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Have you ever thought about becoming TIPS Certified? If so, you’re in luck! Chesapeake Bartenders is hosting a TIPS Certification training in Stevensville this July. Just a short drive from Annapolis, this 3-hour workshop will take place at Venue 1631, located at 109 Market Court in downtown Stevensville, on July 11th, 2022 from 6-9pm. The cost is just $47 per person and comes with a 4-year certification. Not only is being TIPS Certified necessary for professional bartending, it’s also useful for servers, cashiers, liquor license holders and anyone else who sells alcohol. Spaces are limited, so email courtney@chesapeakebartenders.com to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you there!

Everyone knows that weddings can be expensive, and catering costs are no small part. While planning your big day, you’ve probably scoured the internet looking for tips and tricks on how to save money on catering costs at your wedding. Luckily, Courtney Smith, owner of Chesapeake Bartenders, sat down with GOBankingRates to discuss 10 of the best kept secrets on how to trim bar costs for your big day.

 

  1. Call the liquor store ahead of time and ask about sale items.
  2. Opt for rail liquor instead of name brand.
  3. Purchase cans of beer instead of glass bottles.
  4. Choose boxed wine, as it will be served in glasses anyway.
  5. Sangria is not only one of the more aesthetically pleasing cocktails, it’s also budget-friendly.
  6. Purchase two liter bottles for mixers and cocktails.
  7. Offer mocktails as an alternative to cocktails.
  8. Select filtered water instead of bottled water.
  9. Ask the liquor store if you can return any unopened bottles for a refund.
  10. Skip glassware rentals and go with 20oz plastic cups instead.

Do you want to learn more about how to cut costs on your big day? Read the full article on GoBankingRates‘ website on How To Save on Catering Costs at Your Wedding.

 

Are you interested in hiring Chesapeake Bartenders for your big day? Check out our wedding bartending services and request your free quote today.



How To Make An Old Fashioned With or Without All The Fancy Ingredients

If you are stuck at home and want something other than a beer or glass of wine, read on! Here’s a classic cocktail recipe that is easier to make than you think. The Old Fashioned. A crowd-pleaser and favorite of generations of whiskey-lovers. Here is the easy, no-fuss recipe so you can enjoy a yummy libation while stuck at home.

You can make an “Almost Old Fashioned” with these 4 ingredients:

  1. Whiskey/Bourbon
  2. Maple Syrup or Simple Syrup
  3. Oranges or Orange Juice
  4. Ice

Full list of ingredients for the classic Old Fashioned:

  • Whiskey/bourbon
  • Orange, mandarin, clementine or orange juice (lemon can be substituted for oranges)
  • Marashino cherries (if you don’t have these, you can use blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc. If they are frozen, just pop them into microwave to thaw them out)
  • Sugar + Water OR maple syrup OR agave nectar
  • Bitters (not everyone has this at home, but don’t worry if you don’t)
  • Ice
  • Spoon or muddler

*If you don’t have all of these ingredients, don’t fret! You can still get close to the classic recipe with a little creativity.

Follow These Simple Steps To Make Your Old Fashioned:

1. Mix boiling water & a heaping spoonful of sugar. Stir. Don’t have sugar? Maple syrup or agave nectar work well.

2. If you have an orange, peel + put a few slices in the bottom of your glass. If not, add 2 oz. orange juice. No OJ? Substitute fresh lemon. Take a spoon + smash the orange (or lemon) gently to squeeze the juice out. If you have cherries, add 2 & do the same. Don’t have cherries? Substitute any kind of berry. Cherries/berries are not necessary but if you have them, use them – they make this drink yummy.

3. Add 1 TBSP of the sugar water (aka simple syrup) you made to the muddled fruit. If you are subbing maple syrup or agave nectar, add this on top of fruit.

4. Stir and Add ice cubes.

5. Add 2 oz. whiskey/bourbon

6. If you have bitters, add a few drops. If you don’t, don’t worry. It will still be delicious.

7. Stir slightly.

8. Sip, relax and enjoy your homemade Old Fashioned!

 

Be sure to read other blog posts with creative drink recipes. Chesapeake Bartenders is proud to be the go-to event bartending company for weddings, events and private parties in Maryland, DC, Virginia and Delaware. For more information, please contact us

 

Wedding planning can be daunting, and when it comes to finding and hiring wedding bartenders, it’s no different. The reception is one of the biggest wedding expenses, and keeping guests and the bridal party happy with beer, wine and drinks is usually high on the priority list. Finding the right bartender for your wedding depends on many factors like – the size of your wedding, state liquor laws, your budget and the wedding theme. Generally speaking, there are some pretty standard guidelines for hiring wedding bartenders.

