The Wedding Salon Bridal Expo

Posted by: on November 26, 2013

Earlier this month the Wedding Cocktail Design/The Cocktail Guru team set up shop at Metropolitan Pavillion for the Wedding Salon Bridal Expo.

We had a great crowd, and mixed up some terrific specialty wedding cocktails.

Our lovely bar, designed and built by Flowerful Events, was the perfect fit for what we were doing.

Pics are below.

Check us out in Jan and Feb at the Southern New England Bridal Expo and Newport Wedding Expo.  We’re busy wedding cocktail bees!

Thank you to our brand partners:

Monin Gourmet Flavorings, Wild Hibiscus Flower Co.., POM Wonderful, The King’s Ginger, Luxardo, Anchor Distilling Co., Van Gogh Vodka, Molinari Sambuca Extra, Bellinda Prosecco, Vision Wine & Spirits, and The Edrington Group


Cocktails to be served this Weekend @ the Southern New England Bridal Expo

Posted by: on January 2, 2013

It’s that time of year again – the time when hundreds of wedding professionals and curious bride and groom-to-be’s alike assemble into the Providence Convention Center in Providence, RI, for the Southern New England Bridal Expo.

Sunday January 6th will be a day to remember – it always is.

This year our table will be bigger and better than ever, thanks to our beverage brand partners: Esprit de June liqueur, Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, Ron Abuelo Rum, Van Gogh Vodka, and Tap 357.

Below is just a sneak peek of the drinks we will be offering for guests to sample.  Hope to see you there:

Summer Wedding

Esprit de June liqueur,

white peach puree, Rose champagne,

fresh sage

Winter Punch

Chai tea-infused Ron Abuelo rum,

fresh lime juice, POM juice,

agave nectar, cranberries


The Spa Treatment

Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry vodka,

Fresh lemon juice, fresh mint,

Ginger beer, fresh cukes


Whiskey-Spiked Iced Coffee

Tap 357 Maple Whiskey,

Coffee Syrup, Milk, Cinnamon

Hot & Spicy Wedding Cocktails

Posted by: on August 7, 2012

These drinks are sure to keep that spark alive:

Avery Island Bloody Mary

by Jeff Pogash

Yields: 1 serving, 9 ounces

In a large mixing/pint glass, combine the following ingredients by stirring:

4 oz. Tomato juice
4 oz. Vegetable Juice
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 pinches Avery Island Kosher Salt
1 teaspoon ketchup
Juice of one lime
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco Sweet and Spicy Pepper Sauce
2 dashes Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce
1 to 1/12 oz. Vodka

Chill mixing/pint glass in refrigerator for several hours and pour stirred mixture into Collins glass without Ice.


Born on the Bayou

by Jonathan Pogash

2 dashes Tabasco Habanero sauce

1 oz. Rhum Agricole

1/2 oz. white creme de cacao

1/2 oz. orange curacao

1 dash Peychaud’s bitters

Directions: Stir ingredients very well with ice and strain over ice into a rocks glass.

Garnish: flamed orange twist

The Newport Wedding Expo

Posted by: on February 28, 2012

Two weekends ago we participated in arguably THE best wedding show in the Northeast – the Newport Wedding Expo.

Two breathtaking locations were host to this event, Rosecliff Manor and OceanCliff Resort.  Wedding Cocktail Design was at OceanCliff, one of the most spectacular resorts and views in all of Rhode Island.

Our lovely and talented hostess (and wedding show planner extraordinaire), Susanne Day, editor of Newport Weddings Magazine, made us feel right at home at our booth.

Being featured at our booth were an array of signature wedding cocktails and spirits, to show off what we can do at Wedding Cocktail Design.  As an added bonus, Jeffrey Pogash, Master Saberer, was on hand with his reproduction Napoleonic sword and magnums of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, to show what he can do at weddings, rehearsal dinners, and showers.

The other vendors at the show were top-notch, from Rhode Island’s most elite photographers, to unique invitation designers, to fabulous wedding planners.  Oh, and we can’t forget the desserts.  The desserts.  Those decadent, sinfully rich treats that haunt us (and follow us like stalkers), to each and every wedding show we participate in.  The key is moderation, and we were good this time.  We only exchanged cocktail samples for 2 (or so) chocolate bon-bons and mini wedding cake desserts.

