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Top Cocktail Trends For 2018

Thursday, January 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Dinner, Wedding Drinks | author: By Keith Sly,    

CocktailsWhether celebrating a business deal, toasting to a milestone or romancing your loved one, there is a signature cocktail for every occasion. Each year, mixologists and bartenders concoct new delicious beverages as well as add their own twist to old standbys. From trends in skinny cocktails, muddled flavor infused to frozen cocktails, sit down and pour yourself a glass, as the event planners at The Manor share the top cocktail trends for 2018.

The Skinny On Low-Calorie Cocktails

Shaken? Stirred? Cocktail trends for 2018 feature virtually every signature cocktail without having to drink away countless calories. During those chilly winter nights ditch the traditional apple cider and switch to a spiked beverage. The Skinny Cinnamon Apple Champagne Martini is a perfect seasonal, low-calorie option combining champagne, apple vodka, and cinnamon whiskey. These drinks are not particularly sweet, which allow you to add a dash of simple syrup made with Sweet n’ Low. For additional sweetness, muddle apple slices to add to your glass.

Instead of the go-to vodka and tonic, opt for a more flavorful Skinny Strawberry Mojito made with fresh muddled mint and sweet cut strawberries, Stevia, light rum, and club soda, garnish this cocktail with a lime. This is a delicious and refreshing drink perfect for the upcoming summer season.

Light liquor options can also mean limiting the amount of alcohol in a beverage. To cut calories, it is important to use caution as the following liquors are calorie kings filled with sugar: Schnapps’, Triple Sec, Crème De Menthe, Bacardi 151, Wild Turkey, bourbons, whiskey, Cognac, Champagne, Gin, Vodka, pale ale beers, lager beers. A general rule of thumb is that hard liquors tend to contain more calories, approximately 80-97 calories per shot, more so than wine or beer, which can range greatly.

Coffee Infused Cocktails

Food manufacturers infuse coffee in almost everything from energy drinks to ice cream. Bar and spirits experts predict that coffee flavored adult beverages will gain popularity in 2018. Espresso martinis are a tasty coffee-flavored cocktail that will never go out of style. To create the perfect coffee martini, shake coffee beans, coffee-infused vodka, Kahlua, espresso, and ice together in a shaker.

For a fancy delicacy on your palette try a Brazilian national cocktail called “The Caipirinha”. A classic Caipirinha features a spirit called Cachaça, which is a rum-like spirit made from fermented sugar cane juice and infuses fresh coffee beans for 24-hours to achieve the best taste.

Coffee drinkers do not have to rely on the bartender to enjoy a sweet beverage. Consider adding a dash or shot of the following cordials to your coffee cups: Café Patron, Frangelico, Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Amaretto, Butterscotch Schnapps’ and Grand Marnier. But perhaps the best way to mix in liquor is to add a frothy foam, whipped cream, half and half, drizzle butterscotch, caramel or a drop of vanilla essence.

Infusing Wine Into Frozen Cocktails

The 2017 trend of the blended “Frosé” a frozen rose, swept bars and beach bars across America this past summer. Experts believe this adult slushy will be a staple to quench thirsts for summer 2018. To make your own Frosé, select a dark bodied rose to freeze in a pan. Keep in mind the color will fade and it will become diluted once frozen. Next, boil ½ a cup of sugar with 8 ounces of strawberries before covering and putting aside to chill.  Mix in 2.5 ounces of lemon juice and add 1cup ice into a blender with the frozen rose, sugar/strawberry mixture, puree and enjoy. Similarly, fruity frozen cocktails like strawberry and lime daiquiris and Margaritas will impress and refresh this coming year.

Creating Unique Pairings with Hard Liquor

A top trend for 2018 includes creating a multi-sensory experience in food and alcoholic beverages. While it is common to pair wine with artisan cheeses, new spirit trends will begin pairing Tequila with oysters, Gin with a prawn cocktail, Whisky with beef, Rum with pork, and Vodka with caviar. Pairing specific hard liquor cocktails with signature foods or even cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres to create an over the top and memorable dining experience.

Choosing Your Perfect Cocktail

The event planners at The Manor are sure to think of every last detail for your upcoming event including a specialty his and her cocktails for your wedding, wedding cocktail party tips, a company cocktail for a business lunch, or a Mom-mosa for a baby shower. Consider any of these 2018 cocktail trends when our dining or when bartending a party in your home. Cheers!

