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Mixologist Hire

We have only gone and got a new Event Manager. We are delighted to bring on to the team Roster, James Meeking.

Dom has known James for a few years and they both worked together at The Crazy Bear in Beaconsfield so when we needed someone, we knew who to call.
James has now been with us for a few months and if you haven’t met him yet, I’m sure you will very soon.
To get to know the new lad James, pronounced with a silent J just like the Colombian football superstar, we asked him a few questions.

What’s your background in hospitality?
I’ve been working in hospitality for seven years now and have worked in hotels, cocktail bars and restaurants.

What do you like about events?
I love events because I’m always in new venues, meeting new people and making different drinks. It never gets old.

Favourite Drink?
My favourite drink is the old fashioned, a straight up bourbon drink flavoured with orange, cherry and angostura bitters, it takes a while to make but it’s worth every second.

What winds you up on events?
People chatting up my sister who is also a bartender and my bosses making things up about me.

We wish him all the best for all the challenges he will face, one being the fact he has to put up with myself & Dom.
If you need anything from James, please do email him, james@exquisite-cocktails.com

How do you throw the best office Christmas party?

Want a festive celebration for your staff or clients that’s a bit different this year? Find out why Exquisite Cocktail Masterclasses are the ideal Christmas party choice.

The office Christmas party is a wonderful way to show appreciation for employees and co workers. A festive celebration Christmas party with cocktails is definitely fun and colourful. An Exquisite Cocktail masterclass solves the conundrum of pleasing everybody as a cocktail party offers yummy drinks, entertainment and get-involved activities all rolled into one.

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Built In Success

The office Christmas party is a great time to celebrate that another year of success and growth and possibly challenges faced as a team has been shared. Cocktails are the mark of a special occasion that reinforces the message of more than just a ‘’good job’’ and is a memorable way to drink to all of those shared moment with the ‘second family’. Depending on the size of your company or department you can even add a branded bar and welcoming hostesses to mark the occasion and give your team the ‘special VIP treatment’.

Hands On Fun

Now this isn’t a reference to grabbing your colleague after the fifth champagne cocktail.  
Though quick fact for you, research shows that more than a million people have turned up to work the next day wearing the same clothes as the day before – doing the work ‘walk of shame’ after the staff Christmas party, so bring a bag of fresh clothes to the office and no one will be any the wiser!

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Now, imagine the scenario, it’s 10am Christmas day, the Christmas PJ’s are still on, the Turkey is roasting perfectly, and you turn to your loved ones with “Who fancies a lychee Martini, a classic Caipirinha or a Evergreen Swizzle?”  as you pull some mint leaves from your sleeve and crack some ice with your elbow.
These winter warmer cocktails go down nicely in all ways. An Exquisite Cocktails masterclass provides  the opportunity for everybody to get their hands on mixing, shaking, throwing and hopefully catching cocktails shakers and spirit bottles.

Exquisite Cocktails mixologist’s work for some of the biggest brands around the UK and Europe to entertain and showcase cocktails as premier experience. You’ll get to experience first hand some coaching from our expert mixologists as you share each other’s cocktail creations and learn thing or two about what makes a beautiful cocktail.

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Nothing To Prepare

Maybe you’ve been tasked with the job of ringing round bars, caterers, taking office Google polls on who likes traditional, buffet or Pizza, pinning taxi routes, hassling the boss for his credit card and quite frankly spending more time doing a good impression of Anne Diamond on ‘points of view’ as you skill-fully handle the good, the bad and ugly of ideas of office parties.

Well no need to put any ice cubes on as one of reasons why masterclasses are so naturally popular round this time of year is that Exquisite Cocktails bring everything for you. They bring the equipment, the drinks, the ingredients, the host, the set up AND deliver a fun that is an all inclusive experience. What a relief ! This year an office party that isn’t hard work!

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Santa is in town

Exquisite Cocktails prides themselves on Masterclasses that  guarantees office and team parties go down in company history as one of the greats! From 25 to 250 to 2,000 people, in the office or a special location they love to ensure that every masterclass will have your colleagues swept of their feet with laughter quicker than Santa can say “Take me to the stars Rudolph!”. Prices start from only £35pp to help you throw the best office cocktail party ever.  For further information on packages and services across the UK call Exquisite Cocktails on 01865 366 276 today. 

 

 

 

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Working events is what Exquisite Cocktails do best because they know that clients want to dress to impress when it comes to hosting their event and that includes everything from the canopies to the drinks. Having worked with many multinational and high-end brands for cocktail events they have become a customised to delivering bespoke packages so each event is met with totally unique solutions that bring the best out in creativity and experience.

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ISES UK AGM: The International Special Events Society UK (ISES UK) 2014 AGM. ISES is an association that provides a platform for the best practitioners in the creative event industry to connect and share ideas. The UK 2014 AGM is an opportunity to celebrate with awards and outline ambitious plans for the coming year. Exquisite Cocktails were asked for to provide a cocktail events  bar and entertainment service.

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 The Venue:

This year ISES UK AGM event was hosted at the London premier underground club ‘The Egg’. The venue is home to leading nights in house and electro across its three rooms and garden area. The club has a reputation for detail in music and decor and is a very sexy venue, perfect for delivering a fun and exciting cocktail experience.

The Service:

Exquisite Cocktails always work with their clients to understand the style of the event how best to utilise the venue space. With a proposal for the AGM, Exquisite Cocktails brought a full team to the ISES UK event to deliver the following : 

Hostess:

Two hostesses (twins) welcoming all and offering luxurious canapes such a bramble jelly served on decorative trays.

