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.
Mai Tai (adapted from Trader Vic’s original recipe)
"Of all the classic cocktail recipes out there, none has been distorted, misrepresented, and all-around made a mess of than the Mai Tai. The original was nutty, citric, and richly boozy, while its legacy has been tarnished by decades of overly sweet concentrate juices, low-quality blackstrap rum, and a general misconception of what a tiki cocktail should actually taste like. Our recipe will surely bring you back from the dark side, potentially with a pretty heady buzz." —Ross
- 0.50 oz. Salted Macadamia Nut Orgeat
- 0.25 oz. Falernum
- 0.50 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
- 1 oz. lime juice
- 1.5 oz. Appleton Estates Jamaican Rum
- 0.50 oz. Byrrh Quinquina Wine
Combine all ingredients except the Byrrh in a shaker and mix with ice. Strain over crushed ice, and top with the Byrrh. Bonus move: Heavily atomize the outside of the cocktail with Smith and Cross Rum. Garnish the cocktail with mint, an amarena cherry, and a cocktail parasol.
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.