Wedding DIY Table Settings

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 | Filed under: Wedding Décor, Wedding Dinner, Wedding DIY Tips, wedding planning, Wedding Trends | author: By Keith Sly,    

DIY Wedding Table SettingsMost people planning a wedding know that weddings can become expensive quite easily and quickly. But if you are looking for a way to cut costs, or simply craving to express some crafty creativity, then consider incorporating some DIY for when you tie the knot. Tired of tableware that looks like a million bucks and easily could be? Whether for your wedding reception dinner or your rehearsal dinner, show guests your decorative talent by incorporating a heartfelt and personal touch to each place setting and creatively bring your design theme together. The Manor has crafted the best DIY ideas to make your wedding truly one of a kind. Get your hot glue gun and scissors ready, as we bring you our Wedding DIY Table Settings blog!
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Top Trends in Menu Cards

Thursday, February 18th, 2016 | Filed under: Wedding Dinner, wedding menu, Wedding Trends, Wedding Venue’s Chef | author: By Keith Sly,    

Top Trends in Menu CardsWhen your guests arrive at their beautifully-appointed tables in your wedding ballroom, they’ll be delighted to see – in addition to the beautiful centerpieces and place settings you’ve chosen – wedding menu cards revealing the cuisine they’re about to enjoy. Among the top wedding trends of 2016 are gorgeously-styled wedding menu cards designed with as much artistry and style as wedding invitations.
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Wedding Trends 2016: Wedding Cakes

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 | Filed under: Wedding Cakes, Wedding Dinner, Wedding Trends 2016 | author: By Keith Sly,    

Wedding CakesOur wedding couples have brought into our wedding ballrooms some spectacular cakes over the years, and we must say that the 2015 wedding cakes have been especially superb in design (and taste, judging by our many wedding guests’ rave reviews!)

The huge, towering wedding cakes of the past have been brought down to four or five tiers this year, each spectacular decorated as standout focal points in our wedding ballroom, with specialty lighting illuminating them. So they really are quite breathtaking as part of the initial Wow Factor when guests walk into the room.

We looked ahead at some of the leading wedding cake trends for 2016, and we still see that the four- or five-tier wedding cake is in high demand. Here are some additional wedding cake trends to inspire you: Read more…

Wedding Trends 2016: Wedding Menus

Monday, July 20th, 2015 | Filed under: Wedding Dinner, wedding menu, Wedding Trends 2016 | author: By Keith Sly,    

Wedding MenusWedding couples know that their guests are savvy foodies with an appreciation of fine cuisine and a sophisticated palate. They also know that wedding guests fully enjoy comfort food, sliders, and short ribs. So the big trend in wedding menus for 2016 is a blend of elevated cuisine like a perfectly-cooked Chateaubriand and chef-elevated comfort foods like mac n cheese (elevated by adding in lobster, goat cheese or the finest truffle oil.) A good rule of thumb for a wedding menu is offering dishes that guests don’t cook for themselves very often, and offering dishes that guests have never seen like this.

Here are the top wedding menu trends for 2016: Read more…

Top Trends in Personalized Groom’s Cakes

Thursday, September 25th, 2014 | Filed under: Wedding Cakes, Wedding Dinner | author: By Keith Sly,    

Top Trends in Personalized Grooms CakesIn addition to designing your beautiful, custom wedding cake, you may also choose to design a second, special cake. The groom’s cake tradition has been around for years, and today’s wedding couples have kept it as a top wedding idea, since it is a fun and delicious way to further personalize their wedding day.
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Culinary Trends for Wedding Desserts in 2014 and 2015

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 | Filed under: reception planning, Wedding Dinner | author: By Keith Sly,    

Culinary Trends for Wedding Desserts in 2014 and 2015The best New Jersey weddings end with spectacular desserts. Guests have feasted on your sumptuous wedding menu throughout the event, but they always make room for desserts, especially with the new top trends in wedding cuisine offering so many tasty options. In fact, some couples love the idea of dessert variety so much that they may skip the grand wedding cake and just offer a dessert buffet or Viennese table covered with sweet indulges that make their wedding unforgettable. Read more…

Advantages of Evening Weddings

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 | Filed under: dream wedding, reception planning, Wedding Dinner, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    

When you first start looking for the best wedding venue in NJ, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is: ‘will you have a daytime or evening wedding?’ In addition to availabilities and price, there are important factors regarding the look and feel of your wedding to consider:

To help you make your decision, we share some of the top advantages of evening weddings: Read more…

Wedding Receptions: Formal Sit-Down Dinner vs. a Buffet

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 | Filed under: Party Planning, Style Alert, Wedding Cocktail Party, Wedding Dinner, wedding dinner party, wedding menu, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    
Wedding Dinner

Fine dining in the Terrace Lounge

The question, “Which is better for a wedding reception, a sit-down wedding dinner or a buffet” can only be answered by you. The two styles are different, but each offers elements of indulging your wedding guests with the finest wedding menu items. Your personal decision on which style of wedding dinner serving style depends only on how you’d like your guests to delve into their delicious wedding fare.

A sit-down wedding dinner, of course, consists of several plated courses served to your seated wedding guests. You select from a first course, perhaps a soup, salad, entrée, perhaps an intermezzo, and each course is brought to your guests’ tables, with friendly, experienced wedding servers bringing guests the entrees they desire. Read more…

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