Flair Bar:

Exquisite Cocktails only work with fresh ingredients, providing an experience that’s creative and entertaining for all of their clients. The bar was hosted by two mixologists and two flairers serving a bespoke menu of drinks created especially for the night.

Gelato Bar:

Gelato, the Italian ice cream made in a traditional way, the bar ran with Exquisite’s own Gelato technician with a support team serving delicious alcoholic ice-creams and sorbets throughout the night.

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Cocktail Masterclasses

“Everyday is a school day” doesn’t get better than this as groups of twenty were expertly guided by an Exquisite Cocktails mixologist. Step by step, premier cocktails were made from fresh ingredients for the group to see how it’s done then have a go making it for themselves to enjoy, with very happy ‘students’ by the end each class.

Molecular Podiums

Creating exquisite cocktails is science as much as it is an art. Welcome to the science park of cocktails with the molecular podiums. This is where cocktails were deconstructed, with a mixologist serving members on the night as they got to play. At each podium they were enticed to taste, lick and pop all different elements of famous cocktails.

The Feedback

On the night the fun and experience delight the ISES members and organisers with so many stations of cocktail experiences. With many compliments on the night, the follow up on social media went wild with praise for Exquisite Cocktails providing such a memorable experience for all. ISES has since booked Exquisite Cocktails for their next event, there Halloween party on the 30th of October, where Exquisite Cocktails will be serving another ‘masterclass’ and serving ‘frighteningly good’ cocktails.  Don’t miss out on giving your event the very best, contact Exquisite Cocktails today on 01865 366 275 to find out more.

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We at Exquisite Cocktails are part of a group called “The International Events Society” or “ISES” for short. ISES put on monthly events for its members providing them with creative content, great opportunities to network, and above all, a bit of light mid-week entertainment. As members we like to do our bit, so organised the bar for one of the latest talks they were putting on at The Music Rooms in Mayfair. Working alongside Agogo’s Caterers who were serving some amazing African food, we put on a small menu of cocktails for all of the guests.

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Whilst listening to inspirational speaker and self-proclaimed “idea’s man” Shed Simove tell us how he once changed his name to God, and recount the tales of all the whacky yet successful inventions he has put to market, our bartenders served up a list of our favourite cocktails. We even took our flairer Chris along to provide some entertainment in between talks. The night was a great success for all involved.

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Chambers are one of the biggest corporate travel companies and we wanted to make their marketing reposition launch special, so we composed a menu of cocktails from around the world, pretty cliché? Maybe, but we turned some modern classics on their head. ‘Bramble jelly’ canapés took stage as our British contribution on the menu, along with a ‘Virgin Redhead’ and personalised ice cubes topped the ‘C.T Mojito’.

The event, held at the Ice Tank in Covent Garden, was split into two parts, designed to reflect the old and new branding of Chambers Travel. The guests arrived greeted with champagne, and no less than Veuve Cliquot: they were to drink this for an hour or so while the DJ played calm background music. This part of the evening was the old Chambers Travel, the brand that they had outgrown. Once the music stopped the speeches begun, explaining the rebrand and the new businesses that were incorporated as a part of it. The explanation was given and an electric violinist made her way through the crowd playing some rather more lively music than had been played initially: this was the cue for our flairers to start performing, and time to open the cocktail bar. The whole atmosphere had noticeably changed in an instant to one far more upbeat and excited much like the CEO’s aspirations for the company’s new identity.

Ably assisted by four lovely Virgin Cabin Crew we had been gifted as waitresses our bartenders served the guests drinks for the next two hours. They served everything from ‘CT Mojitos’ through to ‘Bubble Cosmopolitans’ with cranberry bubbles on the top, wowing the guests as they keenly propped up the bar.

The event ended at 9.30, at which point we were informed we had only an hour to clear up before the venue was to be cleaned for the next function. So we speedily packed up and made our way home satisfied that we had pleased all the guests we saw that evening.

Check out the video of some of our bartenders in action..

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A few months ago we received a call requesting a quote for a wedding that was to take place in the grounds of a castle in the heart of the Cotswold’s. Once the quote was sent we heard nothing for a couple of months. Much to our amazement, about six weeks before the wedding the phone went, it was the mother of the bride asking if we were still available for the big day and whether we’d be able to help out. Naturally we were flattered to be asked and said yes immediately.

We were told we would need to be there for the whole day; not only serving drinks for the evening party, but also to put our own twist on the champagne reception after the service. As soon as we arrived it was clear that the bride had gone all out on creating the wedding every girl dreams of; the castle was stunning, the wine and champagne selection was impeccable, and the entertainment was second to none.

As the 120 guests flooded out of the church they were greeted by a vintage wheelbarrow loaded to the brim with magnums of Pol Roger champagne on ice, glasses of which were being handed out on trays by an army of waiting staff. Right alongside were trays of our carefully made raspberry mojito’s and an encouraging number of the guests hit the cocktails early.

After two hours the guests were ushered in for dinner, this was our cue to prepare the bar for the evening. The colour theme of the wedding was ‘raspberry’ so we prepared all the ingredients needed to make a plethora of beautifully pink drinks while the guests enjoyed their food and sipped the accompanying vintage wines.

Once the speeches were done we were open for business and the guests wasted no time in ordering cocktails. Our bartenders didn’t move from their sections for the best part of two hours, constantly serving drinks at the guests. The band providing the entertainment for the evening were brilliant, performing an array of covers without massacring any of them. The only interruption to their set was a surprise performance from string quartet “Bond”, which was a performance that I don’t imagine will be forgotten in a hurry, Stunning… The music wasn’t bad either.

As we packed up and the guests left the bride came and offered us her thanks; a gesture that made the whole day all the more rewarding.

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