That's the spirit

California, Food & Drink

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Seeking inspiration for your signature drinks? Make it easy on yourself and hire a pro to create a custom cocktail menu for you. With all the recent interest in the art of cocktail-making, cocktail catering companies have been springing up around the country.

In San Francisco, you can check out Rye on the Road, run by Greg Lindgren and Jon Gasparini, the owners behind popular San Francisco watering hole, Rye. Or there's drink, owned by Melissa Gugni and Jay Esopenko, who founded their company after working in the restaurant industry for a combined 30 years.

Both companies will meet with you to create a custom cocktail menu that works with the theme and style of your wedding. Plus, they provide everything from bartenders, to spirits, mixers, glassware, and a chic mobile bar on the day of your wedding. Bottoms up! —Lauren Matthews, associate editor, Brides Local magazines

Wedding Wisdom: If you're on a strict budget, cut alcohol costs by just serving wine, beer, and a few different signature cocktails—speak with your caterer to see if they can offer up appropriate suggestions for your wedding.

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