Summer is right around the corner and it will sure bring the heat! When planning your summer wedding here are a few tips to help you keep your cool.Read More
So you're engaged, now what? Most people have some type of vision in mind for their wedding and then it seems like as soon as you're engaged it all goes out the window. Your engagement period should be a fun and exciting time for you and your significant other, not stressed out planning mode. So here are a few steps you can take in the first month or two to keep that stress in check.Read More
The Galleria Plaza located at Mile Marker 80 in Islamorada is quickly becoming a wedding hot spot! The plaza has been home to Caribbean Catering for nearly 15 years now. With our success in the industry, we have surrounded ourselves with other trusted wedding vendors that we work in conjunction with. We lovingly call our plaza the Islamorada Wedding Plaza we are truly a one-stop shop to plan your entire wedding. Many of our couples are planning destinations weddings from afar and most only have a chance to come and visit the keys once or twice throughout the planning process. At our plaza, you can meet with nearly every one of your vendors all in one stop! This will make your planning process so streamlined when you come into town on a planning visit. These are the amazing wedding professionals that share the Islamorada Wedding Plaza with us: John Rudolph Designs
Event designer and interior decorator. John has an amazing eye for design and he also has a lovely collection of high-end event rental items. He is also one of our go to vendors for the amazing draping set ups you have seen us doing this past year.
Our resident florist! New to Islamorada, but with 25 years experience in the industry in their hometown they are certainly fit for the job. They are more than happy to meet with couples and do any custom florals that you may have in mind.
Our resident baker! A truly talented baker with a great eye for style and design. Extremely skilled with fondant and custom designed cakes. She also does a variety of custom cookies, cupcakes, and mini cakes. Oh, and did I mention, also delicious!
Julia at BWW is our talented resident wedding planner. She is so professional, organized, and creative planning a beautiful wedding that is on budget with her will be a breeze.
Monica at engaged design is our resident printer. She is a talented graphic artist and she can meet all your custom paper good needs. She does everything from invitations to table numbers.
One of our resident photography studios. one of my favorite photographers to work with. He takes amazing and unique photos and is incredibly professional and reliable.
Another incredibly talented photographer that resides in our wedding plaza. Her work is awesome and she great to work with. You won't be disappointed.
A super cute boutique where our brides and their friends can find affordable last minute necessities, or just take a quick shopping break between vendor meetings!
So come on down and see us at the Islamorada Wedding Plaza and get your next wedding or event all planned in one stop!
It may look like the stuff of witches brew, but this disarmingly simple combination of beer and bubbly wine is true to its name: rich, smooth, and lush. It’s also perfectly balanced, with the dark, chocolate notes of the stout (perfect for Halloween!) offset by the crisp fizz of the champagne.
- 3ounces stout beer, such as Guinness
- 3ounces dry sparkling wine
- Pour stout into a large champagne flute. Slowly top with sparkling wine and stir gently.
Despite its name, the only thing devilish about this tequila cocktail is how easily you can slurp one down. Even traditional margarita drinkers will have to admit that the combination of sweet crème de cassis, earthy tequila, bright lime, and spicy ginger beer is a stroke of utter genius.
- 1½ounces tequila
- ½ounce crème de cassis
- ½ounce lime juice
- ginger beer
- 2lime wedges, for garnish
- Add tequila, crème de cassis, and lime juice to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a squeeze of lime and a lime wedge.
Blood and Sand
This elegant cocktail is nearly a century old and takes its name not from gruesome ingredients, but a 1920s movie starring Rudolph Valentino. Though the components may seem a little odd, they blend seamlessly, and the warming scotch and sweet vermouth are a welcome nod to early autumn.
- 1ounce scotch
- ¾ounce Cherry Heering
- ¾ounce sweet vermouth
- ¾ounce fresh orange juice
- 1maraschino cherry, for garnish
- Add the scotch, Cherry Heering, vermouth, and orange juice to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cherry.
Caramel Apple Punch
This autumn punch calls for just four ingredients—apple cider, spiced rum, lemon juice, and a sliced apple (naturally) for garnish.
