Peach Red Wine

Red Wine Cocktails

Red Wine Negroni


Red wine negroni

Boasting Italian origins and a typical dark orange colour, Negroni is a charming cosmopolitan red wine cocktail that pairs well with appetizers and snacks.



  • 2oz red vermouth
  • 2oz gin
  • 2oz Bitter Campari
  • 1 orange slice
  • Shredded ice


Fill a wine tumbler with shredded ice and pour the liquids in. Stir and squeeze in the slice of orange. Decorate the glass with orange peel and serve the drink immediately.


Port Melon Cocktail


Port Melon

Refreshing in summer and regenerating in winter, this surprising red wine cocktail will impress you and your guests. The perfumed aromas of yellow melon blend perfectly with the sweet flavour of Port to create an inebriating delight of the senses.


  • 7oz Port wine
  • 1 small slice of yellow melon
  • Melon balls for decoration
  • 1 can soda water
  • Ice


Reduce the melon pulp to a puree with a blender. Pour it into a high ball glass, add the ice and stir. Pour the Port and soda water into the glass, stir again, and decorate with melon balls. Serve immediately and pair with blue cheese, Italian ham or light snacks.


Peach Red Wine Cocktail


Peach Red Wine

There is a debate whether this cocktail is a drink or a dessert. Regardless of how you call it, these delicious peaches with red wine will become the stars of the party. Dip the soft peach cubes in red wine to achieve the best results.


  • 8oz Barolo wine;
  • 1 small peach;
  • 1oz lemon juice;


In a small bowl, mix the wine with the lemon juice and shredded mint leaves. Let it macerate at room temperature while you dice the peach. In an old fashion glass, add the peach cubes and pour the wine. Stir. Decorate with fresh mint and serve.


Caipirinha With Blueberries and Red Wine

Caipirinha Red Wine

 Caipirinha is probably the most representative cocktail of Brazil. Wine is not one of its original ingredients, yet this daring recipe will make you see this drink with new eyes. If you don’t like calling it Caipirinha, imagine this drink as a Brazilian Sangria.


  • 6oz Cachaça
  • 3oz Cabernet Sauvignon
  • The juice of half orange
  • A quarter of lime
  • 8 blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon cane sugar
  • Ice


Peel the lime and slice the flesh. Crush it in a shaker and mix well with the sugar. Add the cachaça, wine, and orange juice. Stir slowly and add more sugar if wanted. Add the ice, put a lid on the shaker and give it a shake. Serve the cocktail in a double old-fashioned glass.


If you will like to have cocktails made with red wine at your event, do feel free to drop us an enquiry and our mixologists will be most delighted to craft up unique cocktails made with red wine that will suit your preferences and our mobile bar crew will mix up some amazing drinks at your event!



Popular gin cocktails

Gin is a fascinating liquor to explore. Its botanicals give it a characteristic that no other liquor has; one brand can have a completely different profile from another and it is surprisingly versatile when it comes to flavour profiles. Gin is also the foundation for some of the best drinks ever made, including the iconic Martini.


Though certainly not as numerous as vodka cocktails, there are thousands of great gin cocktails to explore and the list can be quite overwhelming. Here are some of the best.


The Martini

We will begin with the most obvious of gin cocktails, the Martini. You can call any other beverage in a cocktail glass a “martini,” but there is only one real Martini and it requires gin.

The beauty of the Martini is in its simplicity: gin and dry vermouth mixed in your preferred proportions, best stirred, though shaking is not out of line. It is the cocktail that is the base for countless other drinks, can be made to your exact specifications and is the ultimate experience in fine drinking.


The Gin and Tonic


Reliable is the best word to describe the Gin & Tonic. It is another obvious, two-ingredient drink and it is the foundation for many other gin highballs. This is one that is very difficult to screw up and it is always there when you need it, whether that be at the bar or in your own kitchen.

The other key ingredient: lime. Swipe fresh lime around the rim before giving it a squeeze and dropping it inside.


The Gimlet


It is so true that this simple two-ingredient drink is a wonder on hot days and if you’re curious as to how gin and lime work together, this drink is the best way to test it.

This is also one of the few times when you can use an alternative to fresh lime juice. The Gimlet can be made with lime and simple syrup with a homemade lime cordial. The key is that you need some sort of sweetener to offset the tart lime so it does work with your favourite gin.


