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Drink Slingers Event Bartenders
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Event Bartenders in Austin, Texas and surrounding areas
Event Bartenders in Austin, Texas and surrounding areas

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We are headed into wedding season! We are putting the final touches on our new and improved beverage list, thinking about cocktails & mocktails that are refreshing and invigorating. Fruits, juices and of course, bubbles! Just in time for spring.

Photos by: Lisa Hause
Venue: One Eleven East
Bar by: 10th Collection Event Rentals
Flowers: Gypsy Floral and Events
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We had a great time at the Austin Monthly February Fling issue release party! Thanks to Austonian Whiskey, Hilmy Cellars and Twisted X Brewing for providing the libations. In celebration of love and dating we designed the following cocktail:

Something More
*Austonian Whiskey
*SoCo Pomegranate ginger beer
*POM pomegranate juice
*Fresh lemon juice

Happy Valentines Day!
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The Winter Sparkler

This cocktail was designed by our mixologist Lucy Rose and has been a very popular drink this holiday season. We think you will love it too!

INGREDIENTS

• 1/2 oz limoncello

• 1 oz pomegranate juice

• 1/2 oz cranberry juice

• Sparkling wine

• Rosemary sprig for garnish

• Gold sugar rim (optional)

PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

Lightly moisten the rim of a champagne flute with simple syrup and dip in sugar. Layer the first three ingredients into the glass. Fill to the top with sparkling wine and garnish with a rosemary sprig, sip and savor!
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This is next week! Get your tickets now before they are all gone (part of the proceeds benefit Long Center). We will be there slinging drinks with spirits from Beam Suntory!
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A chat with wedding coordinator Jessica Ryan

We love Jessica Ryan of 3 of Cups Events! And since we are embarking upon wedding season we thought it would be fun to sit down with Jessica and have a chat about what she does so well - wedding planning.

How did you get started planning weddings/events?

"I started my career over a decade ago in New York City while assisting filmmaker Leah Meyerhoff (Director of "I Believe in Unicorns"). I produced the release party for a music video she had directed. The video's cast performed live at the event - we had burlesque dancers, drag cheerleaders and fire breathers. I have a theater degree and so I applied my production and stage management skills towards coordinating the event. And while it was my first stab at promoting a public event, it got a lot of publicity. It all came full circle a decade later when Meyerhoff's film debuted at SXSW in Austin and I produced her unicorn-themed after party. Since that first event, I have produced everything from vaudeville cabarets to thematic costume parties, which have earned mentions in the New York Times. But now I almost exclusively plan weddings."

How much of the design aspect are you involved in?

"It's really fun to work with clients who are looking to do something a bit more out of the ordinary. I had a couple who wanted to have a Surprise Wedding. They staged a fake elopement on social media and invited everyone to their "Reception Party". It was fun to stage the ceremony and surprise the guests in that way. To add to the fun, we also featured a face painter, put on an improv show and brought in live alpacas!

My approach to designing with a wedding client is practical. I create the overall layout design and outline the rental items. From there, my clients have the option to contract with Coley Jackson on the other side of the company - 3 Of Cups Design + Florals. She creates the aesthetic experience that our clients want, based on an inspiration board that they create with Coley.

When we produce events with themes we can really get creative in collaborating with our clients. In addition to being a Wedding + Event Planner with 3 Of Cups, I am also Director of Events at a The Sanctuary Event Space. Our most recent open house theme was NORDIC LIGHTS. We projected lighting throughout the canopy of the Santctuary's beautiful live oak trees to make it look like the Northern Lights and we partnered with Euphoria Fest on a styled shoot for this event. Euphoria will be using the photos to promote weddings at this year's festival where Coley will be representing 3 Of Cups by installing a ceremony site. 3 Of Cups plans to have more open house events this summer, so stayed tuned to 3 of Cups on Facebook!"

What kind of personality does it take to be a successful planner?

"It takes all kinds! You have to be very organized, be able to prioritize, and be adaptable to all types of personalities and situations. You have to be able to remain calm when things get stressful, to delegate tasks to staff and vendors, to think things through and to be prepared for anything. You have to be a leader and communicate effectively so that people will trust you. I can't say that I am the best at any of these things; I do make mistakes but I learn from them and always strive to be my best."

What is the most important piece of advice you give to couples in planning their big day?