- 1quart apple cider, chilled
- 1 1/4cup spiced rum
- 2tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 red apple, thinly sliced
- In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine the apple cider, rum, and lemon juice; chill for up to 12 hours. Serve over ice and garnish with the apple.
Stay away from those cloying pumpkin-flavored liqueurs—this drink uses pure pumpkin puree, with vodka for the kick.
- 1tablespoon sugar
- 1/4teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 3tablespoons vodka
- 2tablespoons half and half
- 1tablespoon canned pure pumpkin puree
- 1tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Combine the sugar and ⅛ teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice on a small plate. Dip the rim of a chilled martini glass in water, then dip in the sugar to coat.
- In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, half and half, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and the remaining ⅛ teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice. Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared glass.
A generous dash of juicy pomegranate seeds adds a sweet-tart bite to every cup.
- 1/4cup sugar
- 1/2cup Campari
- 1/2cup gin
- 1/2cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 3cups club soda, chilled
- 1/2cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- Combine the sugar and ¼ cup water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar has completely dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. Let it cool.
- In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine the Campari, gin, orange juice, and sugar syrup; chill for up to 12 hours. Just before serving, add the club soda, pomegranate seeds, and orange. Serve over ice.
A cayenne-spiced salt rim gives this easy margarita its heat.
- 1/8teaspoon cayenne pepper
- kosher salt
- 1/4cup fresh lime juice, plus squeezed lime half
- 3tablespoons tequila
- 1tablespoon agave nectar
- Combine the cayenne and 1 tablespoon salt on a small plate. Rub the rim of a glass with the cut lime, then dip in the cayenne salt to coat.
- In a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the lime juice, tequila, and agave. Shake vigorously, then strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with the lime half.
Dark and Spooky
Use ginger beer—not ginger ale—and dark rum for the deepest, most intense flavor.
- 1/2cup ginger beer
- 2teaspoons fresh lime juice, plus 1 lime wedge
- 3tablespoons dark rum
- 1gummy candy bat
- Fill a glass with ice and pour in the ginger beer and lime juice. To float the rum onto the ginger beer, turn a metal spoon upside down, hold just above the ginger beer, and slowly pour the rum over the back of the spoon. Garnish with the lime wedge and the gummy bat on a swizzle stick or wooden skewer.
Shake up your usual brunchtime beverage with a shot of tequila instead of vodka.
- 3/4cup tomato juice
- 3tablespoons tequila
- 3tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus 1 lime wedge
- 1teaspoon chipotle hot sauce or regular hot sauce
- 1/4teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4teaspoon black pepper
- pinch celery salt (optional)
- 1pimento-stuffed olive
Have a great Halloween weekend everyone, from all of us here at Caribbean Catering!!
Images and recipes from RealSimple.com
If you look at our resources page on our website we freely give out useful information to our clients about our local Venues & Resources. Our goal is to make planning a destination wedding as easy and seamless as possible. We have been doing weddings down here in the Florida Keys for nearly 15 years so we have worked with just about everyone in the area and can give lots of great insight. Please find here some of our preferred vendors.
Wedding Event Coordinators:
Julia Timmins at Blue Water Weddings Blue Water Weddings specializes in Wedding Planning, Coordination, Design and Decor in the Florida Keys. Blue Water Weddings has everything you need to plan your dream wedding in the Florida Keys. Check out their wedding rental store! Brides there is no need to buy all your décor, lanterns, table names, etc. You can rent it all from Blue Water Weddings. They also do unique and custom designed favors, bags, invitations, seating charts and more.
Trinity VanSteenburg at On The Fly Girls On The Fly Girls is a full-service event planning company who also assists with vacation planning and catering services. Fly Girls is a company that you can call for just a little vacaiton planning or a full on 400 person traditional wedding. They also love intimate vow renewals and private catering for speciall events.
Bobby Camp at Keys Breeze Weddings
Wedding Invitations and Printed Wedding Accessories
Conveniently located next to Caribbean Catering and Blue Water Weddings. Stop in and see large selection destination wedding invitations and everything else you need for you wedding day such as menu cards, seating charts, save the date cards, place cards, personalized napkins, koozies and much more!! Truly a one-stop shop for all your wedding printing needs.
