Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Drinks to Help You Get Through Your White Christmas

Dreaming of a white Christmas??? Hate to say it, but we are dreaming of white sandy beaches about 1,000 miles south. In any case, we decided that incase your white Christmas dreams do not come true, or if your in-laws are working your nerves, the least we could do is to help you out with a few drinks to help you get in the mood!

White Christmas (also known as the White Cranberry Cosmo)
3 oz Vodka
1 oz triple sec
1 oz lime juice
2 splashes of White Cranberry Juice

Shake ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass & enjoy!!!

Snowflakes (hmmm, better known as the White Chocolate Martini)
1 Clear Crème de Cacao
1 1/2 Vanilla Vodka
1 1/2 White Chocolate Godiva Liqueur

This sexy little concoction can too be shaken in an ice filled martini shaker, and strained into a chilled martini glass. Bottoms up!!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Three's Company

We have three tasty drinks to wet your appetite at the work holiday party. Just don't drink too much, you don't want to be the topic of discussion around the water cooler on Monday!!!

Oh So Cran-tini
3 oz Cranberry Vodka
1 oz Triple Sec
1oz Lime JuiceSplash Cranberry Juice
We put a twist on the Cosmo. Plain vodka, out the door. Make room for the cranberry this holiday season! Shake all of the ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice. Pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with cranberries!

Hot Chocolate With 2 Kicks!
5 oz Hot Milk
1 oz Baileys
1oz Godiva Liqueur
1 oz Vanilla Vodka
1t Chocolate Syrup
a pinch of cayenne pepper
Did you get the memo? It's pretty cold outside. We have a tasty treat with a kick to warm you up!!! Mix syrup & hot milk, add vodka, Baileys, & Godiva liqueur, stir in a pinch of cayenne pepper. Garnish with marshmallows.

Orange Satin Take Me Away
2 oz Bacardi-O Rum
1 oz Cointreau
4 oz Fresh Squeezed Blood Orange Juice
Sue us, we couldn't really think of a name to give this lil' drink it's due. Get all of your vitamin C from this little gem of a cocktail. Serve on the rocks, or make it as a martini, both are quite delightful.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Giving Thanks For The Pumpkin Bowl

We’re just a few days away from what a client coined as the Turkey Party, and just like any “party” or day of thanks you plan on having, we want you to be fully prepared. Need something to go with that pumpkin pie? Want to wash down the pounds of turkey & mashed potatoes you plan on consuming. Try a cool Thanksgiving day spiked apple cider punch. For extra oooohs and ahhhs from your in-laws, carve and scoop out a pumpkin and serve the punch directly in your “pumpkin bowl”.

Have a happy & safe holiday.


One, Two Punch

1 large pumpkin, cleaned out, top removed
1 cup. Spiced Rum such as Captain Morgan
32 oz. Apple Juice
1 bottle Sparkling Apple Cider

Mix all the apple juice, sparkling cider and rum in a picture. Slowly pour contents into ice filled hallowed out pumpkin. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Have cinnamon sticks on the side for the garnish

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tis The Season

Our costumes are barely packed away from Halloween, but there is no time like the present to begin preparing for the holiday season, and around these parts, we LOVE to spread joy, cheer and merriment. One of our favorite ways of giving cheer is coming up with a tasty drink for you & your guests during the holiday season. We have a few to get you in the spirit!

Chilled Champagne
Chilled cranberry Juice

In a champagne flute pour about an ounce of cranberry juice. Fill the rest of the glass with cold champagne or sparkling wine. A good brand that’s easy on the pockets is Cristallino! Garnish with frozen cranberries. Cheers.

Chocolate Covered Mint-tini
1oz. Godiva Liqueur
2oz. Clear Crème de Menthe
2oz. Baileys
Splash of milk or half & half optional (for a less potent drink!)

