With the 2018 Wedding season now in full swing it is time to start looking at those final elements of your big day. For many, the wedding reception is an excuse to throw an unforgettable party with friends and family, so we’re going to help you make it a night to remember.
Once the food is all done with, everyone’s attention is bound to turn to the drinks on offer. You need to be sure that your wedding bar is well stocked with the best beverages in the business.
Whether you want a whole host of different beers on offer, a cocktail menu that has the wow factor or a selection of spirits that will leave your guests spoilt for choice, we’ve got the drinks to help you do so. We have teamed up with Dingle Distillery, the Small Beer Brew Co and Mac & Wild to ensure you have the best beverages behind your wedding bar.
Dingle Distillery Gin
When it comes to choosing a spirit that all your over 18 guests will enjoy, gin is a reliable choice.
According to an article by Good Housekeeping at the end of 2017, a survey found that gin had actually been the UK’s most popular alcoholic beverage of the year and really, that isn’t much of a surprise.
Gin has become the ultimate ‘trendy spirit’ but when it comes to choosing the best one to have behind the bar, we don’t think it gets much better than the craft gin from Dingle Distillery.
As well as being the perfect addition to any G&T, the Dingle Distillery gin is the ultimate ingredient to any cocktail, one of our favourites for a wedding being their signature Cucumber Cooler.
Perfect for keeping you feeling refreshed while you dance the night away, here’s how to make your very own Dingle Gin Cucumber Cooler:
Wine plays a big part in many wedding days but which is the best variety to have on tap behind the bar?
The wine you choose is often down to personal preference but according to Stylist, a survey conducted by one of Britain’s leading wine sellers, Laithwaite’s Wine, revealed that the most popular wine in the UK is Sauvignon Blanc.
This well-loved variety of white wine beats Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to the top spot in this survey, so if these results are anything to go by, the best wine to please all your guests is always a Sauvignon Blanc.
Whether you’re a fan or not, there’s no denying that champagne is an essential part of many weddings.
Choosing the best champagne for your big day is an important choice and in the opinion of the team at the Independent, Champagne Jacquesson is the best one to choose.
Winning their ‘Best Buy’ award in 2017, the Cuvée 740 bubbly beat best-known brands such as Veuve Clicquot, Bruno Paillard and Eric Rodez to the top spot.
Looking for bubbly on a budget? If you’re providing the champagne for your big day then you’ll be pleased to know that Waitrose Special Reserve and Tesco Finest were featured in the Independent’s top picks!
Britain’s Best Beer
If you’re a keen beer drinker, then the casks you have available on your big day are probably of great importance to you.
Every man has his own personal favourite when it comes to beer but if you want to be able to say that you have Britain’s best beer available at your wedding bar then you need a cask of ‘Goats Milk’ from Church End Brewery in Warwickshire.
Cask Marque announced that Church End Brewery had become the winner of CAMRA’S Beer of Britain 2017 in August, closely followed by ‘Ridley’s Rite’ from Bishop Nick Brewery in Essex and ‘Cwtch’ from Tiny Rebel Brewery in Wales.
The Beer of Britain competition is split into lots of categories with different winners in each, so any of those beers are bound to be a good choice for a pint on your special day!
Small Beer Brew Co
Although a wedding is a perfect excuse to enjoy a few alcoholic drinks, not everyone likes a highly alcoholic beverage and to be the host with the most, you need to ensure there’s a great tasting drink option for all your guests.
Whether they’re the designated driver or just not a huge fan of boozy beverages, the Small Beer Brew Co has got them covered.
Founded by James Grundy and Felix James, this brewing company is one of a kind. Manufacturing the newest addition to the ‘lower alcohol beer’ sector, their ‘small beer’ is a full flavoured but low alcohol beer that is the perfect option for those wanting to enjoy a delicious drink without consuming too much alcohol.
Already available at Selfridges, the Whiskey Exchange and behind the bar of the Savoy, your wedding could be the next location on the list of places you can try the Small Beer Brew Co!
Mac & Wild Pre-Bottled Whisky Cocktails
A drink of choice for many men during a wedding reception, whisky is a classic and has a well-deserved place behind any wedding bar.
Although sipping whisky straight with a few cubes of ice is satisfactory for some, we think whisky cocktails are a great way to enhance the flavour of this strong spirit and add a little more life to it.
Cocktail making is great fun but if you want to spend more time on the dance floor and less time at the bar at your wedding reception, pre-bottled cocktails are a great addition to your drinks menu.
Mac & Wild are a top restaurant located in Scotland but they’ve now branched out from delicious dining and created a range of four pre-made whisky cocktails that are bottled and ready for enjoying.
Their collection includes the ‘Ginger Laddie’, a blend of whisky, sherry, ginger and bitters as well as ‘Auld Pal’ which carries flavours of Dandelion & Burdock, chamomile and gorse flowers.
Their extensive collection of ready mixed and bottled whisky cocktails are perfect for all your over 18 guests thanks to the variety of flavours. They are available to buy now in Selfridges, Whole Foods and online at 31Dovers.com, so it’s easy to get your bar stocked with them for the big day!
We hope you’ve found this useful if you’re finalising the drinks menu for your big day or simply looking for a new tipple to try.
If you’re still at the very beginning of planning your special day, be sure to check out the Slater Menswear wedding shop to find the perfect suit to head down the aisle in!
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