The Negroni


If you are looking for the ultimate before dinner cocktail, look no further than the Negroni. This popular drink includes gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari, which are each the embodiment of aperitifs and combine for the perfect appetite stimulant.


The Monkey Gland


Gin and orange juice are another fantastic flavour combination and while the drinks listed below are more well-known, the Monkey Gland is far more interesting. It is, in fact, a personal favourite of all gin cocktails.

The Monkey Gland has a funny name, a bizarre inspiration and a little surprise. It all begins rather normally with a mix of gin, orange juice and grenadine. It’s fantastic and you could stop right there and have a wonderful drink.

It is, however, in need of a little absinthe to make it pop, but you have to keep that flavour in check because it will quickly ruin the effect.


Do drop us an enquiry today if you will like great gin tasting cocktails at your event!

Popular Vodka Cocktails

When it comes to cocktails, vodka seems to be everyone’s go-to liquor. It pairs well with pretty much anything, especially if you choose a vodka with no inherent flavour. It’s also really simple to make cocktails with vodka since it is neutral in flavour. As a liquor, it works really well in refreshing summer cocktails and there are countless recipes for vodka cocktails.

Here are the best vodka cocktail recipes, when you’re in the mood to step up your drinking game.


Lemon Drop Martini

The lemon drop martini is a simple, yet popular drink that almost anyone can make. Typically served with a bit of sugar on the rim of the glass, the drink is both sweet and a bit sour.

To make a lemon drop martini you need:

  • 1.25 oz. vodka
  • 0.25 oz. triple sec
  • 0.25 oz. lemon juice

There’s no preparation beyond combining all the ingredients, simply pour them all into a glass, and preferably one with a sugar rim.


 White Russian

The White Russian is a classic vodka mixed drink that’s also incredibly easy to make. This particular recipe for the classic drink comes from Smirnoff, though you can make it with any brand of vodka that’s handy.

Smirnoff’s recipe for the drink is:

  • 1 oz. Smirnoff No. 21
  • 0.75 oz. Godiva Mocha Liqueur
  • 2 oz. heavy cream

To make the drink, start by mixing the vodka and liqueur in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice, stir, and top it off with the heavy cream.



Black Russian

Like the White Russian, the Black Russian is a simple drink that anyone should be able to make. The idea for the drink comes from Grey Goose, though you can use any vodka you prefer or have on hand to make it. The Black Russian is bitter and sweet, and Grey Goose says it’s best as a night cap, or just any time after dinner.

To make a Black Russian you’ll need:

  • 1.5 parts vodka
  • 1 part coffee liqueur

To make the drink, simply build the it in a rocks glass, add ice cubes, and stir.



Dirty Martini

The Dirty Martini comes from Grey Goose vodka, which describes the drink as dry and savoury. The “dirty” in the name comes from the olive brine and muddled olives used to make it.

The ingredients you’ll need are:

  • 2 parts vodka
  • 2 parts Dry Vermouth
  • 4 Mediterranean olives
  • 2/3-part Mediterranean olive brine
  • 2 garnish Mediterranean olives

To prepare the drink, pit four olives and muddle them with olive brine in a Boston glass. Then add the vodka and vermouth, top with ice cubes, and stir. Finally, drain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with Mediterranean olives.



Light Pomegranate Berry Punch

The Light Pomegranate Berry Punch might have a bit too much berry for some people, but it’s a great drink for those who don’t mind something with a bit of a fruity flavour. The drink is served in a highball glass and is simple to make.

The ingredients for the Light Pomegranate Berry Punch are:

  • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff Sorbet Light Raspberry Pomegranate
  • 2 oz. ginger ale
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 lime wedge for garnish

To make the drink, simply combine the ingredients in a highball glass, squeeze in the lime, and stir.

Mixes From Mars uses vodka all the time in our cocktails as it is really easy to mix and it taste great in many of our cocktails! Do drop us an enquiry today if you will like to have awesome tasting cocktails made with vodka at your event!

Old Fashioned

Popular Whiskey Cocktails

Popular whiskey cocktails


Most of us know how to drink whisky and have mastered the art of drinking it neat. But did you know that classic whisky cocktails are just as great?

Many classic whisky cocktails include simple syrup. Making a syrup just for cocktails sounds complicated but it’s really simple, hence the term simple syrup. Over medium-low heat, put equal parts of water and white sugar into a saucepan and stir. Once the sugar has dissolved into the water, remove from the heat and let cool. Voila!


