Introducing Brides's newest foodie-celebrating series, in which we bring beautiful, handcrafted, Instagram-approved signature cocktails to you twice a week! Each month, we'll shine a spotlight on one master mixologist and his or her one-of-a-kind libations, with recipes and tips on how you can incorporate these signature beverages into your wedding menu, engagement party, bachelor/bachelorette parties, or just an extra-sweet night at home in the kitchen together. For June, Ross Steidel, the master mixer behind Seattle- and Maui-based cocktail catering company Perfect Pour Cocktail Co., sets the bar high with eight boozy beauties to keep you and your guests sipping and swinging all evening long. Stay tuned to hear from more of your favorite bartenders across the country (and beyond!)—because as we all know, the drinks really do make the wedding.
51 Shades (an improved Blue Moon/Aviation)
"If you’re a fan of botanical, elegant, all-around-beautiful cocktails, then 51 Shades is your white knight, as easy on the eye as it is on the tongue. We incorporate violet, honey, and gin botanicals with the dry acidity of prosecco to create a recipe that will have your photographers and guests gushing." —Ross
- 0.75 oz. honey-lavender syrup (1:1 honey to water, heated and infused with lavender flowers)
- 0.50 oz. lemon juice
- 1.25 oz. Aviation Gin
- 0.50 oz. Rothman & Winter Violette Liqueur
- 1.5 oz. prosecco
- 1 egg white
- Teapot bitters
Combine all ingredients, except the prosecco, in a shaker. Shake vigorously with ice, and strain contents back into the shaker, sans ice. Dry shake the contents again. Pour 0.75 oz. of the prosecco into a coupe glass, the other 0.75 oz. into the shaker. Strain contents into the coupe glass. Garnish with a lavender sprig.
Perfect Pour Cocktail Co. is an all-inclusive mobile cocktail bar. The cocktail craftsmen and women mix each libation to order using proper technique and farm-fresh ingredients. From conceptualizing your party’s theme, to creating custom cocktail and wine programs, to day-of service, Perfect Pour's hospitality-driven event planners and mixologists are at your service every step of the way. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook at @perfectpourcocktailco.