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.
I Got a Marlin, Darlin’
- 1 oz. Dry Gin
- 0.5 oz. Apple Brandy
- 0.5 oz. Amontillado Sherry
- 0.75 oz. Lime Juice
- 1.5 oz. Watermelon Shrub
- Garnish with cucumber slice, a bamboo straw, a gummie worm, and 0.25 oz. of grenadine
Combine ingredients into shaker tin excluding garnish. Add 12 oz. of pebble ice (aka "Dirty Ice"). Dump along with “Dirty Ice” into Tiki Mug. Top mug off with pebble ice as needed. Plug in your cucumber slice (cut on thick bias). Add gummy worm hanging out of the mouth. Sneak that bamboo straw in there real nice-like. Add whisper of grenadine, y’all.
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 restaurants’ 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.” Pope 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.