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!

Top 10 Exotic Honeymoon Destinations For 2018

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 | Filed under: Exotic Honeymoon, Honeymoon Destinations, Honeymoon ideas | author: By Keith Sly,    

Exotic HoneymoonsNow that you’ve said, “I do,” it’s time to plan your romantic trip of a lifetime. Many couples incorporate their dream honeymoon into their wedding planning, and so the wedding planners at The Manor have the inside scoop on the top hot spots across the world. To give couples a global taste of what each destination has to offer, grab your passport and get whisked away to one of these top 10 honeymoon destinations for 2018.
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Best of Wedding Trends 2017

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 | Filed under: Best Of, Wedding Entertainment, wedding photography, Wedding Trends 2017 | author: By Keith Sly,    

Knowles-2017 Wedding TrendsAs the year winds down and more beautiful couples wed, other romances blossom, with some using the delighting time between the holidays and New Year’s Eve 2108 to announce an engagement. The wedding planners at The Manor reflect on a year filled with love and harmony as we bring you the best of wedding trends of 2017.
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Best of 2017 Wedding Tips

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Seasonal Wedding, wedding ideas, Wedding Planners, wedding planning, Wedding Trends, Wedding Trends 2017 | author: By Keith Sly,    

Knowles-2017 Wedding TipsAs the days wind down in 2017 and we approach 2018, The Manor reflects on all the happy newlyweds who tied the knot in 2017, and excited couples who plan to wed at The Manor in 2018. In 2017, our wedding planner delivered our readers popular trends and new takes on old traditions for you to enjoy.
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Everything You Need To Know About Engagement Ring Shopping

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 | Filed under: Engagement Ring | author: By Keith Sly,    

Engagement Ring ShoppingWhether you’re ready to drop down on one knee, or thumbing social media for dream ring ideas, shopping for the perfect engagement ring can be a challenging and stressful experience. After all, an engagement ring is a symbol of the deep, beautiful love and commitment between you and your partner, soon to be fiancé. So how can you best select the most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever purchase? They say pressure makes diamonds, and fortunately, wedding planners at The Manor, will help ease the pressure and best guide your decision to meet your partner’s expectations and your budget. The wedding planners at The Manor share everything you need to know about engagement ring shopping.
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Wedding Trends: Celebrating Cultures Around the World

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 | Filed under: Wedding Cultures, Wedding Trends, Weddings Around the World | author: By Keith Sly,    

Cultures Around the World
Every wedding represents the celebration of dedication and union of two individuals in love. But when two different cultures come together in holy matrimony, they bring unique traditions together. Whether you are marrying into a culture, or paying homage to your own, the wedding planners at The Manor highlight the following global cultures for couples to embrace and incorporate into their own wedding.
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How To Choose Your Wedding Venue

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 | Filed under: Wedding guests, wedding planning, Wedding Venues | author: By Keith Sly,    

Wedding VenueWhere you choose to hold your wedding ceremony and reception helps set the tone for your big day. Whether you dream of a beach wedding, a comfortable vineyard, or an elegant ballroom, the experts at The Manor want to share important factors to consider when selecting the perfect venue to celebrate your marriage.
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How To Plan Your Next Corporate Holiday Party

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 | Filed under: Corporate Events, Corporate Holiday Party | author: By Keith Sly,    

As the fall and winter seasons approach so does the whirlwind of holidays both with family, friends and in the workplace. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s, are all opportunities to add festivity and camaraderie to your office. Having office parties brings employees together, creates lasting friendships and boosts team morale. What better way to celebrate the holidays than with your coworkers? The event planners at The Manor offer the top trends and creative ideas when it comes to catering, décor, entertainment, and all the essentials necessary to plan any type of corporate holiday party.
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How To Have A Unique Wedding Guest Book

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 | Filed under: Guest Books, Wedding guests, wedding ideas | author: By Keith Sly,    

Guest Book
In a world inspired by thousands of creative ideas on social networks, the usual wedding guest book seems rather plain and boring. For your upcoming wedding, why not create a beautiful twist on a beloved tradition? The wedding planners at The Manor share creative ideas for how to collect signatures with these popular wedding guest book trends.

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Tips For Having A Flower Girl and Ring Bearer In Your Wedding

Friday, November 3rd, 2017 | Filed under: wedding ceremony, Wedding Trends | author: By Keith Sly,    

One of the most adorable parts of any wedding is the charming duo of a flower girl and ring bearer. Typically the age range most appropriate for a ring bearer or flower girl falls between ages 4 to 10 years old. However, weddings today showcase toddlers and even infants in these distinguished roles.

Having a flower girl and a ring bearer in your wedding includes planning, specifically deciding what outfits the little ones will wear, what they will carry, and any accompaniment to ensure children successfully make the trip down the aisle. The Manor has sound advice for how to make the walk down the aisle be a highlight of your wedding. Here are some tips and trends to best prepare the flower girl and ring bearer at your wedding for any given age.
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