Our bar plan for the wedding is to serve beer, wine, white sangria, and a signature cocktail. I found this recipe and tried it last week.
Unfortunately, it tasted exactly like cough syrup. Clearly we needed to do extensive experimentation. To avoid alcohol poisoning, we invited many friends over and had the best impromptu party ever!
I made three white sangria recipes and let them chill and soak up the fruit flavors while we tested punch. We ate cheese and crackers and pita with hummus and our favorite food in the world, toum (whipped garlic), and when we got really drunk moved on to mini pizzas and tacos.
By the time we got to the sangria, we were pretty tipsy, but luckily one of the couples we invited are avid wine people and were able to offer much advice about what kind of wine to use. Extra helpful because I almost never drink white wine myself — I'm a red girl.
We all agreed about which recipe was best: Pinot Grigio, apple liqueur, sugar, lots of chopped strawberries, green grapes, and apples, and a few slices of lemons and limes.
Friends who will all be at the wedding but don't know each other well got to hang out ahead of time. We used all sorts of gifts from my Cocktail Hour shower last month. It was all totally spontaneous and fun and also completely productive! We have our drink plan settled and one more thing crossed off the to-do list!
I strongly recommend hosting such a party if you have recipes to test.