In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the liquors, and optional ingredient. Shake & strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and chocolate shavings!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Mastering the Martini Party

Martini's are the new sexy. Below is a sample of martini's we made for a recent bridal shower this fall. In addition to providing the class instruction, glassware & package, we came up with a handy dandy post-card (front & back) that displayed the lovely betrothed couple on the front, and a list of drinks we would make that day on the back. Drink-up and enjoy!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tasty Black Drinks For Halloween

We’ve been diligently working in the lab and decided to give you more “drinks for thought” in honor of all of the costume parties your BFF will drag you to next week. Having a small soiree? These are great themed drinks, that will add mystery, fun and sexiness (we love that word) to the party.

Witches Brewtini
2 oz Black Vodka
3 oz Pineapple Juice
Top with Champagne

In an ice filled shaker combine the black vodka & the pineapple juice. Shake & strain into a chilled martini glass, leaving enough room at the top, to top with champagne.

Kiss of Death
2 oz Chambord
2 oz Black Vodka
Splash of Cranberry Juice

In an ice filled shaker combine all of the ingredients. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with cherry or twist of lemon.

Black Widow

3 oz Black Vodka
3 oz cranberry juice

This drink can be layered. To layer, pour the cranberry in a double rocks glass filled with first. Slowly pour the black vodka on top, using an inverted spoon (i.e. turn the spoon over so that the round part is facing up).

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Themed Drinks Are Sexy

Never have a dull drink again! That’s right, never ever ever. We have an easy solution to last year’s drink menu, that fell flat. Spice it up with themed drink names. Change that boring vodka & cranberry to an oh-so-fabulous name to match you event. Getting married, try naming your drink “wedding bells”. Turning 29 for the 3rd time? Name your drink, “3rd Time’s A Charm”. Having a baby? “Bun In The Oven, sounds way sexier than vodka & cranberry.

Here are some fun names some of our clients used in the past, to add a special touch to their event:

Dark Knight
The Wedding Cake
Liberty & Equality
The Kennedy
Red, White & Blue
That 70’s Show
Bouncing Baby
Baby Bottle
Your Name Here

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Never Have A Hangover Again...

Vitamins Before & After You Drink, The Secret To Keeping The Hangover Away...The Bartender2Go Hangover Cure

Most people would think you should stock up on water before and after you have a “funky good time” out on the town, which is good. However, your body doesn’t live on water alone! When you drink your liver, kidney’s, heart & every other organ is working overtime. Mainly your liver. Your body uses it’s potassium, and other minerals to try to rid it’s self of the toxins you consumed the night before. What’s your best bet??? Vitamins and of course water.

Before your first drink:
Take a super B complex vitamin, and be sure to be hydrated. Also for every two alcoholic drinks, drink water.

After your last drink:
Some people swear by Milk Thistle, which won’t hurt. You need potassium & B vitamins at this point as well, and plenty of water. Also dry toast to coat the stomach works wonders.

In the morning:
Drink warm water with the juice of a lemon to flush out the toxins from the night before. The lemon helps your liver to function and it gets your metabolism going. Although a greasy breakfast may sound good, it’s probably the worst thing you can do. Instead have a healthier breakfast, and be sure to include a banana in some form or fashion!

And remember to always have a sober designated driver...

Monday, October 12, 2009

To The Steeple...

This weekend Bartender2Go staff were commissioned to bartend for a repeat client at the Annual Morven Steeplechase Race!!! Aside from the six exciting races & bevy of riding boots and jockey’s. The guests enjoyed drinks, a few bartender specials such as the Mint Julep, Mojito, and Spiked A. Palmer, and of course we couldn't resist coming up with a new drink for a guest who wanted a drink, but hates the taste of liquor! So of course we put on our lab-coats, rolled up the sleeves & got to work! Try our new drink of week, the VA Beach Breeze (a play on the drinks Bay Breeze or Sea Breeze).

VA Beach Breeze

3 oz. Coconut Rum
Splash of Pineapple Juice
Splash of Orange Juice
Splash of Cranberry
Tiny Splash of Grenadine

Shake ingredients and pour over ice. For an extra kick, add a shot of Bacardi or Captain Morgan, and go onward to the races....

