Move over bartenders, the new trend in libations are cocktail creators who can add some serious flair to your wedding day! "Serving a hundred guests or more takes skill so you really want someone who has experience," suggests Talmadge Lowe, owner of Pharmacie. Here's our picks for mixologists that go the extra mile. Cheers!
Inspired by her time in London and the whole farm-to-table food movement, owner Marsha Meyer thinks we should consider cocktails in the same way as we look at healthy food; always aiming to use natural and organic whenever possible. It's the perfect mix of old and new, since Meyer will give you classically inspired cocktails with modern techniques, exceptional ingredients and gorgeous garnishes to top it all off.
Founder Talmadge Lowe started his drinks business as a wandering speakeasy over 15 years ago and has now become the go-to for any event that requires a custom, impeccable drinks menu. While they love to make the classics, Pharmacie is also known for designing bespoke cocktails and putting new twists on old favorites. Lowe's current pick? The Bee's Pyjamas with gin, mint, Chartreuse, lemon juice and Angostura Bitters.
Based in downtown Los Angeles, Cocktail Academy are the new wave in mixologists. Creating cocktails that look beautiful and taste equally amazing, packed with fresh ingredients (their sangria is truly mouth watering) and thoughtful garnishes. Started by three guys — Brandyn Tepper, Max Kestenbaum, and Matt Landes — a couple of years ago, they describe what they do as "drinkable art" and will help you put together a custom cocktail menu for your wedding that will have all your guests lining up for seconds.
If you're looking to infuse a little avant-guarde to your big day, these modern mixers are what you're looking for. Owner Niko and his team of eclectic bartenders are fans of creating cocktails using such ingredients as liquid nitrogen, flavored ice, foams, infusions and even dry ice for added drama (it's a great way to add a new spin on an old favorite). Just like your other wedding details, these guys will give you an expert blend of old and new; eye-catching cocktails with familiar flavors.