I picture our bar setup for the wedding as quite casual. We’re providing a few bottles of wine per table during dinner, which I think will just sit on the tables. There will also be a few liquor options and a bunch of beer, which I am imagining on a separate bar table with ice, straws, and extra cups. But what about our cocktail hour, while the wedding party is off having photos taken?
We’re not having a bartender, so fresh-made signature cocktails aren’t really an option. I don’t want people to have to wander into the tent to find booze, and I want them to use their Mason-jar glasses, so we’re offering, drum roll, please…punch!
I mean, how can you resist sweet setups like these?
Our plan is to offer one alcoholic mixture and one non-alcoholic, which I’ll put together the day of/day before and add ice closer to go-time. I’m also going to put out a big ol’ jug of water, all of which will hopefully be displayed in swanky glass dispensers like the ones pictured above.
Mr. Dragon and I had a little get-together recently, so I decided to test out this recipe for Golden Punch, which was abruptly modified when FBIL/GM Jesse informed me that two cups of rum was not nearly enough.
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You will need two cans of frozen lemonade (I suggest regular lemonade, not pink like I used), two cans of frozen orange juice, two cans of frozen limeade, a twenty-sixer of rum (750 milliliters…I think it’s called a fifth in the States?), and a punch receptacle. You see that big blue bucket in the background? We used that because there are no punch bowls for sale in this town. It’s a brand new 10-quart bucket. We’re classy, people!
Make sure the frozen stuff is thawed enough that it will mix up, and pour it all in a bowl together. I didn’t have time to make fancy ice cubes, so I used regular small ones that melted super fast. I’ll make proper ice for the real thing!
So how did it taste? I give you the many faces of Jesse:
Success! This stuff, as a warning, is damn sugary and packs quite a punch with all that rum (har har). I think it will be just what we need for our guests, though, who likely won’t drink the whole bowl.
Once again, I need your help, hive! I want a fun name for this concoction, but given the big blue bucket and the weird colour the pink lemonade imparted, it picked up the unfortunate nicknames of Dirty Mop Water and Rum Bucket in our household. I’m down with irreverent, but I’d like something a little more wedding friendly. Any ideas?
I’m also collecting ideas for the non-alcoholic punch option, so if anyone has a simple and easy recipe I’m all ears.
What did you serve at your cocktail hour if you had one? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever drunk from?