Looking for a festive drink for an upcoming event? We had some fun trying our hand at mixing up a holiday season cocktail this week. This sparkling wine and Chianti recipe with hints of vanilla and a dash of fruitiness is perfect for this time of year. It’s incredibly easy to make and we couldn’t resist adding a little garnish for some extra charm!
||Sparkling white wine, chilled
- Cut pear lengthwise into ¼ inch slices, cutting from stem end through the bottom. Cut apples crosswise into ¼ inch slices, and cut the plums into wedges.
- Stir together pear, apples, plums, cane syrup, 2 rosemary sprigs, and vanilla in a 3-quart glass container until the fruit is coated. Gradually stir in the Chianti. Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.
- Stir in sparkling wine just before serving. Serve over ice and garnish with rosemary sprigs if desired.
Photography: Sarah Kay Photography
Recipe: Southern Living
Today’s vendor spotlight is on Borrowed Bar in Madison! Borrowed Bar is owned by Adam and Marla Bergh, a husband and wife team that fired up their business in the Summer of 2017 with a soft launch at an anniversary party for Revel – Madison’s hip new DIY craft bar destination downtown. Borrowed Bar plans to officially launch by end of Fall 2017 with a website and social presence coupled with promotions and contest for rentals. Just in time for brides to book for their 2018 weddings and all the Holiday and New Year parties being planned!
Borrowed Bar rents pre-made and custom tap walls for events. The tap walls allow for a self serve bar where you can provide anything from champagne, wine, beer, coffee, kombucha, soda, and more – all on draft, from a keg! Borrowed Bar staff provides the customized tap wall rental plus the tapworks and gas to move the beverage from its keg behind the wall, to your glass! Owner Marla states that “having beverages on tap at your party is an amazing option and the fun customizations you can apply to your wall are endless. The tap wall is a centerpiece and definitely takes your event to the next level.”
Check out some of of these CBE parties that Borrowed Bar has done as well as a few other parties they have served! This Packer tap wall was perfect for our game day event and cheering on our favorite team (GO PACK GO!) while enjoying some delicious drinks. We also loved how our Old Fashioned tap wall turned out for our Camp Wed retreat featuring calligraphy by Saffron Avenue and was a huge success with our guests!
Angela Mondloch of Saffron Avenue
Marla Bergh of Borrowed Bar
The most impressive way to serve cocktails! This new, hip option is a sure way to add a little extra jazz to your wedding to make it stand out from the rest. Imagine serving his and hers signature drinks out of something this snazzy! With rental companies popping up in hot spot locations, these trailers are becoming easier to come by. Even better—if you or a friend owns a trailer it could become a fun DIY project. If you aren’t a DIY-er no problem! Barmadillo in Madison is one of our favorite beverage options for any event!
These adorable trucks and trailers are a great way to add style to your outdoor reception. Whether you’re going for a retro vibe, or rustic charm, you can find these trailers in all shapes and sizes. Try adding a custom sign to the outside to add a personal touch, or string the perfect set of lights to create an ambiance that will keep your friends and family dancing all night!
The chilly fall weather is the perfect excuse to add a seasonal twist to your signature cocktails for your wedding. But, don’t think you need to save these just for your special day; they will delight your guests whether served at your shower, rehearsal dinner, or bachelor or bachelorette party. Shaken, stirred, or mulled, these fall drinks are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Take a seasonal spin on the classic Cosmopolitan by incorporating red and white cranberry juice.
- 1 bottle (750 ml) vodka
- 5 ounces Cointreau
- 5 ounces red cranberry-juice cocktail
- 5 ounces white cranberry-juice cocktail
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- Fresh cranberries, for garnish
- Pour all ingredients except cranberries into a large pitcher with ice; stir vigorously. Strain into glasses, discarding ice. Garnish with festive berries!
