Cocktails In The Country

1 year ago by in Alberta, General Tagged: , , ,

Country weddings, rustic settings and cocktails to match! Over the summer, we were invited to create a cocktail menu for a country wedding style shoot set on an acreage in the rolling foothills of Southern Alberta. While our drinks look good on camera, they taste even better in person. We want to share two of our favourite flavourful, masculine drinks from the day for you to try your hand at them too: the Smoke in Pears and the Dark & Handsome…and show off the dapper bar we had the pleasure of mixing behind too!

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Smoke In Pears

While Mad Men drank Old Fashioneds, real men kick it up one notch further with this modern twist on a classic cocktail. Sip on this dark aged rum, stirred in with pear syrup and smokey pear bitters with a scotch rinse.
2 oz aged dark rum
0.5 oz rich pear syrup
2-3 dashes Smokey Pear Bitters
0.25 oz a peaty Scotch
Directions: Rinse the inside of an Old Fashioned glass with the Scotch. Start by swirling this around more quickly in the bottom and then coating the sides. Dispose of any excess. In a mixing glass, stir together dark rum, rich pear syrup and Smokey Pear Bitters as you would an old fashioned cocktail. Strain over a large ice cube into the glass. Garnish with a pear slice.
Dark & Handsome
Move over MANhattan, Dark & Handsome’s just walked through the door. Reposado tequila, sweet vermouth, chocolate bitters and a touch of citrus make for a heady liquid aphrodisiac.
1.5 oz reposado tequila
1 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes chocolate bitters
Directions: Stir reposado tequila, sweet vermouth and chocolate bitters together with ice in a mixing glass. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist or cacao nib.

The full gallery was first featured on Wedding Chicks. You can view the full collection on their blog: Rustic Opulence Country Wedding Inspiration.

Finally, a huge thank you to all of the amazing vendors who participated in the photo shoot:

Photography: Paisley Photography (@paisleyphotography)
Cakes & Catering: Pie Junkie (@piejunkieyyc)
Cocktails: Spirit of the Wench (@spiritofwench)
Coordinators & Stylists: Nicola Osse Event Management (@nicolaosse) and Tables By Design (@tablesbydesign)
Flowers: Creative Edge Flowers (@creativeedgeflowersyyc)
Groom & His Men: Derks (@derksformals) and Ed Williams Menswear (@ewmenswear)
Hair, Makeup & Beauty: Kent of Inglewood (@kentofinglewood), Mane House of Hair (@manehouseofhair)
Jewelry: EVStenroos – Designer Jeweller (@evstenroos)
Lighting, Entertainment & Photo Booth: HiTech Productions (@hitechyyc)
Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Paper Panache (@paper.panache)
Rentals: Art of Vintage (@art_of_vintage), Chair Flair (@chairflair), Cheap Smokes & Cigars – Calgary West (@csandcigars), Modern Luxe Rentals (@modernluxerental), The Dish and The Spoon (, Wood Working by JL (@rusticrentalsbyjl)