The brides, grooms, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends of the bride/groom who attended were genuinely interested in our services.  We tried our best to explain what we do, and attempted to “wow” them with our cocktail samples.  What, you may ask, did we serve?  The names and descriptions are below, as well as a pictorial tour of our day in wedding show bliss…

The Newport Wedding Expo

Signature Cocktails

Saturday, Feb. 18th, 2012 – OceanCliff

The Newport Bride

Van Gogh Cool Peach vodka, Esprit de June liqueur, pomegranate juice, lychee puree, Rose Champagne


La Belle Dame

Rhum Clement premiere canne, Creole shrubb orange liqueur, fresh grapefruit juice, agave nectar, fresh mint


Naragansett Bay Punch

G’Vine gin, Creole Shrubb orange liqueur, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, Champagne

Signature cocktails personally designed by

 Jonathan Pogash, “The Cocktail Guru”

Our table at the 10th annual Newport Wedding Expo

Our champagne sponsor, Nicolas Feuillatte

Nicolas Feuillatt's 1/4 bottles - perfect as a wedding favor - and there's Jeff to the right!

Newport Bridal Show & Wedding Expo

Posted by: on February 15, 2012

We are so super excited to be a part of this on Saturday!  Come and visit us!

The 10th Annual Newport Bridal Show

Saturday, February 18, 2012, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rosecliff: 548 Bellevue Avenue
OceanCliff: 65 Ridge Road
Newport, RI 02840

We look forward to meeting you at The 10th Annual Newport Bridal Show, Newport’s biggest and best bridal event of the year! Hosted at two of the most elegant wedding venues: Rosecliff and OceanCliff hundreds of brides-to-be will be able to shop for everything they need to plan their perfect wedding all in one place!

Your ticket allows you admission to both locations all day with free transportation between venues.


Our Feature on Martha Stewart Weddings!

Posted by: on November 9, 2011

What an honor bestowed upon us to be featured on this wonderful wedding website.

You can see the article below…enjoy!

The Brides Guide: Signature Cocktails

Newest WCD Service – Champagne Sabering

Posted by: on October 31, 2011

Jeffrey Pogash, wine expert and 30 year industry veteran, has recently joined forces with Wedding Cocktail Design to bring a unique service to your wedding:

Champagne Sabering

If you’ve never seen this demonstration, you’re missing out!  The drama and uniqueness of this service will amaze and inspire not only you, but your guests, as well.

What’s included:

– Jeffrey Pogash’s Champagne Sabering demonstration in which he uses an authentic Napoleonic Sword reproduction to gently and dramatically lop off the end of a champagne bottle.

– Two MAGNUM bottles of Champagne (1 for sabering and 1 as back-up)

– This service is available in the following areas (Northern NJ, NYC metro area, Southcoast CT, RI, MA). If you are outside of these areas, please don’t fear!  Jeffrey will travel…additional travel and transportation costs apply.

For more info and Jeffrey’s rates, please email

Mention on Preston Bailey Blog

Posted by: on September 1, 2011

Wow…speechless…that Preston Bailey and Co. would feature me on their Bride Ideas blog.

To read all about it, click here:

The Rhode Show Royal Wedding Cocktails Segment

Posted by: on April 28, 2011

Custom cocktails personalize a wedding:

Cocktails from “The Rhode Show” on Fox Providence

Posted by: on April 26, 2011

Here are the drinks featured on “The Rhode Show” Wedding Week (April 27, 2011):

(*”Boat Champagne Bowl” featured on today’s segment courtesy of Barmonde Studios*)

The Pimm’s Pom & Circumstance Fizz

Mix together into a pitcher with ice and stir well to chill and dilute:

8 oz. Pimm’s No. 1 cup

24 oz. POM pomegranate juice

4 oz. each fresh lemon juice and simple syrup

Top w/ Moet & Chandon Champagne

Serve in fancy rocks or highball glasses with strawberry ice cubes

*to make the strawberry ice cubes, simply place slices of strawberries in ice cube tray, add water, and freeze.

The Bridesmaid Cocktail

1 1/2 oz. Godiva Chocolate Vodka

3/4 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur

1 oz. fresh brewed Bigelow’s Wild Blueberry-Acai Herb Plus Tea

1 tsp. agave nectar

1 dash orange bitters

Directions: Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish: orange peel