splash club soda

– Garnish: mint sprig

Directions:

1. Gather ingredients.

2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle all mint leaves except one sprig, together with simple syrup.

3. Add Gin, elderflower liqueur and lemon juice.

4. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.

5. Add a splash of club soda.

6. Garnish with remaining fresh mint sprig.

7. Serve up and enjoy!

Tips:

For Gin, our favorite is Bombay Dry Gin, although the recipe works with most types of premiun gin. As for the elderflower liqueur, we prefer St. Germain brand.

Regarding the lemon juice, fresh-squeezed is always best. The average lemon makes 1 3/4 ounces of juice, so you’ll plenty to make more than one drink.

When buying fresh mint, it’s best to store in a glass with the stems submerged in water. This will help keep the herb fresh in the refrigerator for longer.

 

If you enjoy this recipe, be sure to share it with your friends! To have the experts themselves make it for you, contact info@chesapeakebartenders.com to book our master mixologists for your next event in the greater DC area.

 

People often have a love hate relationship with tequila.  As one of the stronger tastes in regards to other liquors like vodka or rum, a love for tequila often means the one consuming it has a strong palate or spent a lot of time in the Sonoran Desert. While not everyone loves to drink tequila straight, as a shot or in a good old margarita, the classic Tequila Sunrise cocktail, an enticing mixture of tequila, grenadine and orange juice is generally a crowd pleaser. Why? The sweetness of the grenadine cuts the “bite” of the tequila.

Inspired by a signature drink tasting we were providing for a client, our bartending team decided to present a fun twist on the traditional Tequila Sunrise. Our creation did not disappoint. We affectionately named it the “Spiced Sueño” (translated as the Spiced Dream).

Ingredients:

  • Tequila (we used Jose Cuervo Gold, but you can use any tequila you prefer)
  • Grenadine
  • Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice
  • Clove-Infused Bitters
  • Fresh Bluberries

While it may sound like an odd combination of ingredients, don’t knock it until you try it.

Here are the steps to creating this delicious craft cocktail:

  1. Fill a glass with ice, and pour 1.5 oz of your favorite tequila over the ice.
  2. Next, add approximately 5 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice (we used pulp-free but it is up to you which type of juice you prefer).
  3. Now, add a dash of grenadine (we recommend a small splash of grenadine to start. You can always add more if it is not sweet enough after you taste test it).
  4. Top with 4 drops of clove-infused bitters.

 

Without mixing the drink, it will naturally layer, with the grenadine sinking to the bottom of the glass. However, you will want to pour the drink into a martini shaker, and shake vigorously a few times to ensure the cocktail is cold and mixed thoroughly. Next, pour the cocktail back into the serving glass. Garnish with fresh blueberries. Take a sip. If you want more sweetness, add a little bit of grenadine and shake the cocktail again, to mix thoroughly.

This grown up version of a Tequila Sunrise combines ingredients that compliment the taste of tequila, without being overly sweet. The clove-infused bitters, mellow the “bite” of the tequila and leave a lingering taste that is flavorful but not overpowering. Enjoy! Please let us know if you liked this cocktail in the comments below.

Learn more about our services or email us for information on signature drink creation and bartending services.

 

If you are hosting a special event or party, it is advisable to hire a legitimate bartending company that is certified to provide bartending services in your state. If you are hiring a bartender for a private event, be sure to hire a certified bartender. Why? Laws vary from state to state, but almost all states in the U.S. require bartenders to be certified in order to legally pour and serve alcohol. The certification courses ensure bartenders understand the alcohol serving and selling laws in their state, and more importantly, laws regarding liability for over-serving.

For example, Chesapeake Bartenders, which is a Maryland-based bartending company, requires all bartending staff be TIPS certified. According to the website,  a Maryland TIPS certification course entails the following:

“Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) is an alcohol management program approved by the state of Maryland. The state of Maryland requires that an alcohol licensee have someone associated with the license, i.e., owner, manager, bartender, have training in an acceptable alcohol management program. The purpose of the TIPS program is to teach servers of alcohol acceptable, and helpful, standards for responsible alcohol service. TIPS has a fee, based on “on premise” or “off premise” status.”

