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DIY Wedding Idea: Homemade Cocktails on Tap for Your Guests

It is often personal details at a wedding that make it most unique and memorable, and DIY-ing them can not only save you money but also give you fun and exciting projects to work on leading up to the big day.

cocktails served in one of Shakers on Wheels event

 

Here are the things you need to think about when planning to organise the beverages yourself at home wedding: 

 

  • Demographic: Gender, age, jobs, etc … will determine spirits, flavours, ABV, colours, glassware to use … 
  • What to serve: Gather some thoughts from your family and friends, do a poll maybe? But most importantly, make sure you can make you picked without hassle and they taste great! 
  • How much stock to purchase: Very tricky! Depends on the above, but you know your friends and family’s consumption better than I do ☺
  • What tools needed: Keep it simple, jars with taps, ice scoop and something to stir should be everything you need on your wedding day. 
  • Batching: Definitely the way to go if you don’t want to hire bartenders for the day. 
  • DIY station: Works great for mimosa with different flavours for example. Can get a bit messy and may require a bit of maintenance. (Topping up different juices, ice, cleaning etc …)
  • Glassware: Depends on drinks. Keep in mind, ladies love coupettes and fancy glasses, gents are more rocks/short glass kinda)
  • Ice cubes: You’ll need a lot of ice! Cocktails are so much better when cold! Large ice cubes are the best when it comes to cocktails (slower dilution) but you’ll mould to make some.
  • Garnish: Because looks matter! Edible garnishes look amazing and are pretty cheap. Dehydrated citrus are easy to make from your oven and look great! Fresh fruit would do just fine as well. 
  • RSA: Drink responsibly ☺

 

cocktails served

Tips for Making Better Batched Cocktails To Go:

  • Try to avoid fizzy ingredients as they become flat and affect the quality of your drinks
  • Do not place ice in the jars!!!!!!! Your awesome cocktail will get watery very quickly!! Set up an ice bowl with a scoop where guests can help themselves. 
  • Keep something to stir by the jars as some of the cocktails may “split”. (some could sit at the bottom, some at the top)
  • Have a sign on the station naming the drinks
  • If using fresh juices fruit etc … be careful they don’t get warm as they may turn. 

 

If you are looking for something interesting to learn about, check out Shakers on Wheels’ masterclass on cocktail mixing. 

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What our Client says:

T R
T R
2024-02-12
SOW were a huge hit at our son’s engagement party!!! Absolutely blown away by the ambience they created and the cocktails were amazing! The guests were blown away and are still talking about SOW. Thank you to Jordan and his team, you honestly went above and beyond. ❤️
Luke
Luke
2024-02-01
I used SOW for a backyard birthday party and we were lucky to have Jordan himself on the night. He was very friendly, professional and easy to deal with throughout the whole experience. He also did an amazing job despite the heat! The bar set up was nice and the cocktails were so smooth and delicious and definitely a hit with everyone.
Peter S
Peter S
2024-01-17
Jordan was quick to respond to our initial enquiry and more than happy to assist, finding the best options for our event. We had a fabulous night with Marty the van. Bartenders, Julian and Kayla were fantastic! Top marks to Julian for his driving skills, placing the van exactly where we envisioned it. Many of our guests were very impressed and asked how we found you. We were sure to pass on your details to them. Thanks for helping Here are some photos from the night. Jo & Pete
Stefan De Silva
Stefan De Silva
2024-01-08
Jordan & the staff helped make our Wedding Day magical. Jordan answered all my questions, took multiple phone calls and put my mind at ease. The bar staff, particularly Oliver and Julian were exceptional. They went above and beyond, read the room, engaged with our guests and contributed to making our wedding a success. They communicated well, ensured everything was smooth and seamless. We would definitely use them again!
Adam Hopkins
Adam Hopkins
2023-12-15
Shakers on wheels were brilliant. The drinks were all delicious and the staff were super professional. All of my guests commented on how good the cocktail team were! Thanks Jordan
Ebonie Boreham
Ebonie Boreham
2023-12-10
Absolutely delighted to express my gratitude to Shakers on Wheels for adding an extra dose of joy to our work Christmas party! Their service was nothing short of exceptional, and their skillful mixologists crafted the most delightful drinks that elevated our celebration to a whole new level. Thank you, Shakers on Wheels, for making our day unforgettable with your outstanding service and fabulous beverages. Cheers to a fun-filled and memorable experience!
Jazmine Zebic
Jazmine Zebic
2023-10-16
Wow! We recently had Julien and Anais for my sister’s surprise 30th birthday party. They were truely amazing! They created a fun and friendly atmosphere and kept our guests happy all night long. All cocktails were absolute delicious and we had compliments all night. We would definitely hire them again and highly recommend to all! Thank you once again for the special night!
Georgia Culibrk
Georgia Culibrk
2023-09-19
Jordan and Julian provided the most professional services for my 40th birthday at home. The cocktails were delicious and everyone loved the atmosphere they created. Best decision have a mobile bar at home. Their set up and pack up was spotless. Thanks so much guys !
Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson
2023-08-28
I arranged Shakers On Wheels for my 30th party at my home and I honestly can say it was the best decision I could have made! The cocktails were lux and delicious and worth every penny! The set up and service was outstanding and the guests and I loved it! If you're considering using this company for your next event I highly recommend. Jordan and the team were so easy to talk with, provide quotes and information and made the night a smooth process. Thank you so much and I'm still recovering from the hangover 🤣🥰
Alexane Mongreville
Alexane Mongreville
2023-08-14
I worked with Jordan and Oliver for a Fragrances & Cocktails Masterclass on behalf of Libertine Parfumerie. We hosted this event at Myer, for our VIP customers. Oliver was perfect during the event, took care of 26 customers and made 6 different cocktails to match 6 fragrances. We planned the event with Jordan, who helped me a lot with the recipes for the cocktails and was very good at communicating. Thank you again for this successful event! I would recommend Shakers on Wheel to everyone :)

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