Cocktail Connoisseur Rakshay Dhariwal Shares What Makes A Great Wedding Bar

The man behind Pass Code Only aka PCO reveals the trending drinks that can add a sparkle to your big day.

Beers-only bar or mocktail-heavy shindigs – wedding celebrations get an extra edge when you add a bar into the mix. 

But, if you are unsure about the MVPs of your wedding alcohol menu, variety is the key, keeping in mind the varied preferences of your guest. 

“Its important that all the friends/family also have their favourite tipples at the bar. It's always better to be over prepared because the last thing you want is to run out due to an excessive number of plus ones, or a party that doesn’t end till the next morning. Also, one of the most important things to keep at the bar is lots of water. Responsible drinking is a trend we like to keep up with,” says Rakshay Dhariwal, Managing Director, Pass Code Only. 

So, if a spirited, lively wedding celebration is on your mind, here are his tips on doing just that. 

You can never wrong with an array of cocktails 


“Different occasions would usually have different cocktails. For example, if you have a day wedding then cocktails like a Bloody Mary, Bellini, Elderflower Spritzer, Whiskey Sours are great. For evening functions we prefer keeping stiffer drinks such as Old Fashioned, Negroni, Manhattan, etc,” he says. 

Poison for the non-drinkers 

Don’t forget to cater to the teetotalers in your circle too. Just like everything else in life, a great wedding bar is all about inclusivity.

“I would say twists on classic mocktails work best. You could do a mojito style drink but with lots of orange slices or a virgin elderflower Spritzer works great too. A homemade ginger ale, rose lemonade, virgin mary, etc. work very well in wedding settings, as guests find them familiar. It’s important in wedding functions to carefully consider the 12 year old and thee 75 year old. How do you cater to both of them equally, as well as the rest of the party guests,” says Rakshay. 

Season-specific display 


With winter wedding season in full swing, add a warm and steamin’ twist to your swigs too. Rakshay agrees, “Two must haves are always the hot toddy and mulled wine. It’s good to offer variations in these. Eggnog for some odd reason hasn’t taken off in India, despite its popularity in the west. A hot buttered Rum is probably the best when it’s freezing outside. Warm apple cider or a hot chocolate with Baileys, Kahlua and vanilla is great too.”

Now that you have the wedding bar basics down to a pat...what are you serving? 


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