The Manhattan



The Manhattan is one of five cocktails named for the five boroughs in New York, but no one seems to know much about the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island or Queens cocktail. The Manhattan is flexible. You can have it stirred and strained into a cocktail glass with a maraschino cherry or if you want to be less dainty, it works well on ice in a low-ball glass. Serve straight or on the rocks.


2 oz whisky
1 oz dry vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash simple syrup
lemon peel
Zest lemon peel over rim of glass.


Old Fashioned


Old Fashioned

Every reference to the invention of this cocktail is that legend says it was created at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s traditionally served in a short tumbler glass, which is often called an Old-Fashioned glass.


2 dashes Angostura butters
1 tsp simple syrup
2.5 oz Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye
2-3 ice cubes
orange peel to garnish

Combine first 4 ingredients, stirring thoroughly. Squeeze orange peel to release orange zest oil and drop into drink.


The Mint Julep


The Mint Julep

The Mint Julep

The very idea of the mint julep conjures up images of the Old South. Perhaps this is because the mint julep is the cocktail of the Kentucky Derby where over 120,000 mint julep cocktails are consumed each year. It’s often served in high ball glass or a sterling and pewter julep cup, which is similar to the Moscow Mule copper mug.


3 sprigs of fresh mint
3 tbsp simple syrup
2oz Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye
crushed ice

Muddle the 1 sprig mint along with the Canadian Club and simple syrup. Strain into glass, add crushed ice and garnish with mint.


Hot Toddy


There’s nothing like a warm drink on cold rainy nights. This classic whisky cocktail wasn’t always a warm drink. Invented in the mid-1800s a toddy was any choice of spirits, water and honey that would cure whatever ailed you. Today, it’s almost always served warm. The only thing that could make a classic hot toddy better would be the addition of spice like a dash of sriracha or gochujang.


2oz Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye
2 tsp honey
1 cloves
dash of freshly ground nutmeg
1 slice lemon to garnish

Place ingredients in mug and pour in hot water. Stir to combine.


Whiskey Sour


The whisky sour is similar to the pisco sour recipe, replacing pisco with whisky. It also includes frothy raw egg white, which many people aren’t used to. The key is to use fresh, quality eggs.


2 oz Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp simple syrup
1 egg white

Shake all ingredients vigorously, which will froth the egg white. Pour into your favourite glass. It’s traditionally served in a low-ball glass but I think the frothiness and maraschino lends itself to a more elegant glass.

Whiskey is a favourite drink among many here at Mixes From Mars and we definitely love and look forward to working with it all the time! Whether it is the good ol’ classics or bespoke cocktails, whiskey is always great to work with! Do drop us an enquiry if you will like to have awesome tasting whisky cocktails at your event!


Classic Cocktails

Bar hoppers have been sipping classic cocktails for decades because they are of course classic and also timeless. Classic drinks like a martini, an old fashioned, and a daiquiri will simply never go out of style. Here is a list of the best ones to order the next time you head out on a night out with the pals.


At the top of the list is an old fashioned. The recipe is simple. You will need 2 oz of bourbon or rye whiskey, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, 1 sugar cube or 1 tsp sugar and an Orange twist garnish. Put the sugar in a glass and cover it with the dashes of bitters. Add your whiskey and stir until sugar dissolves. Add ice, stir again, and serve.


Second on our list is a margarita. A well-made version is a fresh mix of lime juice and tequila, with a hint of sweetener. You will need 2 oz of tequila, 1 oz of Cointreau, 1 oz of lime juice and salt for the rim. Since this recipe includes fresh juice, it should be shaken and not stirred. Serve it over ice in a glass with a salted rim.


Next on the list is the Moscow mule. Popular for a good reason, the Moscow Mule is one of the most refreshing things to sip on a hot summer day. You will need 2 oz of vodka, 4-6 oz of ginger beer and 5 oz of lime juice. Squeeze the lime juice into a glass, add two or three ice cubes, pour in the vodka and fill the rest of the glass with cold ginger beer. Stir and serve.


Next on the list is the popular Whiskey Sour. Perhaps the most refreshing whiskey cocktail, this is a classic favourite. You will need 2 oz of whiskey, 1 oz of lemon juice, 1 tsp of sugar and 1 egg white – this is optional. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake. Add ice and shake again then strain it over ice in a rock glass.


Next on the list is the mimosa. This recipe might be the simplest cocktail ever created: just combine equal parts of the champagne and orange juice in a champagne glass and voila! You’ve got yourself a mimosa.


