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Groom’s Corner: The Perfectly Stocked Bar

Allow us to introduce you to Jason, the newest guest blogger to The Bride Suite. Brought to us by the lovely ladies over at Eventity,  Jason is the voice behind their man blog. He’s funny, charming and honest and he offers great advice for your husband-to-be. Today’s topic is something most grooms will likely take an interest in: the bar! For more advice from Jason, hop on over to the Eventity Man Blog to see all his posts.


Wouldn’t it be great if everyone at your reception could sip on Grey Goose and Johnnie Blue?  Absolutely!  Unfortunately the vast majority of us are not marrying into the Trump family, so we need to figure out a way to please the masses and not look cheap at the same time.  Here is a blueprint to stocking an excellent wedding bar.

You need the essentials like vodka, gin, rum, bourbon, scotch and tequila.  The best way to find your happy medium is to go with known lower end brands that are recognizable and won’t empty your money clip at the same time.  A good lineup could look something like Absolut, Tanqueray, Bacardi, Jack Daniels, Johnnie Red and Jose Cuervo.  If someone still wants to complain, then promptly take them off your Christmas card list.  Here is the trick: Buy a few bottles of the good stuff; hand the bartenders a fat tip; and tell them that this is only for you.  They won’t do this for everyone, but the wedding party is usually acceptable.  Now you can keep the crowd happy and still drink in style while you show everyone your famous sprinkler moves and bellow out a perfect rendition of Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be.”


Tom Collins
2 ounces gin
2 ounces lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 dash bitters
1 cup ice cubes
1/4 cup cold club soda
1 slice lemon, for garnish

2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1 maraschino cherry
1/2 cup ice

Bottom Line
1 1/2 ounces scotch whisky
1 ounce sherry
3/4 ounce honey liqueur
1/4 ounce amaro ciociaro
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash angostura bitters

Dark N’ Stormy
2 ounces dark rum
8 ounces ginger beer
1 slice lime, for garnish

1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
1 1/2 ounces campari
1 1/2 ounce gin
2 or 3 ice cubes
Twist of lemon peel

Credits: Liquor Photos from BevMo. Drink photos from

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