Florida Keys Wedding Photographers:
- Floral Fantasy: Contact Debbie at 305-664-1063
Florida Keys Wedding Musicians
Ray Jaworski “amazing guitarist” a must for the ceremony, cocktail hour & dinner music. 305-942-3753 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.musicbyray.com/
Steel Drum Band The Reel Ting Contact: George Pollis (561) 215-7596 www.ReelTing.com
Steel Drummer Sir Cedrick www.SirCedrick.com
David Feder Island, Flamenco and more. 12 string guitarist www.davidfeder.com
Micah Gardner Solo Guitarist, Barstool Sailor and Singer.Unique Island Vibe! www.micahgardner.com 305-747-4714
Sekond Nature Five piece band that gets the crowd dancing! www.sekondnature.com Contact: Juan 954-607-8334
Wylefyah (Wildfire) Reggae / Soca Band Contact: Clifford Mayers 954.803.7870 http://www.cliffmayers.com/
Florida Keys Wedding DJ’s
D.J. Reggae Ronnie 305.394.1789 www.floridakeysdjservice.com
M.B. Entertainment Mike Barrios www.mbeventdjs.com 754-703-6935
DJ Russ Ginsberg 954.816.3384
DJ Freddie 954.856.6166
SaxmanAJ DJ Al Johnson & Saxophone Player 561.541.0400
Feel free to contact us for more information about these venues & resources and many others.
Your cocktail hour should be like a souped-up version of your favorite happy hour. Think about it: It's early in the evening, and you have all of your friends together with your favorite drinks, apps and great music. When planning your menu a great place to start is the appetizers. You will want to make sure that you have something to fit everyone's tastes. On our menu we will provide you with any three of the passed appetizers on our menu for $8 per person. I usually recommend choosing a seafood option, a vegetarian option, and a meat option. You can also choose to do more than three appetizers each passed app after your first three choices are $2 per person. You can also choose to do a combination of passed appetizers and an appetizer station. We have a couple tasty stations available or you can mix and match your own!
Caribbean Catering Appetizers
Brie & berries in puff pastry Chicken potstickers with Asian dipping sauce Crab balls with chipotle aioli Coconut shrimp Fruit & cheese platter Grilled mango shrimp Guacamole/salsa with homemade flour tortilla chips Hot artichoke dip puff pastry Hummus & house made spicy chip Jerk grilled jumbo scallops Island Jumbo Lumb Crab in Coconut Mango Sauce Jumbo shrimp cocktail Macadamia chicken bites Mini Cuban sandwiches Peanut chicken satays Prosciutto de parma wrapped asparagus Seared tuna on wonton crisp Shrimp potstickers Smoked fish dip with homemade chips Spinach & feta triangles Spring rolls Sweet & sour meatballs Tenderloin carpaccio teardrops Tequila jalapeno chicken bites Tomato,basil, and mozzarella crostini
Here are some of our most popular choices:
On the left is for sure one of our most popular options. Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna and a wanton crisp drizzled with Creamy Wasabi and Sweet Soy Sauce. On the right is a great meat option Tenderloin Carpaccio tear drops.
Pictured here we have (above) a light and fresh seafood option, our Jumbo Lump crab in coconut mango sauce. A great summer option. Below is our coconut shrimp with horseradish marmalade dipping sauce.
Pictured here is our Proscuitto wrapped asparagus.
Pictured here is our grilled mango shrimp, chicken potstickers with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, and a keys favorite, Conch Fritters with a Bimini Sauce.
Follow us on FB to see more images of our work. Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more ideas for your cocktail hour!
Always with an ear to the ground, we have discovered an amazing new Florida Keys wedding venue. This gated, 2.5 acre property boasts a beautiful sandy beach directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Which means, Sunsets!!! We love a sunset wedding and there are much fewer properties available on the bayside with a sunset view, making this a gem. The property is also nestled in beautiful palm tree and hardwood hammocks dotted with bougainvillea.
The estate has three residences on the property. The best part is that you can choose to rent out just one or all three. They are flexible and have a lot of different options available. From one day or one night rentals to three day or weekly rentals. Which is a huge benefit for a lot of our out of town brides who would prefer to not rent for a full week as many other rental properties require.
