Bar Cart Tool Essentials: Sourced Craft Cocktails Edition

Having the appropriate barware and cocktail equipment is key to crafting a cocktail you’re proud of. Stocking up on bar cart tool essentials doesn’t have to be an arduous or stressful process, simply stick to the basics. The Sourced Craft Cocktails team has pulled together a most basic list of bar cart tool essentials every aspiring home mixologist should have.

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Jigger

Precision is key, especially when mixing the most elaborate of cocktails. Having a jigger on hand will ensure that you can pour with precision. A larger and smaller end offer the flexibility to measure out a variety of ingredients.

Wooden Muddler

Many a mixed drink (mojito, anyone?) call for some muddling. Oftentimes used to muddle together citrus, herbs and simple syrup, a wooden muddle will help extract the distinct flavors of each ingredients.

Mixing Beaker

Not all cocktails were designed to be shaken, some specifically need to be stirred. Classics like a manhattan or a martini fall in the stirred category. A  mixing beaker is just the tool you need to appropriately mix a well-balanced cocktail.

Cocktail Stirrer

That cocktail you just made in your mixing beaker will need to be properly stirred, after all! A long-handed cocktail stirrer will do just the trick while keeping your fingers from touching the cocktail.

Hawthorne Strainer

You’ll need to rely on a hawthorne strainer for any drinks you craft in your mixing beaker. Trust us, it’s worth the nominal investment and will keep you from fishing ice out of your cocktail glass with a spoon or, worse, diluting the cocktail you worked so hard to mix.

Shaker

Undoubtedly a staple of any bar cart, our bar cart tool essentials list wouldn’t be complete without a shaker. There are a slew of shaker options available, we recommend finding one you deem most comfortable to shake up whiskey sours, daiquiris and margaritas.

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Cocktail Spotlight: The French 75

For when you’re in the mood to celebrate, or just need something with bubbles, champagne is the obvious go-to. It’s light, fresh, and perfect for any kind of celebration. One of our favorite cocktails with our champagne is the French 75.

With a touch of gin, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and simple syrup, this drink is perfect for anyone looking to dress up their champagne for a night on the town. For those who are looking for a unique twist to the classic champagne toast, the French 75 is the perfect choice. Here are 4 ways we dress your champagne up in our finest French 75 flavors:

 

For the Health Nut: The Shimmering 75

For the guests that prefer a low-sugar vodka option, the Shimmering 75 provides a crisp, clean finish with all-natural sugar. We make homemade honey syrup harvested right here in Austin from a raw, local, and completely natural source. This drink can be made with both vodka or gin, and is one of our personal favorites.

For the Bond Buff: The Classic Bubbly 75

Here’s lookin’ at you, gin. This spin is perfect for your movie buff or general lover of all things simple with classic flavors. We put one 2.3oz sugar cube in with Angostura Bitters and an expressed lemon peel on top for a clean, polished aesthetic and a taste that can withstand the test of time.

For the Wild Child: The Ruby 75

If you’re one of our wild child customers, you are always keeping with the trends and looking for the next newest and most buzz-worthy cocktail to excite your senses. With our homemade hibiscus syrup and cold-pressed hibiscus leaves, we offer a unique taste that isn’t too sweet but has a bright pink fun look and flavor.

Want to try these for yourself? See our options for your French 75 setup or browse by event to dress up your event today!

 

 

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5 Reasons Why Portable Bars make Weddings Better

Spring wedding season is almost upon us, and as the weather heats up, so does the wedding planning industry. Need a unique touch for your wedding that won’t soon be forgotten? Portable bars are a perfect option for couples looking to tie the knot in style. Here are the 5 reasons why a portable bar is the best choice for your big day.

1. Ceremony to Reception

Your wedding planner will thank you for the ease a portable bar brings to transitioning between the phases of your special day, from pre-ceremony cocktails to the champagne toast and everything in between.

2. Easy setup and teardown

Mobile bars are low maintenance and take very little time to set-up and clean-up, making them a great choice for any wedding venue with a possibility of unforeseen circumstances such as weather variants or last minute changes. Besides, with the bar able to pack-up and move so easily, you have the freedom to decide where a bar works best in your venue.

