Say cheers!

Say cheers!

Q. We're keeping everything crossed for our August wedding and want it to be as chilled and relaxed as possible. What would you suggest for the bar to make our celebration stand out from the crowd?

A. Matt Newman says: Matt says: During lockdown people have been reaching out and getting in touch with loved ones that perhaps they haven't seen for a while. Although contact has been in a different form, connections have been re-established, friendships reinforced and people are ready to celebrate in a big way!

Matt predicts:
- Continued love for outside, festival- and boho-style weddings – the perfect fit for a mobile bar.

- A definite trend for locally produced craft beer and drinks. With heightened awareness about supporting local businesses and also the environmental impact of shopping locally, this is now very important to many people. Sourcing and supplying drinks, tailored-made to each event, gives couples much more choice about what's on offer and where it has come from.

- Gin is still very much in demand, however there's a shift towards other spirits and rum has been on an upward trend for some time now. I expect to see its popularity continue to grow as there's such a variety including white, dark, spiced, and that's just for starters.

- With so much time on our hands last year and lots of summer sunshine, there's been a surge in interest in cocktail-making so no doubt there will be some intrepid tasters circulating. We're certainly looking forward to creating plenty of delicious tipples to order using the finest juices and spirits, fresh ingredients and garnishes.

Matt Newman, Gentleman Jim's
www.gentlemanjimsmobilebar.com