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Nostalgic Drinks, Invoke Summer Memories

Not quite ready to put away the flip flops and plaid shorts? Still daydreaming about your fabulous vacation, beach side, with crystal blue water lapping at the white sand beach, as you lay and sip your piña colada? Ok, maybe that’s just us, but well it’s fall, and what better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than with a new Bartender2Go drink? Try our new Pear Martini. It won’t restore summer, but it will restore your taste buds and get you ready for hayrides and warm cider! And if you are just not quite ready for summer to completely disappear, try our version of a spiked Arnold Palmer. Lemonade, ice tea and vodka never tasted so good! Don’t forget to schedule your bartender for the holiday season, it’s never to early!

The Bartender2Go Pear Martini

3oz Pear Vodka
2oz Pear Puree
Splash of sweet & sour

In a shaker with ice combine all of the ingredients. Shake. Pour into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a pear slice.

Spiked A. Palmer

3 ounces of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
3 ounces fresh squeezed lemonade

Pour ingredients over the rocks. Garnish with a lemon, and reminisce about summer.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bartender of the Month - Chandra

We pride ourselves in having exceptional service! We think all of our bartenders are great, and so do our clients.

During the month of September, Chandra put in 120%. While the boss was away, sipping pina colada's on a little Caribbean Island, known as the DR, Chandra handled two weddings in one day!

Chandra coordinated 10 staff members, worked directly with the wedding coordinators, and pulled a 15-hour day, all while keeping a smile on her face!!! Thanks so much Chandra for your hard work. We really appreciate you!

Here's what some of our other clients have said about Chandra:

Chandra exceeded every expectation. She was just perfect. We so appreciated you sending us your A team. We will use your service again and again. We are also struck by your attention to detail and guidance in helping up prepare for the event. I can't say enough good about your service. - Christine P.

Chandra was great! - Lesley Z.

Chandra and Alex were both incredible. It was the best service I've ever had, and you know it's always great. Thank you!!!! - Raina T.

Chandra was terrific! She was helpful, timely, pleasant and more. - Nancy F.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fall = Football & Fun Drinks

Fall is right around the corner and what is the best way to celebrate the changing of the seasons? A PARTY!!! Although you really don't need an excuse to throw a backyard get together or mini soiree, we would like to give you our top six reasons why you should throw a party this fall. While you're celebrating try the Touchdown, your taste buds will thank you!

6. Now that summer's over, it's ok to have a beer belly (it will keep you warm this winter!)

5. You have always wanted to throw a costume party and have one of our fabulous bartenders or wait-staff to come in costume!

4. Football season, need we say more?

3. The weather is great for outdoor/balcony mingling and an outdoor bar!

2. Because this year you are turning 29 for the third time!

1. Do you really need a reason!!!

Call or e-mail us today to reserve your bartender or wait-staff person and remember it's never to early to book us for the Holidays.

The Touchdown

3 parts Southern Comfort
2 parts Peach Schnapps
1 part Sweet & Sour
splash of grenadine
splash of cranberry juice

Combine all ingredients in a tall collins glass, or double rocks glass! TOUCHDOWN!!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

May Madness

While most Americans celebrate March Madness, we here at Bartender2Go celebrate May Madness!!! What's not to celebrate in May? We kick the month off with the Kentucky Derby (yea, Mint Julep!!!, see recipe below), followed by Cinco de Mayo! Let's not forget Mother's Day & Graduation!!! And Memorial Day rounds up the month! So in honor of the month of May, book your event during the week (Monday - Thursday) and receive 10% off your total in honor of May Madness!!!

Don't forget to book your June event now!!! Spots are filling quickly!!!


Mint Julep

1t. granulated sugar
5-6 sprigs of fresh mint Crushed Ice
3oz Kentucky Bourbon

Put mint, sugar, and a small amount of crushed or shaved ice into the bottom of a julep cup or tall glass. Muddle ingredients. Top with Bourbon & stir well. Garnish with mint sprig!!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Bartender2Go Started The Green Movement

Bartender2Go went "Green" long before the trendy green movement. And we are still green! We encourage recycling, the use of glass instead of plastic and we carpool or metro whenever possible!!

