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How To Have The Coolest Cocktail Hour

How To Have The Coolest Cocktail Hour with Galloping Gourmet

The post-ceremony drinks reception is now cool. We’ve taken the US tradition of cocktail hour and fused it with our favourite foods and celebratory drinks to bring a whole new look to your drinks reception. The key to creating the coolest cocktail hour around is to match your drinks to the food that you serve so that you create a really fabulous experience for your guests and their taste-buds.

How To Have The Coolest Cocktail Hour with Galloping Gourmet

At Galloping Gourmet, we know that the best weddings are the ones that really reflect the couple in question and there’s no better way to do that than with your wedding menu. Cocktail hour is the first time that your guests get to enjoy food and drink with you on your big day so let’s make it something super special. Choose food and drink combinations that suit you and suit each other – wedding menus work best when they’ve been thought out and cleverly paired to complement tastes.

How To Have The Coolest Cocktail Hour with Galloping Gourmet

Cocktail hour is also a great time to entertain your guests and it’s also the ideal time for them to mix and mingle. Interactive and interesting options for food and drink create conversation and help everyone to relax and enjoy the day. Combining your personalities and your favourite flavours with food and drink that creates a spectacle for your guests is the perfect recipe for a brilliant cocktail hour.

Our authentic woodfired pizza is a great treat for cocktail hour. Our chefs make the bread dough, roll it by hand and combine it with your favourite toppings before cooking it over wood charcoal in our unique, custom-built pizza ovens right in front of your guests. Would you choose a topping of spiced pepperoni and chorizo with mozzarella and roast garlic or how about grilled artichokes, sun-blushed tomatoes and piquillo peppers?

How To Have The Coolest Cocktail Hour with Galloping Gourmet

We’d pair our delicious pizzas with the Galloping Gourmet gin bar. Packed with a selection of premium gins including pink and fruit gins, your guests can add in their favourite tonics and botanical garnishes to create their perfect pizza partner.

How To Have The Coolest Cocktail Hour with Galloping Gourmet

If you’d like our rum bar as a centrepiece for your cocktail hour, why not pair this with spit-roasted rotisserie peri-peri chicken with wraps and coleslaw? Let everyone mix up a gorgeous rum cocktail with spiced, dark or white rums and juices, mixers and fruit garnishes before they make themselves a wrap with tasty meat straight from the spit. The tang of the peri-peri with the kick of the rum really is a perfect pairing that will have your guests’ mouths watering in minutes.

How To Have The Coolest Cocktail Hour with Galloping Gourmet
How To Have The Coolest Cocktail Hour with Galloping Gourmet

Finally, nothing says summer quite like a barbecue and our amazing firepit barbecues really give you the best of the season. Grilled chicken kebabs with salsa Verde, beef burgers grilled to order or a selection of sausages, all served in warm rolls with mustards, pickles and mayo, are delicious on their own but when they’re teamed with a freshly mixed mojito, the flavours really are taken to the next level. Fresh pineapple, strawberry or mixed berries muddled with white rum, lime, mint and soda make marvellous mojitos that absolutely are the best partner for barbecue.

How To Have The Coolest Cocktail Hour with Galloping Gourmet

If there’s a food that you love, talk to us about the best drinks to serve with your favourite dish. Our wedding menus are full of superb combinations so download our current menu now and start planning your wedding food and drink – we promise it will absolutely unforgettable.

Images courtesy of Paul Willetts Photography, Studio Rouge and Rebekah Robert Photography