The property also has parking for up to 75 vehicles, which is a huge bonus many venues have the space for a large event but no parking to match.
A property representative is available 24/7 during your stay.
The option of booking a massage, yoga and even a Wedding Etiquette course during your stay is also a nice amenity.
For more information about this venue please visit their website or contact us at Caribbean Catering.
One of the most important things on your wedding day or any event really is the timeline, and a realistic one at that. This is one of the things your planner should draft for you based on the activities you have planned for your day. There are so many things that need to be squeezed in! It is important to budget your time wisely and have your day of coordinator there to ensure that the timeline is followed accurately to be sure you can fit everything in. It is very easy to get caught up in conversation, drink in hand and lose track of time. It is one of the main reasons I always recommend to at least have a day of coordinator even if you haven't hired a planner. Your timeline should really include all aspects of the day including the rehearsal, set up, hair and make-up and transportation. Today we will take a close look at some of the things to consider for your ceremony timing and choosing the traditions you will include in your wedding day as it relates to creating you timeline.
The ceremony timing has its own set of parameters when looking at timing that will vary depending on your ceremony style. If you are having an outdoor or beach ceremony you will want to consider the lighting and time of day. Will the sun be beating down on your guests for an hour long mass? Are you dreaming of a sunset ceremony?
If you are planning to have a beach ceremony down her in the Florida Keys you may want to start later in the day when it will not be so hot. If everyone is siting in the blaring sun for they duration they will be sweaty and uncomfortable. So consider starting later or be sure to provide shade and programs that double as fans for you guests.
If you would like to have a sunset ceremony you should consider choosing a date in the winter, when the sun sets earlier in the day. This will allow plenty of time for your reception festivities afterwards. Alternatively if you are getting married in the summer when the sun sets later, consider holding your cocktail hour before the ceremony. This will allow you to have your sunset ceremony and have enough time to party after. The pre-cocktail hour will not only save you precious party time but it will account for lateness. In addition it will also give your guests a chance to mingle and greet each other as they arrive in a relaxed atmosphere rather than feeling rushed directly to the ceremony.
If you are having your ceremony at a separate location from your reception make sure you consider travel time for your guests to arrive at the new location. Arranging transportation for all is ideal, but it can be pricey. If all of your guests are providing their own transportation it may be a bit of a lengthier process. Consider driving time and traffic, as well as quick stops along the way and chatting at the church before hitting to road.
There is a very long list of traditions that happen at a wedding:
cutting the cake
mother / son dance
bouquet toss / garter toss
This is just a basic list of traditions that many people include in their wedding reception. Each culture has it's own wedding traditions that they include so the list can start to become daunting. I always recommend couples take the time to think about the experience they want in a wedding day when choosing which of these they want to include in their reception. Some want them all and some want none. A wedding, in general, lasts about 5-6 hours so the more structured activities you have planned the less time you will have to mingle and spend time with your guests. It's great to do it all, but I must say I have done so many weddings where they have everything possible included and the bride and groom never seem to have the opportunity to enjoy! Take a minute to think about what is important to you on this day before trying to do it all.
Make sure you have wisely budgeted your precious time on your wedding day. This post includes the parts of your timeline that will have the most effect on your experience of your wedding day. Our goal is for your wedding day to be an amazing and memorable experience! That is why we want you to know the facts when it comes to the anatomy of a wedding day. Contact Caribbean Catering for more advice on making your time work for you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact Caribbean Catering to book your next event and we can help you with more menu and theme ideas like this one!
Our wedding couple over the weekend are both avid fans of their college teams. The groom an Alabama grad and the bride a Florida grad. The grooms cake depicted Nick Saban, the Alabama football coach riding an elephant. As a prank, the bride had the inside of the cake colored orange and blue. Gator colors, well played! The story has been picked up by several sports news networks, what a fun moment! Check out some of the news coverage here.
So in the spirit of all things groom cake here's some interesting trivia about the grooms cake.