"I always encourage my clients to take at least 10 minutes of Alone Time after their ceremony. Families and friends want to show their love and wish them well throughout the entire reception which means that they really don't get a chance to be alone. It's so important that couples (whether they be Bride and Groom, Bride and Bride, Groom and Groom, etc.) remember why they planned the wedding in the first place - because they wanted to get married. The wedding is just the first day of their lifetime together. Taking just a few moments to embrace and breathe (or makeout!) is more important than any wedding-budget line item. For more of my advice, your readers can hire me as their Wedding Coordinator ;)"

If you would like to consider Jessica as your wedding coordinator, you can contact her here.
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Another 5 star YELP review!

"I've worked with Drink Slingers as a fellow event professional and I've attended events as a guest while they were "slinging" drinks! Guests and myself have enjoyed their impeccable customer service and their fun, friendly staff. Their signature cocktail recipes are delicious and original! Excited to work with them more in the
future and hope to attend an event they will be serving up delicious cocktails!"

Thank you, Lisa!


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Drink Slingers is looking forward to slinging drinks for the Step Onward Foundation Holiday party on Saturday, November 5th!

Step Onward is community-based organization dedicated to helping provide healthcare, education, career training and job placement to young adults who have survived homelessness. They have helped young adults who have left the streets in order to begin cultivating a more fulfilling life.
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Drink Slingers Event Bartenders Featured in Yahoo Weddings

Sabrina Rojas Weiss of Yahoo Style called our office yesterday and interviewed Drink Slingers co-owner Nannette Taft about our best practices in avoiding guest drunkenness at weddings.

Weddings can be awkward for some folks, and the easy solution is often to hit the bar ... again and again. This can be disastrous for not only the guests but the bride and groom, so it's in everyone's best interest if the bartenders can keep drunkenness to a minimum.

Today the article was published. Here is an excerpt:

1. Limit the bar options

The main thing you have control over from the start is what you offer and when. “The best way to avoid having people get too drunk is to not have a full bar,” Nannette Taft, co-owner of Drink Slingers bartending service in Austin, tells Yahoo Style. Taft has a “no shots” policy at her events. If you really want to be conservative (and thrifty), you could keep the offerings down to beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages. To that, you can usually add a couple of specialty cocktails to make things feel a little more, well, special.

If you’re offering a limited cocktail menu, remember that martinis are pure alcohol, and it’s probably unwise to offer nothing but straight liquor before anyone has eaten. A safer but equally delicious bet is something mixed with juice or soda and served on ice, Taft advises.

You can read the full article here.
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Looking for Bar Services in Austin and Don't Have a Trustworthy Referral? Look No Further Than Yelp!

We do parties of all kinds - from small intimate gatherings to large scale corporate events and festivals. We do weddings of all shapes and sizes for people of ALL identities, we do birthday parties, bachelor & bachelorette parties, bar & bat mitzvahs, pool parties, housewarming parties and any other kind of celebratory occasion you can consider.

With all that said, don't take it from us that we provide excellent service at every turn. Instead, turn to our clients for help in making a decision about who would be the very best bar service provider for your event.

Here is one of our most recent reviews on Yelp:
*(Click here to see them all!)

"Sadie and her team of Drink Slingers provided exceptional service. Our wedding had a few logistical obstacles that Drink Slinger's quickly overcame prior to our event. During our wedding reception, Drink Slingers created and served delicious signature cocktails. The bartenders always had a smile on their faces, were very nice, and provided a very stylish bar set up!

The drinks and service provided by Drink Slingers was exceptional. We are very happy to have selected Drink Slingers for our special day and we highly recommended them for any special occasion where great libations are a must!

Thanks again!! G+M 6.10.16"

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Some of Our Favorite Summer Cocktails

It's the end of summer, which means one thing - It's still HOT out there!

But our Austin bartenders can keep you and your guests cool and comfy with these specialty cocktails from the Drink Slingers repertoire!

Blueberry Basil Gimlet
Vodka, blueberry basil syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice, soda water and a basil or lime garnish
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Watermelon Cocktail
Tito's Vodka, fresh watermelon juice, freshly squeezed lime juice, ginger beer and a lime garnish

French 75
Gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup and champagne

These aren't all of our offerings, of course. Just some of our favorites! Contact us for a quote for bar services, and to discuss drink options for your summer party!
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