This article is written by Courtney Smith, Co-Owner and Founder of Chesapeake Bartenders, based in Maryland. 

What kind of bar service do you want at your wedding?

Talk to your significant other about what kind of alcohol service they envision. Do you both love craft beer? Do you have a favorite shot? Does the groom love Skrewball whiskey because it reminds him of you? Will there be signature wedding drinks? An ongoing trend we are seeing is the beer and wine only bar, with His and Hers drinks.

Does your wedding venue allow outside vendors, caterers and bartenders?

While this may seem obvious, I cannot tell you how many times people request a wedding bartending quote from our team, before they speak to the venue about whether or not outside vendors are allowed. Simply put, some venues require you to use their catering team, photographers, etc. which means you cannot hire a company like Chesapeake Bartenders to tend bar for your wedding. Once you find out your venue does allow outside vendors, then you can proceed with finding professional bartenders.

Ask about certifications and state laws

It is really important to hire bartenders that are certified and understand at least basic liquor laws in their state. Why? Liquor laws are not something you want your wedding bartenders…or you, to be violating. While you might be tempted to hire your favorite bartender from the dive bar down the street, sometimes it is better to be safe than sorry. For example, in Maryland where we are headquartered, event bartenders are not required to be certified but it is highly recommended they have something called a TIPS certification. This means they have taken an in-depth training on liquor laws, signs of over serving, and liability. In Delaware, the laws are even more strict and might require a separate liquor license for your wedding. In hiring professional bartenders, you can be assured they know the state and local laws, and are abiding by them – but of course ask any and all questions to be sure!

Look at online reviews +  ask for references

Do some due diligence and look at sites like Google, Facebook, Yelp, etc. to see what their customers have to say about them. While online reviews are not everything, and may not be 100% accurate, at least it should give you an idea on the kind of service they provide.

Find out what is included in the company’s bartending packages

This one might not seem so obvious. You reach out, you ask for a quote, and that’s it right? Well, this is your wedding we are talking about, so there are important details to address. A good wedding bartending company will ask questions like: “how many guests will you have?” or “do you need us to provide equipment like the bar, coolers, linens, etc.?” You want to know exactly what is included, so you don’t end up assuming they are providing something they don’t provide. For example, will they have classy-looking ice bins and ice scoops to use in drinks? Do they provide a printed menu listing the cocktails? How many tables do they provide? These details are important, and you don’t want to glaze over them.

Is the liquor provided by the bartending company?

This is a very important one. Again, laws are going to vary greatly state to state. In Maryland, DC, Delaware and DC, where we provide wedding bartending services, it is very much illegal for our company to provide alcohol in our bartending packages. Why? We do not have a liquor license, because our bartenders do not do any cash transactions for alcohol. Simply put, we do not “sell alcohol.” We provide the service of pouring alcohol. We provide a separate quote for alcohol from a reputable alcohol retailer, and the guest purchases the alcohol directly through them. Other states might be different, but in these states, if a bartender includes alcohol or “all you can drink” in any of their packages, it should raise a red flag. Be sure to look up state laws regarding who needs to have a liquor license to sell alcohol. The wedding venue you choose will likely be well-versed in the liquor laws pertaining to their venue, so be sure to double check with them as well.

Schedule a site visit with your wedding bartenders

Any good wedding bartender will want to know all the in’s and out’s of your venue. If there is a bar provided, they will want to see it, in order to see the size, set up and “flow.” Often, site visits for weddings are included in event bartending contracts, because it is ideal to know every detail prior to the wedding. Where will the bartenders park? Where will they load the equipment? Is there an on-site event planner they will be working with the day of your wedding? All these details need to be seen in person, in order to really determine the bar set up and beverage catering flow.

I hope these tips helped you find a bartender for your wedding. Wishing you much happiness. Cheers! 


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