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Our NJ Wedding Venues are Celebrating World Cocktail Week

May 6, 2016 | Posted in Food, Weddings

Our NJ wedding venues are celebrating World Cocktail Week! Naturally, the Crystal Ballroom team in Freehold, NJ is planning on celebrating with some of our delectable Signature Cocktails perfectly crafted (and taste-tested) for weddings and events!

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, we are dreaming of fruity, fresh, and fun beverages that are a perfect pairing for the summer sun! While there is nothing wrong with a classic cocktail, our summer-themed options are bursting with the fresh flavors of summer fruits. Our Very Cherry Martini incorporates cognac, cherry brandy, and orange liqueur with a splash of lemon and grenadine, topped with a cherry garnish. Next up, the Cucumber Limeade Cocktail! It’s a smooth, refreshing cocktail and a great way too cool down on a hot summer evening. The combination of rum, cucumber and lime juice, sparkling water, and simple syrup makes this one of our FAVES! Fire + Passion is a vodka based drink mixed with passion fruit and blood orange juice finished off with a red grapefruit garnish. Yum! Wrapping up our summer cocktail selections is a popular choice for warm weather – the Pina Colada! This summertime staple, is sure to please your guests and add a little extra fun to cocktail hour.

BONUS! Book the Outdoor Patio so guests can sip their cocktails while lounging and enjoying the beautiful summer weather!

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Springtime is all about being light and fresh, and our Crystal Ballroom cocktails will kick-off your epic wedding reception in style. The Rosé Crush Martini is a trendy twist on the ever-so-popular wine selection. It’s rosé with orange and cranberry juice and an orange slice garnish. Sweet, tart, and delicious! Looking for something a little more exotic? Then look no further than our Hibiscus Iced Tea Sparkler which combines hibiscus tea, honey, champagne, and a strawberry garnish. Our last two cocktails for spring include two tasty fruits of the season – our Pear Dazzler and Blackberry Bramble Bliss. The Pear Dazzler is a simple yet flavorful cocktail of champagne, vodka, pear nectar, and a hint of grenadine. The Blackberry Bramble Bliss on the other hand packs a punch! Gin, blackberry liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and a blackberry garnish is sure to wow your guests and their taste buds.

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Fall has some of the best flavors out of all the seasons! Apple, cranberry, cinnamon, pumpkin…drool! These cocktails are everything fall cocktails should be – simple, light, and perfectly sip-able in cooler weather. Honeycrisp Apple Sangria. Do we need to say any more?! Filled with honeycrisp apples, lemons, limes, orange blossom honey, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves soaked in cabernet sauvignon with apricot brandy, this cocktail includes ALL the flavors of fall. The Caramel Apple Martini is another cocktail that needs no introduction – it tastes exactly like its name! Made with vodka, ginger brandy, apple cider, and lemon juice and garnished with an apple slice. Our Apple Bourbon Bellini is not your typical sweet Bellini – it’s got some kick to it! We’ve mixed champagne and bourbon with apple cider, lemon juice, and a hint of cinnamon. Our Spiced Cranberry Sparkler will wrap-up our fall list, but it is definitely not one to be missed! This is a champagne based drink with cranberry, apple, and lemon juices finished off with clove spice.

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Whether there’s a foot of snow on the ground or its 90 degrees out on your wedding day, you simply MUST check out our list of winter cocktails. To start off, our French Kiss has been a favorite among our brides and grooms for years! With vodka, raspberry and orange liqueur, and a raspberry garnish, it’s easy to see why. It’s delicious and holds the perfect name for a wedding celebration. The Cinnamon Bun Martini is one of our newest cocktail concoctions, but it’s quickly gaining popularity. It’s made with creamy RumChata blended with cinnamon whiskey and garnished with a cinnamon stick. The Peppermintini is a marvelous cocktail around the holidays or anytime really! With vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps, cream, whipped cream, and a candy cane garnish, it’s rich, creamy, and bursting with peppermint flavor. Our last, but certainly not least winter cocktail is White Christmas Sangria. It’s a pinot grigio based drink loaded with granny smith apples, cranberries, and rosemary sprigs finished off the white grape juice and club soda.

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Lastly, our Bubble Bar is an AMAZING add-on that our couples and their guests have fallen in love with. This DIY champagne bar lets you create your perfect cocktail. It includes a dramatic carved ice sculpture display with holders for your bubbly selection of Korbel Brut, Korbel Sweet Rosé, and San Pellegrino. Top off your bubbly with a selection of juices/nectars and fruit garnishes including strawberries, oranges, grapes, raspberries, and blueberries.

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Crystal Ballroom and our sister NJ wedding venues have a long list of Signature Cocktails which are all available year-round, but if cocktails aren’t your thing we have other options to take cocktail hour to the next level! Be sure to check out our Craft Beer Flight Tasting Station, Devotion Vodka Ice Luge, Signature Wine Upgrade, or the Bottle Beer Upgrade.

Cheers!

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