Cocktail Mix Delivery Day!

We love delivery day. About once or twice per year a bulk order of cocktail mixes is made from our preferred vendor, Swirled Ice. Swirled Ice is based out of Houston, Texas. Because of nasty weather in Texas the shipment was delayed but it finally arrived. I drive out to the FedEx receiving facility to pick it up. The shipment full-filler places cocktail mix pallet right inside my vehicle and I drive off.

This cocktail delivery order has a bunch of the top three sellers (Margarita Gold, Strawberry Daiquiri, and Pina Colada), but also a variety of others flavors. This year I ordered a lot more Lemonade as they are really good with Vodka and a lot more people have been asking about good mixes to use with Vodka. There is also Mojito, Hurricane, Mudslide, Rum Runner, Sangria. Also a bunch of other kid flavors that are great for making slurpees. I look forward to a season using these mixes in the margarita machines!

How to Murder a Margarita

There is Literally Hundreds of Ways to Make a Margarita

The one variable that will never change is the quality of the Tequila that you use. Tequila is made from the Blue Agave plant thats natively grown in Jalisco and certain other areas of Mexico. The leaves of the Blue Agave plant are stripped and the core, also called the Pina, are heated and pressed. Its the juices from this Pina that are distilled into the Tequila you are drinking. Tequilas that are not 100% blue agave are referred to as Mixtos. Mixto Tequila can have up to 49% non agave sugars and sweeteners. Much of the time, these other sweeteners are cheap cane sugars and even worse, chemicals and dyes are added to make it look and taste like 100% blue agave. Hence when you need salt and lime to take these awful liquors down. If you had a bad experience in college, its probably because you were drinking really bad tequila.

COVID 19 and Weddings

How COVID 19 has Changed Wedding Receptions

There is no doubt that last year (2020) was awful for couples getting married. Big crowds were banned, masks were mandated and family gatherings were frowned upon. 2020’s pandemic has and will probably change what the wedding reception will look like in 2021. Rather than massive venue receptions that can entertain hundreds of guests, this year we will most likely see more intimate venues getting used. These more intimate venues can be the more traditional Hampton Roads wedding venues such as The Historic Post Office, The Main and other big hotels but slightly watered down with crowd numbers. However, whats more likely is these receptions are moved to residential properties where small crowds can comfortably gather in a backyard or large house. The cost is cheaper and the crowd size is safer.

While Life of the Party has brought Margarita Machines to the big traditional venues in Hampton Roads, where our services are of tremendous value are these residential receptions. Typically, the budget is a bit smaller and there isn’t as much outside help with things like servings cocktails, running food, etc. We have seen first hand how convenient it is and how relived families are when they can set up a slushie machine in the house or backyard and there is no need for someone to manually mix cocktails, blend ice or staff a bar.

The Double Bowl Drink Machine is especially perfect for this as it can hold and operate two different mixtures at the same time. You could either have something like Strawberry Daiquiris on one side and Margaritas on the other or have any alcoholic drink you prefer on one side and a virgin drink on the other.

If you’re considering an backyard or residential venue for your reception this year, please consider reaching out to us to make your special day convenient and within budget.