– source http://www.marylandfoodservice.org/tips-alcohol-training.html

 

Technically-speaking, a bartender does not have to be certified to provide Maryland bartending services for events and parties, but certification is definitely encouraged.

Do Bartenders For Hire Need To Be Certified In Delaware?

Our company also provides certified bartenders for hire in Delaware, as it is one of the many states that encourages certification to sell and serve alcohol. Chesapeake Bartenders frequently provides wedding bartenders in Dover,  Wilmington and throughout the state, and all venues we work with require active bartending certifications for weddings, parties, and special events.

Do Bartenders For Hire In Virginia Need To Be Certified?

Virginia is one of the states that does not require a bartender certification to serve and sell alcohol. Chesapeake Bartenders provides event bartending staff in Northern Virginia, and although there are no requirements for official certifications, our staff is TIPS certified in the neighboring state of Maryland, ensuring they understand their responsibilities as a professional bartender.

In sum, while it may not be a legal requirement to hire certified bartenders for a wedding, party or special event, be sure to look into requirements in your state. If you are looking for reputable bartending companies in Maryland, DC, Virginia or Delaware, the Chesapeake Bartending team is not only certified, but is committed to providing an unparalleled experience that goes beyond traditional bartending duties. Call or email us today to learn more about our services and how we can make your next party or event unforgettable!

Chesapeake Bartenders

1517 Ritchie Highway Ste L3

Arnold, MD

21012

(410) 575-4960

 

Chesapeake Bartenders All-Inclusive 2019 Holiday Party Package

Hosting a holiday event or party can be stressful and overwhelming. Whether you are planning a Christmas party, holiday event or end of year corporate event for your business, seeing to all the details and making sure your guests have a great experience is the key to success. Even if you are an experienced event planner, the list of to-do’s can seem daunting and overwhelming. We are here to help! Our Holiday Party Package is available throughout Maryland for hosts, hostesses, business owners and event planners looking for help with beverage catering, alcohol service and signature drinks.

Hire Our Team To Manage Bartending and Beverage Catering

Our team will take some of the stress out of planning a holiday party or event, as you can leave the bartending and beverage catering details to us! Our team of event planners, mixologists, TIPS certified bartenders, cocktail waitresses and bar backs will ensure all details pertaining to alcohol service, bartending, bar set up, bar clean up, etc. are unparalleled. We pride ourselves on ensuring the hosts, hostesses and guests have nothing short of an amazing experience.

Signature Holiday Party Event Package ~ $475

This package is designed for those hosting holiday parties and want to delight and dazzle guests. From specialty holiday cocktails and “smoking drinks” to unique, festive garnishes and unparalleled service, our Signature Holiday Event Package takes the guesswork out of your event bartending needs.

This package is best for parties and events with up to 100 guests and includes the following:
  • 2 Top Tier, TIPS-Certified Chesapeake Bartenders for 3 hours
  • $20 credit towards special garnishes or add-ons
  • Smokey Drinks ($75 value) – dry ice added to drinks for a “smokey” and festive presentation
  • Choose one signature drink from our holiday drink menu
  • Appropriate tools for serving beer, wine, and liquor (wine keys, beer openers, etc.)
  • Pour spouts for liquor bottles
  • Large coolers for ice and cold storage + ice scoopers
  • Black-clothed tables to serve as “the bar”
  • Wine chilling buckets for presentation/chilling
  • Fruit/Garnish trays  (does not include fruit)
  • Pitchers for specialty cocktails

Signature Festive Cocktails

What would a holiday party be without fun, festive cocktails? These signature drinks have been custom created by our team of mixologists for the 2019 holiday season.


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