Introducing Brides's newest foodie-celebrating series, in which we bring beautiful, handcrafted, Instagram-approved signature cocktails to you four times a week! Each month, we'll shine a spotlight on two master mixologists and their 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 January, the master mixologist and General Manager of lauded North Carolina eatery Kindred, continues to blow us out of the water 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.
Hold Your Horses
"This is a fun little riff on a classic mint julep—we use gin instead of bourbon here, so it’s got a little floral kick." —Blake
- 1.75 oz. London Dry Gin
- 0.75 oz. Lemon Juice
- 0.75 oz. Manzanilla Sherry
- 0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
- 0.75 oz. Muscadine grenadine (homemade)
- 8-10 mint leaves
Build ingredients in julep cup with mint and small amount of packed ice. Swizzle the ingredients, mint and ice for 10 seconds to chill glass and release mint oils. Top with packed ice and garnish with beautiful mint tops.
As the Beverage Director and General Manager of Kindred and Hello, Sailor, Blake Pope is always looking to push the envelope when it comes to delicious, artfully crafted cocktails. Pope finds his inspiration when creating cocktails from Chef and owner, Joe Kindred, by matching his creations with both restaurant’s seasonal menus, allowing the ingredients do the talking, with innovative yet approachable cocktails that complement the cuisine. Pope, who is a big fan of working with great vermouths, fortified wines, and Amari, believes in an understated cocktail menu and lives by the "less is more" approach. “Execution is a big part in what makes a good drink great,” he says. “That and genuine hospitality behind the bar.” Blake uses his talents to help tell the stories of these fabulous family owned and operated restaurants. Follow him on Instagram @mblakepope, along with Kindred @kindredrestaurant, and Hello, Sailor @hellosailornc.