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Mixologist Meg on Craft Cocktails

From the Desk of Meg Nielson

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Embrace the craft cocktail revolution. As the bar and the kitchen tie the knot, cocktailing has become an experience, and world-class events have not escaped the allure. Signature cocktails provide a unique opportunity for couples to help create a personalized wedding experience for their guests to enjoy.

The custom cocktail experience is versatile. It can be shaped to reflect personality, style and season. Cocktails can be whimsical and reminiscent, classic and eloquent or dreamy and romantic.

Spring and summer weddings have the luxury of both tropical fruit and ripe summer berries, while fall and winter weddings enjoy a repertoire of seasonal flavors that are warm and comforting. Pear, apple, persimmons, blood orange, cinnamon, chocolate, nutmeg and rosemary are just some of the many flavors that can be used to enhance your cocktail. All are great partners for any base spirit, and can truly support an elegant interpretation of the classic cocktail.

When planning your special event at Pebble Beach Resorts, there are a couple of things to consider when adding a custom cocktail creation as a fun surprise reception detail. First, take into account the scope of your special drink presentation:

  • Will you choose something that pairs well a food course or something to be served throughout the night?
  • Will you cater to a core group of spirit enthusiasts with something crafty and classic or offer a sampling of hand-picked whiskey?
  • Would one drink be ideal or would both a bride’s cocktail and a groom’s cocktail be more alluring?

Once the scope of presentation is decided, you’ll have a consultation to design your flavor profile. You are now ready to embark on a uniquely customized mixology experience.

Our newest addition is an Infusion Bar, where a variety of fruit, herbs, spices and more are combined with the spirit of your choosing to create an evolving, one-of-a-kind tasting experience. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about each component of your crafted libation and how they work together to become a cohesive cocktail. Tailored to your palate and specifications on the spot, it will be your favorite tasting of the day!

When the desired flavor profile is reached, finishing details and presentation are the final steps in creating a cutting edge specialty cocktail for your big day.

– Meg Nielson, Mixologist


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