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 the second half of August, Bob Peters, head mixologist at the Punch Room at the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, North Carolina, and social-media darling, 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.
Apple of My Eye
"This is a cocktail for two that is perfect for a newlywed couple! The interesting thing that happens is when the hibiscus flowers rehydrate; they slowly dye the cocktail a deep red color." —Bob Peters
- 4 oz. Cardinal gin
- 2 oz. apple-tea-infused Riesling wine
- 0.5 oz. simple syrup
Bob Peters has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Global Bartender of the Year for the Ritz-Carlton Corporation. In the spring of 2016, he accompanied some of the most elite chefs from Charlotte, North Carolina, to the James Beard House in New York City to present a “Taste of Charlotte” dinner to the Big Apple’s food fanatics. Most recently, in January 2017, Peters was a featured mixologist at the highly acclaimed Cayman Cookout food festival hosted by Eric Ripert, Jose Andres, and Anthony Bourdain, as well as a featured talent at the Charleston Wine & Food and the Atlanta Food & Wine festivals. Peters is currently the head mixologist at the Punch Room at the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte. Follow Peters @bob_peters and the Punch Room @thepunchroom on Instagram and Facebook.