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Sure, any old bartender can pour a glass of Pinot or serve up a Jack and Coke. But if your cocktail tastes lean toward the creative, you'll need way more than a bartender for your wedding: You'll need a mixologist. These three Northern California companies are chock full of craft cocktail creators, and they've got the culinary chops to push the flavor envelope. Save a drink for us, will you?
Global Gourmet (Above)
Global Gourmet has all of your mixology needs covered. From helping you customize a specialty cocktail to chilling drinks with liquid nitrogen, serving classic concoctions via cart service to a morning-after mimosa bar, if it's a drink you need, they've got it taken care of. Mixologists will create signature beverages based on the bride and groom's preferences (or their history!), like a Stanford-inspired libation combining vodka, muddled strawberries and raspberries (for that iconic red color), lemonade, and sparkling water. Into updated classics? How about a spicy Margarita Caliente or a Smoked Manhattan? Whatever your preference, leave it to Global Gourmet to stir, shake, and pour to perfection.
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Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
Northern California may be all about farm-to-table dining, but takes it to another level, with a farm-to-glass cocktail program. With their own garden in Napa, you're getting some of the freshest seasonal ingredients possible, whether you're offering your guests variations on a classic at a Negroni Bar or introducing them to some of California's finest artisan spirits at a Locavore Spirits Bar. Want something made just for you? How about turning memories of your recent trip to Italy into a savory cocktail combining red bell pepper juice, aperol, pisco, basil, and lemon? Or pair tastes of their specialty drinks alongside creative hors d'oeuvres. Whatever you're craving, their in-house Craft Cocktail Specialist will quench your thirst.
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The Grand Bevy
Whether you're getting married in San Francisco or anywhere else in the country, The Grand Bevy is here to make sure your cocktails are expertly mixed. For sophisticated concoctions that are as good as — or better than — your dinner menu, hire one of their more than 120 mixologists, who craft cocktails using ingredients The Grand Bevy brews, cooks, and infuses themselves. They'll pour cocktails to order, based on a few questions about a guest's flavor preferences, or serve up beer tastings or microbrew cocktails. And if you're on the hunt for something more creative than a glass, their range of edible cocktails (yes, edible!) are a far departure from those college Jell-O shots.