3. A More Budget-Friendly Option

Do you need to cut some costs on catering but don’t want to sacrifice quality? Mobile bars and bartenders are a cost effective option for anyone on a budget that still wants to make a splash and give their guests a unique experience.  

4. Signature Drinks

Mobile bars allow for the opportunity to pick what your guests will drink. We have all been at one of those weddings where a few guests get a little too wild with the libations. Combat this with a customized drinks that will satisfy your guests but give you peace of mind as well.

5. Aesthetic

Nothing beats the feeling of walking into a space and having beautiful signature drinks delivered. It’s an extra touch that tells your guests that you want this day to be special for them as well.

At Sourced Cocktails, we bring the mobile bar experience to you. We love creating special moments with unique, curated cocktails, as we know the first question wedding guests often have is “where’s the bar?” Give them an experience to remember.

Ready to take the plunge? Take a look at our unique portable bar packages and contact us today to reserve your portable bar service!

 

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Crafting the Perfect Cocktail: Our Process is Simple

We get the question a lot: How do you decide what to put into event cocktails? It’s true that every event has a unique signature look and feel, you wouldn’t prepare for a wedding the same way you might prepare for a corporate event or a festival. We love taking the time to learn about the reason behind a celebration and the unique personalities or businesses that make up an event. Here is our process for curating the perfect cocktails for your event.

Step 1: Who are you?

We take our jobs as curators seriously. It is important to us to get to know our clients on a more personal level so we can properly choose the best ingredients to make their event special. The look and feel of your event is a reflection of you, so in order to put the best foot forward, we try to narrow down the important keywords to your event. Do you want it to be fun, whimsical, refined, cozy, rustic, or anything in between? We love this part because we get to learn about what makes you special and how we can work to make your event both novel and noteworthy.

Step 2: How do you want your guests to feel?

When your guests walk into your event and see your custom cocktails, how do you want them to feel? When you take the time to curate your cocktails for the event, your guests see that you put in the extra effort to make them feel spoiled and special. This helps us decide the kind of liquor to use, do you want something bubbly and celebratory or elegant and cultured, or maybe a bit of both?

Step 3: How daring are you?

Garnishings, garnishings, garnishings. Events with flavor are the most memorable, and garninshings and mixers can make all the difference. Here at Sourced Craft Cocktails, we love to experiment with all kinds of different spices, toppers, syrups, glasses, and anything else you can imagine. The sky is the limit when you want to create a truly unique event that your guests won’t soon forget!

Ready to be brave? Contact us today to curate your next event!

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How to Dress up Champagne for the Perfect Winter Wedding

Champagne is a staple at every wedding. It has become a poignant symbol of celebration, and even gives us the excuse to pull out the fancy flutes and watch those bubbles float. We love champagne, but sometimes we crave a little variation, especially for a winter wedding. Here are a couple of our favorite ways to dress up champagne for your wedding.

The Lava Lamp

If you have seen any of our previous blogs, you know we at Sourced Cocktails love pomegranates in the winter time. They are in-season in the winter, so they are more tasty than ever and provide the perfect tang to make any cocktail unique. Since champagne tends to be more of a summer drink, we love adding pomegranate to the bubbles to achieve the fun lava lamp look.

The French 75

For the couple who looks for a refined, crisp look and taste, the French 75 is the perfect choice. The flavors of gin, lemon, and champagne are a great representation of perfect harmony. The gin provides a strong and fresh undertone while the champagne provides a sense of fun and whimsy and the lemon packs a punch of pucker, the perfect pregame to that true love kiss. Plus, we love that this cocktail looks like a glass full of snow.

The Black Velvet

Hold on to your veils, this one is out there. You may think the combination of champagne and Guinness stout sounds insane, but it is simply satisfying. For the drink buff who doesn’t prefer anything too sugary, the champagne in this seemingly odd pairing just provides a crisp aftertaste that actually compliments the rich taste of the stout, making this the perfect unique treat to surprise your guests with.

Have an idea to dress up your winter wedding with a champagne cocktail? Tell us your ideas and contact us today to start planning your wedding cocktail entertainment!

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