The grooms cake can be traced back to Victorian England where the tradition was to have a wedding cake, a grooms cake and a brides cake. The wedding cake would be served to the guests and the other two would be served to the bridesmaids and groomsmen. The tradition evolved and eventually made its way across the pond and has remained popular in the US, especially in the Southeast. Traditionally the grooms cake is not served at the wedding reception. Typically individual slices are boxed up for the unmarried women to take home. Legend has it that if you a single woman sleeps with a slice of grooms cake under her pillow she will dream of her groom to be! I'd recommend eating it but to each their own. Most don't follow this tradition, it is usually displayed and served with the wedding cake. It is a great way to give the groom some special recognition when most of the focus tends to be on the bride.
We love doing fun grooms cakes and our bakers can really work some wonders. Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more ideas for grooms cakes and other wedding desserts.
Just as you think you've got all the details for your wedding wrapped up you realize that there's a whole other event that needs to be planned, your rehearsal dinner! is a get together for family and wedding party the day before the big day. Usually right after you do an actual rehearsal of your ceremony, hence the name rehearsal. The rehearsal dinner is a great opportunity for families to get to know one another in a more relaxed environment than the wedding day. Take advantage of the casual atmosphere and get in some chatting time with some of your guests, on the wedding day you will be getting pulled in so many directions you will most likely not have the chance to get any real quality time with anyone.
You can choose to have a formal or casual event, as long as you don't outdo what's to come. The wedding is the big event, the rehearsal should be the sneak peek. Since the rehearsal dinner is more informal than the wedding reception, the food and atmosphere should reflect or complement that. Ultimately, the setting of the rehearsal dinner depends on the budget, how many guests there will be, and what kind of party the host envisions.
Traditionally when it comes to who to invite to the rehearsal dinner it is mainly immediate family, the wedding party, anyone who is involved in the ceremony like ring bearers and flower girls and their parents as well as any guests who have traveled a significant distance. In most cases down here in the Florida Keys couples are having a destination wedding. In these cases it can get tricky on you to invite since most everyone has traveled to attend. Some do invite all of their guests to the rehearsal in this case, however if that is really just not in the budget many will just invite a small group for dinner and then have the rest of your guests join later for drinks and dessert. Another money saver at your rehearsal dinner is to have a self service bar doing just beer and wine.
Caribbean Catering Rehearsal Dinner
When you are working with us at Caribbean Catering for your wedding we are more than happy to work with you to plan your rehearsal dinner as well. If you are getting all of your reception rentals from us we offer to provide your tables and chairs a day early for the rehearsal at no additional charge. We also offer fresh linens for your tables in your choice of color at $14 each and we can do non-floral centerpieces for $25 per table and with flowers for $35 per table. We have several theme dinners available for $25 per person.
BBQ chicken, Pulled pork, Spicy island beans, Mozz & tomato pasta salad, Island pineapple slaw
Asian Theme Dinner:
Chicken Potstickers, Seared Tuna Sashimi, Thai Peanut Chicken Satays, Rice Noodle Salad, Coconut Stirfry Tropical Rice.
Mexican Theme Dinner:
Chicken Fajitas, Beef Burritos, Enchiladas, Guacamole, Salsa, Sour cream, Cheese, Tortilla Chips, Lettuce, Tomatoes.
Italian Theme Dinner:
Caesar Salad, Shrimp Alfredo w/ Bow tie, Penne Marinara, Meatballs, Sausage, Home baked Bread/butter.
The theme dinners and fresh linens give you the option to keep your rehearsal dinner different from the wedding day. For more information on our rehearsal dinners contact us at Caribbean Catering.
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Caribbean Catering has a large selection decor pieces available to rent. We can create a non-floral centerpiece for your wedding or event for $25 per table. We can add flower stems for an additional $10 per table. Here are some sample set ups I put together today. You can order any of the arrangements you see here or feel free to mix and match with the items we have available. Using non-floral arrangements or individual stems is a huge money saver! Feel free to come in and have design meeting with us! Come down and take a look at our inventory and we can create the perfect design for your style and color pallet. Weather you are looking for a classic beach style or sleek and sophisticated we have the right decor elements for you. Take a look at our pintrest board of centerpiece ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Signature Drink Ideas
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
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
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
Lemon peel, for garnish
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
2 ounces whiskey
1 tablespoon Lavender Sour Syrup
Fresh lavender sprig, for garnish
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Consider doing a signature drink for your next event. Contact Caribbean Catering for more ideas for your party.