Next up, the mint julep. You will need 2 oz of bourbon, 8-10 mint leaves and 0.25 oz of simple syrup. You should start by muddling the mint leaves and simple syrup in a mint julep cup. After that, add the bourbon and fill the cup with crushed ice. Stir until the cup is frosted and fill with more crushed ice. Serve the drink with a straw and a mint sprig garnish.


Next on the list, the classic martini. This classic cocktail has become so popular that there are thousands of variations of it, like lychee, chocolate, peach and mango. Whether you are drinking it with gin or vodka, stirred is the way to go when ordering a martini. You will need 3 oz of gin or vodka, 0.5 oz of dry vermouth and a lemon peel. Stir the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Squeeze oil from lemon peel into the glass and serve.


Last of the list is a daiquiri. You will need 2 oz of rum, 1 oz of simple syrup and 1 oz of lime juice. Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel and serve.

Drop us an enquiry today if you wish to have classic cocktails served up by our experienced bartenders at your event!

Mocktails Menu


Mocktails are the perfect party drinks for people who are not used to consuming alcohol. These non-alcoholic cocktails are a big hit among the non-drinking party going population around the world. Mocktails can also be consumed by people at home as they are easy to make and can also prove to be refreshing health drinks. Here is a list of the most popular mocktails.

Virgin Daiquiri

A virgin daiquiri is the perfect non-alcoholic drink to cool down on a hot day. It is a frozen drink made of lime, strawberries, sugar, and ice. Pineapples are also used from time to time with the other ingredients and it is served in cracked or shredded ice. The contents can easily be blended in any blender/mixer and using fresh ingredients instead of canned or syrupy ones is recommended to get the best refreshing effect that this drink provides. It is a big hit even with people who drink alcohol.


Virgin Mint Lemonade

Another refreshing one, this drink is easily made within the space of a few minutes. It is made of 2 cups of sugar, 2 cups of fresh lime juice, 6 cups of water, ½ a cup of mint leaves. The preparation involves mixing 2 cups each of sugar and water to make syrup. Mix the remaining 4 cups of water and 2 cups of fresh lime juice separately. Mix the two together and then serve with ice or refrigerate for an hour to serve chilled.


Atomic Cat

This simple mocktail is made from mixing equal parts of orange juice and tonic water. The drink can be served by pouring it into a glass of crushed ice. It is again better to use fresh juice instead of canned juices and orange juice is also very easy to prepare right at home. It is usually served in trendy glasses and presentation is an important aspect of serving this drink.



It is the non-alcoholic counterpart of the well-known Venetian cocktail. The Bellini is made up of 2 ounces of peach extract or nectar mixed with equal or higher portions of sparkling apple cider. It is a well-known drink for all seasons and is served chilled in the summers. It is a very trendy drink and is usually served in a very trendy champagne glass.


Pomegranate Spritzer

The pomegranate spritzer is known to be a very cosmopolitan drink and is made up of different flavours. Its ingredients are one lemon, pomegranates, ginger ale, seltzer and ice cubes. Mix around 2 cups of ginger ale in pomegranate juice, crush the ice cubes and fill them into wine glasses. Add the seltzer to the mix of the ginger ale and pomegranate juice and pour into the wine glasses. Use a peeler to peel off the skin off a lemon and drop a small twist of the lemon peel into each glass.


Virgin Sangria

Sangria is a well-known refreshing drink that can be made in large quantities and served during the summers. It has a host of ingredients which range from apple, bananas, grape juice, peaches, mandarins, lemon and some cinnamon. The ingredients are mixed in their different proportions and usually kept and stored in a pitcher. The pitcher can be refrigerated or some ice can also be added to the mix. Keeping it in the fridge is usually better. The mix is an irresistible drink that can be served to the whole family. For an alcohol drinker, Sangria is made with some form of wine in the mix.


Virgin Mary

The Virgin Mary is the non-alcoholic alternative to the Bloody Mary which is also an immensely popular cocktail. It is made by mixing 4 ounces of tomato juice, a dash of lemon juice, half a tablespoon of Worcester sauce and a couple of drops of Tabasco sauce and is served in a glassful of wine.


Mocktails are commonly requested for events as there will be guests who prefer not to have alcoholic drinks as they may be driving or other various reasons. Also. mocktails are a more exciting option as compared to soft drinks and juices. Do drop us an enquiry today for delicious craft mocktails for your event!