Is a guaranteed crowd-favorite, especially during the colder months! Plus, you can prepare it days in advance and reheat it when it’s time to celebrate. (Pre packaged mulled spices can also be purchased if you don’t want to make it from scratch)
- 1 bottle red wine
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brandy
- 1 large orange
- 2 cardamom pods
- 4 star anise
- 6 whole cloves
- 6 allspice berries
- 6 whole black peppercorns
- 1 cinnamon stick, plus 4 for garnish (optional)
Holiday Mulled Wine
- Switch out the orange for ½ cup cranberry juice and ½ cup whole cranberries
- First, zest then juice the orange
- With the flat side of a knife, press firmly on the cardamom pods to open them a bit. In a large pot combine zest, cardamom, cloves, allspice, star anise peppercorns, cinnamon, juice, wine, water, sugar, and brandy. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves.
- Once sugar has dissolved reduce heat to low; simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; serve immediately.
Give this classic cocktail a fall shake up by adding blood orange, apples and maple syrup.
- 1 ½ ounces applejack
- 1 ½ ounces rye whiskey
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- A few dashes of orange bitters
- 2 ounces Champagne
- Blood orange rind for garnish
- Combine applejack, whiskey, maple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker; shake over ice. Strain into 6 ounce martini glass, top with champagne, garnish, and serve.
We are so excited to have an inspiring new venue in the area. Nestled in the heart of downtown Stoughton, WI The Lageret is a vast, historical and industrial warehouse with enough room to host a separate ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
The 18,000 sq. ft newly renovated tobacco warehouse is on our short list for popular venues this upcoming season. Using a warehouse as a wedding venue ties in the popular elements of a barn wedding with modern comforts and amenities. The venue has two floors of functioning space with enough room to comfortably fit 240 people.
Owner Jame Ramsden is no stranger to the wedding business. She has run Flora Designs by Jamae for over 17 years, and is excited to start this new venture! The venue has already been featured on websites such as Style Me pretty and the Knot, and Jamae assured us that the inquiries are flying in! For more information on hosting your wedding or event at The Lageret, please contact Jame Ramsden, owner, at 608.921.6400 or http://www.thelageret.com/warehouse/.
The ceremony may be over, but the party is just getting started! A popular trend for many newlyweds is incorporating extra parties into their special weekend. This trend is gaining popularity because many guests and couples don’t want the evening to come to a close. In addition, many couples spend the majority of the reception greeting and chatting with guests and don’t get anytime to spend with close friends and family. Besides, consider it another chance to impress your guests with surprising details and personal touches. Here are some ideas to inspire you!
A cocktail hour is a great way to set the tone and warm guests up for the reception. Keep it simple, but make sure there are enough servers so each guest gets something to drink and eat. Most guests won’t mind standing and mingling, but just in case make sure there are seating options available. Finally, it may be laid back but don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through! Bring in entertainment, exotic cuisine, or personalized drinks.
After Reception Party
Go out and hit the town! If you have a large wedding party consider booking a bar for a private event. Keep in mind that some of your guests may have already started drinking; plan accordingly with a shuttle or taxi service.
Newlyweds if you are not leaving for your honeymoon right away, a brunch can be the perfect way to bring the celebration to a close. It’s a great opportunity to thank guests for a lovely weekend, or to spend some quality time with loved ones.
Inviting a large number of family and friends together can be a slightly stressful, yet wonderful time. If you plan on extending your wedding celebration into a whole weekend, it can be a great idea to have extra festivities to keep your guests occupied while they meet and mingle. These are definitely not required, but if you have it in your budget, it can be a generous and fun gift to your guests who may not know each other, or the city where you’re getting married.
Throwing a welcome party is a great way to kick off your wedding weekend, and to greet and introduce your guests in a relaxed atmosphere. Get inspired by backyard barbecues, cocktail parties, or find a place that showcases local flavor, such Texas barbecue, Chicago deep-dish pizza, or Wisconsin cheese curds. This is also an opportunity to introduce guests to the area.
Wedding Party Field Day
If you have a large wedding party the dress rehearsal may be their first time meeting each other. To break the ice and let everyone bond, throw a wedding party field day. Think classic backyard party games like three-legged races or water balloon toss. After, continue the fun by heading out to your favorite local bar or attraction.
Have a favorite yoga teacher or studio in town? Host a special wedding day yoga class for your guests at the studio or their hotel. This can be a great way to get everyone’s day started, and fill the time gap before the ceremony. If you have time feel free to join too, taking an exercise class can reduce any last minute stress or jitters.