Poptails: Cool, Refreshing, and Boozy.

Poptails are fun refreshing and boozy, how can you go wrong with this treat at your Florida Keys wedding. A great way to beat the heat and wow your guests. Check out some of these creative recipes, my favorite is the Dirty Pirate. 

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Check out our new Cuban Themed Menu

Our new Cuban themed menu is perfect for an Islamorada event. With the Caribbean influences in this part of the country it is a perfect match. Not only is the food delicious but there are many possibilities for decor with in this theme as well. Colorful, fun and tropical are perfect decor elements for a wedding or event here in Islamorada.

The Look

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This event that we did recently totally captured the look. White linen, rattan chargers, bamboo chairs and bright multicolored napkins. Square tables give a regal feel with the extra space they provide. Centerpieces consist of cigar boxes filled with tropical stems and greens, and vintage tequila bottles used to serve cold water. Brightly colored and tropical yet still classy and elegant.

The Menu

Our Cuban themed menu consists of the following delicious dishes:

Mojo pulled pork - The pork is slow cooked until it is fall apart tender and marinated in garlic, olive oil and citrus juices. A wonderful combination of tangy and savory flavors.

Tostones - Twice fried and pounded plantain chips, that are crispy and golden brown, served with a citrus garlic dipping sauce.

Avocado and tomato salad - Sweet ripe tomatoes and creamy avocado slices dressed in a light vinaigrette, salt and pepper.

Rice and black beans - A Cuban classic and tasty combination of savory black beans paired with perfectly cooked white rice.

At the bar serve some traditional Cuban cocktails. The Mojito, it's combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus, and mint flavors is intended to complement the potent kick of the rum, and has made it a perfect summer drink. The Cuba Libre, a highball made of cola, lime, and dark or light rum. The Havana Club Daiquiri, ingredients are rum, citrus (typically lime juice), and sugar. Again light and refreshing and decidedly Cuban, the drink is named for a small beach village in Cuba.

Entertainment

Consider hiring a cigar roller. To provide cigars and roll cigars in person for all of your guests. We often work with Rodriguez Cigars out of Key West.  They do a great job and have a beautiful display for events.

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Contact Caribbean Catering to book your next event and we can help you with more menu and theme ideas like this one!

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Menu Planning

menu planningEven if you're a master planner and a genius in the kitchen, planning a catering menu can be quite the challenge for a beginner. You must consider both your guests taste preferences as well as dietary restrictions, practicality and portion sizes. Covering all of your bases will improve the likelihood that your guests will be satisfied with your menu. menu planning

First, determine if there are foods that you absolutely do or do not want at your event. You know your guests best, so take into consideration what you know about their background and tastes. Make a list of menu requirements.

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You should always consider some dietary restrictions when menu planning. Meatless dishes are a good place to start as they accommodate some religious restrictions as well as the restrictions of vegetarians and vegans. Grain, nut, sugar and dairy-free dishes help avoid allergies as well as people suffering from diabetes and other medical conditions. Offering dishes that fit these requirements will ensure that guests with allergies or restrictions can still enjoy the meal.

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Not everyone enjoys the same range of flavors, so it's important to select menu items with a wide range of flavor variety. A balance of sweet, spicy and savory dishes is a good place to start. Additionally, offer both rich and light dishes. This helps ensure that each guest enjoys at least one item on the catering menu. Contact Caribbean catering for more help with menu planning.

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Signature Drinks

signature drink islamorada weddings Your reception menu is set and the cake design is picked. It's time to focus on drinks. Add a personal touch to your bar menu by choosing a signature cocktail. Pick a drink that stars your favorite liquor, matches your color scheme, or just sounds delicious. Signature Drinks are a a fun way to incorporate you and your grooms unique flavor into your bar. As a bonus, it is also a great way to save some money on your bar tab. You can consider doing a beer and wine bar with a signature drink rather than a full bar. At most venues this is and affordable option and even if you are supplying the booze yourself you will only need to supply one type of liquor. Passing signature drinks upon guests arrival or following the ceremony is a nice touch, especially on a bright sunny day. Which is often for our Islamorada weddings! Passing the signature drink and having them available self serve is also a great way to take pressure off the bar and keep the lines down.

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Signature Drink Ideas

Pink Manther

Ingredients

1 strawberry

2 ounces vodka

1 ounce blended fresh blueberries

1/4 ounce aloe vera juice

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

1/2 ounce ginger water

1/4 ounce agave nectar

Blueberries, for garnish

Directions

Place strawberry into a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add ice and remaining ingredients to shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with blueberries.