Different methods of shaking cocktails

Shaking is the most common cocktail technique that not only properly mixes your ingredients but also employs necessary chilling, dilution into your drink and helps to aerate it.

When to shake and when to stir?

It’s all about the texture (mouthfeel) of the cocktail.

  • If cocktail has some cloudy ingredients such as fruit juices, eggs or dairy then you want a cocktail to be shaken(vigorously). If ingredients are combined properly it creates a frothy texture on the top and fresh aroma.
  • If the cocktail contains a clear(transparent) ingredients such as spirits, liqueurs, vermouths and so on then you want a cocktail to be stirred which chills and dilute a drink and should leave you with a soft and silky mouthfeel.


Building the ingredients in the shaker and shaking a cocktail

  1. Don’t forget to chill your glass unless it comes straight out from the freezer.
  2. Measure all ingredients with a jigger, adding them into the shaker as you follow a cocktail recipe.
  3. Start with the smallest volume/cheapest ingredients so if you mess up you can start over again without any wastage.
  4. Put ice(cubed) as the last thing in your Boston glass or Shaker you want absolute control over the dilution.
  5. Shake vigorously for at least 12 seconds until ice cold, always taste your cocktail before serving to be sure that it’s ready.
  6. When a cocktail is shaken, it’s most likely that it also needs to be double strain using a fine mesh strainer to avoid tiny pieces of ice, fruits and other solids. (sometimes it might not be required)


Shaking cocktails with egg white (Dry shake/Reversed Dry shake)

  • If the cocktail contains egg white, we usually need to use the dry shake technique which is basically shaking without ice first to emulsify the ingredients.
  • The other technique called reversed dry shake is shaking your cocktail with ice then straining back into the shaker and shaking without ice.


The hard shake (Japanese style)

  • The hard shake is a stylised way of shaking a cocktail, intended to drive the ice inside around the shaker rather than simple back and forth
  • Proponents of the hard-shake maintain that the method produces a better tasting cocktail
  • Starting with slow-freezing the ice from the bottom-up, to get rid of the tiny air bubbles. This makes a harder and more solid ice cube that will take a lot more beating in the shaker before breaking in pieces and thus diluting the drink.
  • The ice cubes are shaped into perfectly round spheres, again to decrease chipping of the ice during shaking.

As shaking is one of the most iconic movements of a bartender, Mixes From Mars ensures that every event will have at least a shaken drink to amaze your guests at your event! Looking to have some of our bartenders shake up some awesome cocktails at your event? Drop us an enquiry today!

Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling is one of this island nation’s most iconic creations, a throwback to its colonial past, and, for all practical purposes, a great way to cool down in the tropical heat of the city.

Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling

The iconic cocktail that Singapore have all grown to love and be proud of was first created in the early 20th century at the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel, nestled in Singapore’s Civic District. The bartender was a Mr Ngiam Tong Boon, he developed a drink he called the gin sling, comprising two parts gin, one-part cherry brandy, and one-part juice (a blend of orange, lime, and Sarawak pineapple).


Legend has it that it was created as a light drink for the ladies, with its pink colour and sweet taste.  The drink was popular for a decade or so but was no longer sought after by the 1930s.


It is difficult to know how close the current version of the Singapore Sling is to its original recipe since all the bartenders have left for us is a loose collection of written notes. It’s no wonder then, that the cocktail has undergone so many variations. Many will insist that the original recipe used Benedictine and Cherry Heering, and more recent recipes have almost always included grenadine.


The versatility of the Sling makes it easy to adapt into modern twists. Variations of the Singapore Sling recipe are aplenty but mix up one of these potent and sweet cocktails with this recipe and you’ll be pleased with the results.


You will need


  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 ½ fluid ounces gin
  • ½ fluid ounce cherry flavoured brandy
  • ¼ fluid ounce triple sec
  • ¼ fluid ounce Benedictine liqueur
  • 4 fluid ounces pineapple juice
  • ½ fluid ounce lime juice
  • ½ fluid ounce grenadine syrup
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 slice fresh pineapple
  • 1 cherry
  1. Fill a Collins glass with 1 cup ice and set aside in the freezer.
  2. Combine gin, cherry-flavoured brandy, triple sec, Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, and grenadine in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 cup ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into the prepared Collins glass.
  3. Garnish with slice of pineapple and a cherry.

