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.
Mezcal Saffron Eggnog
"People always forget how good eggnog tastes in December. This is one of my most favorite things I have ever done, especially with this incredible decanter and wine glassware by Jakobsen Design!" —Bob
- 2 oz. of Vida Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal
- Homemade eggnog
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 Tbsp.
- 1 pint whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 oz. bourbon
- 1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
4 egg whites
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream, bourbon, and nutmeg and stir to combine.
Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running gradually add the 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill, mix with mezcal, and garnish with a pinch of saffron.
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.