b'DRINKSChris Tunstall, co-founder of A Bar AboveTips for Freshness in Large-Format CocktailsWhile prepping ahead of time is important, there are some ingredients that need to be left until the last minute to ensure freshness. Carbonated elements fizzle fast, so add them to the batched recipe at service. Add acid like lemon and lime juices as close to service as possible to keep your cocktails tasting fresh. Be careful not to add too much water or ice, which will over-diluteyour drinks.Tips for SignatureWedding DrinksWhen batching, its all too easy to forget about the small details that add the craft to craft cocktails. Here are some suggestions on how to stand out when serving large-format recipes: Incorporate the wedding colors into Use fresh ingredients so the drinks the drinks; use natural colors from fruitsare delicious. No one wants wilted mint orABOUT THE AUTHORand flowers, or check out Suncore foodscanned lime juice in their drinks! SqueezingChris Tunstall is the for its line of natural dyes. 100 ounces of fresh lime juice isnt the mostco-founder of A Bar Above,Find a cocktail that is special to thefun activity, but the taste is well worth it. a barware and cocktail couple or serve each of their favorites as Likewise, use seasonal elements ineducation company that he two signature cocktails. the presentation, such as fresh fruit, herbs,co-founded with his wifeFor a unique touch, use edibleflowers, spices, and salt and herb rims.Julia. With over 15 years of flowers that mirror the bridal bouquetThink rosemary for winter, and strawberriesexperience behind the bar, and/or boutonnieres. and watermelon for summer. consulting for hundredsProvide a drink fountain for a show- of bars and restaurants, stopping effect and rapid service. and speaking at industryA slushy machine offers rapid serviceconferences, Chris now While it takes more prepand a lighthearted approach for that fun- shares his industry-proven time to turn drinks intoloving couple. tools and techniques with large-format offerings, Garnish with something eye-catchingbar professionals at all and fragrant for added presentation. stages of their careers it will ultimately cut Offer variety! Having two or threethrough A Bar Aboves down on serving time,different cocktails on top of beer and winepodcast, YouTube channel, means that theres something for everyone.blog, online courses and making guests happy andMake sure to include non-alcoholic options;shop full of high-quality bartenders less stressed.you could even provide a batched mocktailbar equipment. For with an alcohol-free spirit such as Seedlip.more information, visit abarabove.com.46 CATERING, FOODSERVICE & EVENTS cfe-news.com'