Introducing Bride'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 their one-of-a-kind libations—they'll share recipes and tips as to 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 month of 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.
"Poi Dog” is a slang term in Hawaii that describes someone who has many different ethnicities, which is very common in the islands. Essentially, it translates to “mutt,” but in more endearing terms. We took the Salty Dog, a classic East Coast beach mix, and funked it up with some Asian/Pacific flavors such as yuzu (Japanese citrus), Thai basil, and toasted black pepper. We altered the rim by including fresh cracked pepper along with sea salt. This cocktail screams springtime, and is incredibly refreshing, herbaceous, and bittersweet. —Ross
- 2 oz. grapefruit juice
- .75 oz. yuzu citrus (3 parts Meyer lemon juice, 1 part yuzu)
- .75 oz. Thai basil-toasted peppercorn syrup (the amount may have to be adjusted depending on the sweetness of the grapefruit juice)
- 2 oz. New World Gin, such as Brooklyn, Aviation, Uncle Val’s Botanical, St. George Botanivore Gin, or Captive Spirit’s Big Gin
- Salt and pepper rim (3 parts sea salt to 1 part pepper)
Shake all ingredients and strain over ice. Garnish with a Thai basil sprig.
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.