Friday, January 14, 2011

Raising the Bar

Shaken not stirred. Vodka soda, light on soda, with a lemon and a lime, please. Margarita, on the rocks, extra salt on the rim.

Your last party was spent almost entirely behind your makeshift bar, desperately trying to keep the drinks (and the fun) flowing.

Worst of all, your amateur – and wildly uneven – pouring skills resulted in half the party getting tanked, while the other half were still awkwardly sober.

So drink to this booze news: A new cocktail catering company takes all the dirty (martini) work out of throwing your own soirée. Started by a couple of Honolulu’s top-shelf mixologists, Imbibe Hawaii will handle everything sip-related – leaving you free to enjoy your made-to-order mango mojito.

Or try a raspberry collins. Or maybe a caviar dream, which mixes champagne with spherified crème de violette liqueur. Partners Maria Burke and Kyle Reutner specialize in crafting unique signature cocktails based on an event’s theme or menu. Plus, every one of their staff bartenders are certified by the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild, an elite certification program. And, they’ll guide you through the process of ordering all your own liquor, ensuring quantity, quality and, best of all, letting you keep the leftovers.

With just a week’s notice, they’ll plan your cocktail menu, order glassware, set up a bar in your house and serve all evening – ensuring every cocktail is pour-worthy. And they’ll work for any size party, from an intimate sit-down dinner to an 800-seat gala.

So you can spend your time as host being bubbly, not pouring it.

For more info, call Imbibe Hawaii at 808.428.6472, or email them at


Photo: Rae Huo

Posted on Friday, January 14, 2011 in Permalink

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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