When planning a wedding or event in the Florida Keys , or anywhere for that matter, your venue is likely your fist big decision. It is an important one as well, it will set the foundation for the style of your party. Here in the keys, events have a huge focus on our beautiful environment and sparking clear waters. That's why we come here right? This new venue really captures the essence of the Florida Keys and perfect for a nautical theme. There really are so many hidden unique places to have your wedding or event here in the Florida Keys and this new marina in Tavernier is a great venue.
Mangrove Marina is a several acre waterfront property tucked away on the bayside in Tavernier. Which gives you your sunset, in other words magic time for your photos! The cove where this marina is located is considered a "hurricane hole." It is protected by mangroves and provides protection from wind and lovely quiet environment.
The wedding or event venue has a fully renovated waterfront deck and bar area which is the perfect location for dinner and dancing. It comes with a few built in bonuses! The dinning area is pre-strung with overhead bistro lighting. Which will provide you with a great ambiance. The tables provided by the venue are beautifully hand crafted rustic farm tables. What a steal that is! Potted palms and tropical plants are tastefully arranged around the dinning and bar area. A water front gas powered fire pit, surrounded by adirondack chairs is a perfect spot for guests to relax and chat near the bar. The property also has a food truck serving up gourmet dishes, perfect for a late night snack or your rehearsal dinner.
Mangrove Marina also has a fleet of Aqua Lodges! They are fully renovated houseboats where you and wedding party can stay on property. They are super cute, I what to live on one! Impeccably redecorated and such a unique experience for your guests. It will give you the opportunity to fully enjoy the keys lifestyle. They sleep 4 adults comfortably or 4 adults and 2 children and are priced at $1500 per week.
Mangrove Marina has a great atmosphere and will make a great venue for a wedding or private event. With all of the of the built in amenities this venue has to offer it is sure to be a big hit with both your guests and your budget! For more information on this and other Florida Keys wedding and event venues contact us at Caribbean Catering.
We have recently scouted a new wedding venue here in the Keys. I am super excited about this new wedding venue and cannot wait to do some events here! Not only is this an idillic location for a florida keys wedding, with 5 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms you and your close family or friends can enjoy this beautiful home and property for the whole week of your wedding!
Not only does this new wedding venue have a gorgeous beach with plenty of room for a tent, it also has an amazing lounge area and pool undercover of the house with plenty of space for covered dinning there as well.
Heres the specifics:
It is a brand new dream home, gated and set far back and elevated, acre plus private beach front, 2 hours from MIA AND 1-1/4 hours from Key West. A grass motor court leads to the stunning Coral stone-clad minimalist contemporary, with the glass entrance flanked by illuminated reflection pools with shooting water arcs. Designed to maximize beach and sunrise views, and oriented to catch prevailing ocean and bay breezes. The spacious, luminous reception area, with walls of glass for breathtaking ocean and garden views, features a floating staircase and a wine room with glass doors. Downstairs guest quarters or bedroom suites with recreation/meditation room. Spacious terrace and fully equipped summer kitchen with a large island/bar featuring a raw-bar or chilling trough and mirrored back splash for ocean views. Heated spa and infinity edge pool with swim-in place feature. Indonesian 'Bali' tiki on beach. Wake up to sunrise views from the upstairs master suie with walls of windows and glass doors open to the upstairs terrace, framed by the sea and sky. The fabulous bath and dressing suite includes 2 walk-in closets. Three additional upstairs bedroom suites hav eversatile folding walls for privacy or open plan. Large upstairs terrace floats above pool and overlooks beach. Dramatic illumination and water features and limestone floors throughout, marble and granite custom designed sinks and countertops. Top of the line appliances. Two-car garage, laundry/utility area. 4-zone AC.
This new wedding venue trully has it all! Contact us at Caribbean Catering for more information on this and other locations.