By Jena Eichler of River Top Event Coordinating
That’s right! Signature drinks are on the menu. This trend is here to stay, and what a fun way to get creative and show your personalities as a couple. Whether you like fruity drinks or more classic style, adding a signature drink to your bar menu is a great way to have liquor at your wedding without the fuss. Keep it limited to one or two signature drinks, and you will be dancing the night away with all of your guests. Coming up with fun names for each signature cocktail can be customized to your life as a couple. Go check out some signature cocktails from these local bars!
Fidel’s: located upstairs from Walton’s in Haynes Corner. You can get there from inside the restaurant, or use the speak easy entrance around back. Open Thursdays 5pm-midnight and Fridays and Saturdays 5pm-2am. It can be rented out for your next private party up to 140 friends. It features a wide variety of bourbon, cigars, and cocktails. You can sit at the bar or any number of the lounge style nooks. From the décor to the bartenders attire, the atmosphere is a great mix of new modern with a nodes of a 1920’s speak easy. Contact Meredith at email@example.com to set up your private party.
Bru Burger: located in the Old Grey Hound bus station downtown you cannot miss this vibrate blue metal building. With seating indoors, upstairs and a courtyard space this restaurant can accommodate all sorts of dinner parties. Best known for their mouth-watering burgers, they also have a variety of cocktails and local beers too! Open Sundays 11am-9pm, Monday-Thursday 11am-10pm, and Fridays-Saturdays 11am-11pm. You will enjoy the atmosphere the instant you walk in the glass double doors. Call the hostess line at 812-302-3005 to set up your reservation today.
Mo’s House: located in Haynes corner across from Sauced Ball room. This “hip basement bar” is known for their old fashions and over the top private parties. Open Wednesday-Friday 3:30pm-midnight, Saturdays Noon-midnight, Sundays noon-8pm. Once you walk into the bar you are greeted with a smile like you are an old friend even if it is your first time being there! The cocktails you can get here change by season but they a few signature ones year-round as well. While your there check out the cocktails on tap, handmade ingredients paired with your favorite spirits. Currently they can hold small private parties, but soon they plan to expand to have more seating and larger parties to involve the community more. Call Mo at 812-401-3800 to set up your private party.
Fidel’s Bartenders- Devin McBride & Charles Baker
Take a pinch of cigar clippings and orange zest and torch for 8 secs then cover with glass. In a Yari mix: 1.5 oz bourbon, 0.5 oz elderflower, 0.25 oz sour mix, 4 dashes of rose water, 4 drops of orange bitters, shake; turn smoked glass over and add round rock ice, then strain mixture with julep strainer over smoked glass and ice.
Lavender Basil Daquiri “Something Blue”:
In shaker add: 6 torn basil leaves, 1.5 oz of white rum, 0.75 oz of lavender syrup, and 0.5 lime; Shake slowly; Strain once into a glass, then strain again into frozen coupe (daquiri) glass. Garnish with basil leaf.
Blood Orange Lemonade Mocktail “Something New”:
In a highball glass add: 2 juiced lemons, 0.5 juice orange, 1 oz blood orange syrup, 1 oz simple syrup; Stir with ice and top with splash of lemon lime soda (sprite) and add orange wheel and mint to garnish. To convert into cocktail, add 1.5 oz of favorite spirit like Rum, Gin, or Vodka.
Blood Orange Basil Mule Mocktail “Matrimony Mule”:
In a copper cup add: 2 muddled basil leaves, 0.5 lime. Next pack ice and add 0.75 oz of blood orange syrup, top with favorite Ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge and basil leaf. To convert to cocktail, add 1.5 oz of Vodka.
Bru Burger: Bartender- Madelyn Gee
“No Longer Lone Ryder” Lone Ryder:
In shaker add: 2 oz Rough Rider Rye (rye whiskey), 0.5 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, 0.5 oz Fruitlab Orange Liqueur. Shake and pour over ice into cocktail glass, add Orange twist to garnish.
In shaker add: 1.5 oz Hangar 1 (vodka); 0.5 oz Elderflower liqueur, equal parts ginger beer and grapefruit juice and splash of lime juice. Shake and pour over ice in cocktail glass.
Mo’s House Bartenders- John Raleigh & Jacob Diehm
Mo’s Draft Manhattan:
2 oz whiskey, 1 oz sweet vermouth, 2 dashes of house-made bitters, 0.5 oz orange liquor. When not making it on draft, pour into shaker with ice then pour mixture into martini glass.
In shaker add: 2 oz Brokers Gin, 0.5 oz lemon juice, 5 oz Chartreuse liqueur, 0.25 oz agave nectar. Then shake and strain over fresh ice into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon and mint spring.
In an old fashion glass add: 1 raw sugar cube, 0.25 oz marasca syrup, 3 dashes of house-made bitters. Muddle mixture into liquid and all sugar is dissolved. Add ice, pour 2 oz of Ezra Brookes Rye Whiskey, Stir 35 times. Garnish with orange peed expressed and 2 skewered luxardo cherries.
Southern Hospitality: This drink is seasoned cocktail makers and Mo’s House exclusive.
In shaker add: 1 oz Fernet Branca, 1 oz whiskey, 1 oz peanut syrup, 1 egg white, and ice. Shake and strain over milkshake glass, top off with Coca-Cola. Garnish with mint spring. As drink stands the foam will come to the top and look like a milkshake.
Planner and Styling: River Top Event Coordinating
Photographer: Simply Candid by Jennifer