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Wedding Bar: Alternatives to Hard Alcohol

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It’s true. And its a very important element to consider when selecting your wedding bar and wedding venue too.

What if you fall in love with a venue that doesn’t have the permitting for hard alcohol well guest what?! We have a solution. We know that having hard alcohol is very important and even a deal breaker for some couples when it comes to their weddings, but we encourage you to keep an open mind when it comes to the bar. For our venues that don’t allow hard alcohol we are thrilled to allow the use of a fermentation bar as a modern alternative.

Fermentation sounds strange…. what on earth does that mean anyway?

A fermentation bar is the use of un-distilled alcohols such as soju, sake or brandy. Bartenders are now able to create innovative, fun and unique cocktails using fermented alcohols and come up with suggestions to help personalize these for your wedding dayThese alternatives taste and look just like a typical cocktail would and we bet none of your wedding guests would be able to tell the difference!

You can make cocktails that taste just like a margarita or even a Moscow mule! (see below for recipes and inspiration) 

Using the wine and champagne from your venue is another creative way to make different cocktails. You can easily make a Sangria, Bellini, Mimosa, a Champagne cocktail, or even a Kir Royale!  

Having these alternatives ends up being a great way to make sure your guests don’t become too intoxicated and it still gives them options other than beer and wine. You can also consider having an after party at a bar close to your venue if you want to have hard alcohol after the wedding.

*Did you know that having an open bar at your wedding can add on average $20 per person?! This could impact your overall budget significantly. By choosing a few personalized fermented cocktails you will end up saving around $5-$10 per guest.

Main squeeze Moscow mule: 

-Soju rum
-ginger beer

Marry me Margarita: 

-Han soju Tequila
-blood orange puree

 Blushing Bride: 

-soju vodka
-port (some of our wineries offer AMAZING port)
-strawberry puree

So, it appears that alternatives to hard alcohol are spread wide and far. We are happy to assist with additional recipes and ideas that can be served at your Milestone Wedding.


About the author: Milestone Events Group is Northern California’s most experienced & largest event management company providing site selection services to multiple locations throughout Sonoma County. Over the past 5 years Milestone has helped hundreds of couples simplify the venue selection process by providing clarity, predictability and ultimately confidence for clients who work with them to evaluate wineries, ranches, and other locations for their private events.

After the venue selection process is complete, Milestone is also available to help produce events in a stress reduced and highly professional manner. 

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