Let's not forget, we add plenty of green to your drinks!!! From fresh mint and ripe limes, to refreshing cucumbers, we keep it green. Try our new Cucumber Mojito and our Classic Mojito! Whatever you do, go Green!!! Don't forget to book your July, August & September events now!!!!
Bartender2Go"Keeping it Green"

Cucumber Mojito

1 cucumber thinly sliced
2 bunches of mint
1 (750ml) bottle of clear rum
8 tablespoons of sugar
4 ounces of fresh lime juice
club soda

Infuse Rum overnight: Let cucumbers, rum, 1 bunch of mint, sugar, and lime sit in a glass picture in refrigerator overnight. The next day shake & drain the rum into a different picture. When ready to serve pour infused rum over ice, add fresh mint and a cucumber slice and lime. Top with a splash of club soda. Makes 6-8 glasses.

Our Famous Mojito

8 - 10 Mint leaves
2 Tablespoons of granulated white sugar
1/3 Lime cut into wedges
2 Ounces of light rum
Club soda

With a wooden spoon or muddle, crush the mint, sugar & limes in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add rum, continue to muddle. Add ice, top with club soda & cover glass & shake twice or stir with a mixing spoon. Garnish with mint and enjoy!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Get Lucky, Bartender2Go Style

Lucky You!

We're not Irish, but we never pass up a great opportunity to celebrate our Honorary Induction into the Luck of the Irish Hall of Fame! Celebrate with us by drinking everything green, going green, and thinking happy green thoughts! While you're at it, try some of our favorite "green" drinks. Book your event between March 15th and April 15th and get a tax break in honor of tax season and everything Irish.

Drink One For Good Luck

4 Leaf Clover
Fresh Mint Leaves
1/2 Lime
2 T. Sugar
3 oz. Irish Whiskey
Club Soda

Take a hand full of mint, sliced limes, and sugar. Muddle ingredients in a highball glass. Add Irish Whiskey, continue to muddle. Add ice, and top with club soda and a lime garnish.

Irish Girl Scout (Girl Scout Cookie)
1/2 oz Green Creme de Menth
1/2 oz Kaluha
1/2 Bailey's Irish Creme

Combine ingredients in shaker. Shake and pour over into a rocks glass filled with ice. Add a girl scout cookie if you must!

Lucky Gal (Apple Martini)
2 oz Apple Pucker
2 oz Vodka
Splash Sweet & Sour Mix

Shake all ingredients in a martini shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a green apple slice & a kiss.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Bartender2Go Stimulus Plan

Now that the holidays are over and the Inauguration is a cold but warm and fuzzy memory, what's left to celebrate? The month of Love with Bartender2Go of course! Yes, we know, your Bailout package from Congress hasn't arrived yet, however, we are determined to stimulate your taste buds with our Love Potion. If that doesn't work, you can always fall back on the Bartender2Go Stimulus Martini. What, you need more motivation? Ok, since you insist, book a bartender or wait-staff person during the month of February and receive a free gift!
Whatever you do, make sure you share your Bailout Package with us!!!
Love Potion
6 fresh strawberries sliced
1 Tblsp. fresh basil thinly sliced
3 Tblsp. sugar
5 oz. chilled strawberry vodka
5 oz. chilled cranberry juice
2 chilled Martini Glasses

Combine the strawberries, basil, sugar & vodka in a martini shaker. Muddle with a wooden spoon until the sugar, basil, strawberries and chilled vodka are mixed well. Add the chilled cranberry juice to the shaker. Shake all of the contents together. Strain into chilled martini glasses. Be sure to add some of the basil and strawberries from the shaker to the martini glasses. Makes 2, enough for sharing! Enjoy!

Stimulus Martini
4 oz Tequila
2 oz Triple Sec
2 oz Lime Juice
4 oz Orange Juice
2 chilled Martini Glasses
Combine all ingredients in a martini shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into chilled Martini glasses. Serve to stimulate the economy...or your taste buds.