Coconut Castaway Cocktail

Ingredients

1 ounce vodka

1 ounce juice from a watermelon

1/2 ounce coconut water

1/2 ounce prickly pear puree

1/2 ounce lime juice

1/4 ounce agave nectar

Champagne, chilled

Lemon peel, for garnish

Directions

Place ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain shaker contents into a flute. Top with the Champagne and garnish with a lemon peel.

Rosemary-Citrus Punch

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

1 large rosemary sprig

1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 12 lemons)

3 cups London dry gin

1 cup orange juice

Orange slices, for garnish

Rosemary sprigs, for garnish

Directions

Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add rosemary sprig and let steep for 2 hours; remove sprig. Refrigerate simple syrup up to 2 weeks. Combine lemon juice, gin, orange juice, and simple syrup in a punch bowl. Garnish bowl and glasses with orange slices and rosemary sprigs, if desired. Add ice cubes as needed to keep chilled.

Watermelon Margarita

Ingredients

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

3 wide strips orange zest

12 ounces watermelon cubes (about 2 cups)

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

3/4 cup white or silver tequila

Lime wedges

Directions

In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water, and orange zest to a boil over high. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sugar dissolves, 3 minutes. Let syrup cool in a bowl. In a blender, puree watermelon cubes until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on solids, into a pitcher (you should have about 1 cup juice). Stir in syrup, lime juice, and tequila. Fill salt-rimmed glasses with ice, then pour margarita mixture over top. Garnish with lime wedges.

Starlight Royale

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (or 1 1/2 ounces per shaker), plus more for rims

1 1/2 cups gin (or 2 ounces per shaker)

1/2 cup superfine sugar (or 2 teaspoons per shaker)

1 bottle brut Champagne or sparkling wine (or 4 ounces per shaker)

Fine sanding sugar, for rims

Grenadine

Directions

Mix lime juice, gin, and superfine sugar in a 2-quart pitcher; chill until ready to serve, several hours. To serve, dip rims of glasses in lime juice, then sanding sugar, to coat with 1-inch-wide band. Measure 4 ounces Champagne into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add 3 1/2 ounces lime juice-and-gin mixture, and shake; strain into 2 glasses, and add 2 to 3 drops of grenadine to each. Repeat.

Lavender Whiskey Sour

Ingredients

Ice cubes

2 ounces whiskey

1 tablespoon Lavender Sour Syrup

Fresh lavender sprig, for garnish

 Directions

Fill an 8-ounce glass with ice; pour over whiskey. Fill with lavender sour syrup; stir to combine. Garnish with lavender sprig and serve immediately.

Cucumber-Mint Gimlet

 Ingredients

4 1/2 cups Cucumber Gin (or 2 oz.), how-to follows

2 1/4 cups fresh lime juice (or 1 oz.)

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Mint Simple Syrup (or 1/2 oz.), how-to follows

Cucumber peels, for garnish

Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

CUCUMBER GIN

Steep 2 1/2 cups diced, peeled cucumber in 4 1/2 cups gin, covered and chilled, 8 hours to 4 days (or 1/2 cup cucumber in 1 cup gin). Strain; store indefinitely in the refrigerator.

MINT SIMPLE SYRUP

Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water over medium-high heat, stirring until dissolved. Add 1 cup mint leaves; remove from heat. Cover; steep 30 minutes to 1 hour. Strain; discard mint. Refrigerate up to 2 months.

Directions

In a 2-quart pitcher, stir gin, lime juice, and syrup. Refrigerate. To serve, pour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and divide among ice-filled 10-ounce glasses. (For a single drink, mix in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake.) Garnish each with cucumber peel and mint.

Grapefruit and Mint Mojito

Ingredients

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish

1 ruby-red grapefruit

3/4 cup white rum

3 cups ice

1 cup seltzer

Directions

Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, and add mint leaves. Let steep 10 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a small bowl, and discard mint. Let cool.

Using a vegetable peeler, remove zest from grapefruit in long, wide strips. Place in a large glass, and add rum. Cover, and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a large glass measure, and discard zest.

Cut away remaining pith from grapefruit. Cut between membranes to release segments. For each drink, place 2 to 3 segments in a glass. Top with 3/4 cup ice. Stir 3 tablespoons infused rum, 2 tablespoons mint syrup, and 1/4 cup seltzer in a glass measure, and pour over ice. Garnish with mint sprigs.

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Consider doing a signature drink for your next event. Contact Caribbean Catering for more ideas for your party.

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