The Singapore Sling cocktail is commonly requested by our clients especially if they are hosting foreign guests and will like them to have a taste of our sunny little island! If you will like to have great tasting Singapore Sling cocktails at your event, drop us an enquiry today!

Black Cocktails

Black cocktails


Jet-black cocktails juiced with activated charcoal are the coolest new beverages at trendsetting bars across the country. With a dark and mysterious appeal, charcoal cocktails are perfect for Halloween season – and they’re surprisingly healthy.

What Is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is a form of carbon, the second most abundant element in the human body (after oxygen) and a common element of all known lifeforms. It becomes “activated” when it is processed to have small pores. These tiny, low-volume pores increase the surface area of the carbon. A higher surface area increases the carbon’s adsorption, or its ability to attract atoms and molecules to its surface.

The activated charcoal sold in stores is usually derived from a high-quality charcoal such as bituminous (black asphalt) coal and/or lignite (brown peat) coal. Some brands may also contain other carbonized ingredients such as wood, coconut shells, and bamboo – make sure you read the label.

Have a black themed event? Have us prepare black cocktails for you!

Why Is Activated Charcoal Healthy?

Activated charcoal is noted for its ability to remove toxins and impurities from the body. It is used to treat some poisonings and overdoses, as well as less-serious bouts of diarrhoea and indigestion. Savvy globetrotters never forget to pack activated charcoal, which can alleviate the duration and severity of traveller’s diarrhoea.

Charcoal Is the New Black

For most people, activated charcoal is a natural, flavourless detoxing agent – which makes it the new darling of the health-conscious cocktail scene. While the science is still out, it may also may help prevent hangovers. Find activated charcoal capsules at your local health food store. Try it in one of the following recipes – you’ll only need a pinch. Save the rest of the charcoal for your next trip abroad.

5 Activated Charcoal Cocktail Recipes

  1. Midnight Beach Rumtini – Stir ¾ ounce simple syrup with ½ capsule of charcoal until the powder is completely dissolved. Add to a cocktail shaker with ice, 2 ounces coconut rum, ½ ounce white rum, 1 ½ ounce pineapple juice, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or a tropical flower.
  2. Tequila Moonrise – Mix together ½ capsule of charcoal and 2 teaspoons grenadine until the powder is completely dissolved. Add to an ice-filled shaker along with 2 ounces fresh orange juice and 2 ounces gold tequila. Shake, strain, and serve over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.
  3. Dark Side Shandy – Thoroughly dissolve ½ capsule of charcoal in ½ cup fresh lemonade in a tall glass. Add one can of light blonde beer. Garnish with a lemon slice.
  4. Death in Paradise – Mix ½ capsule of charcoal with passion fruit syrup. Pour in an ice-filled shaker and add 3 ounces white tea, 1 ounce vodka, 1 ½ ounce fresh grapefruit juice, 1 ounce fresh pomegranate juice, and two basil leaves. Shake vigorously and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.
  5. Ebony Ink – Dissolve ½ capsule of charcoal in 1 ½ ounce single-malt whiskey and 1 ½ ounce bourbon in a shaker. Add ice, a dash of bitters, and a squeeze of fresh lime. Shake, strain, and serve in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a slice of lime.


Have an event where you will like to have cocktails that are black in color? Other than charcoal, Mixes From Mars also use ingredients like Gum Nero to make black cocktails! Drop us an enquiry for themed cocktails (black or not) today!

How having a professional bartender at your party can help you or is good for you


When it comes to big events like weddings and milestone anniversaries, most people don’t think twice about hiring a bartender to serve drinks to guests. But for some reason, most of us baulk at the idea of hiring someone to pour drinks at more intimate gatherings like get-togethers and birthday parties. On those occasions, hiring a bartender may feel a little over-the-top. After all, guests can pour their own drinks, so why spend the money? The truth is, though, hiring a bartender can actually be a relatively affordable “splurge,” and having a professional behind the bar means you have one less thing to stress about and will be able to enjoy yourself that much more.

You’ll Know How Much Booze to Buy

A professional bartender or bartending service will not only help you figure out what to serve based on the type of event and your preferences but will also tell you how much of everything to buy. This also means you won’t buy excess booze and, ultimately, might save you a lot of money.

Help with Set Up and Clean Up

A bartender will get to your home or event space in plenty of time to get the bar area all set up before any of your guests arrive. He’ll also do his best to make sure there aren’t empty glasses and bottles littering the space and, at the end of the party, he’ll help with clean-up.

Have our professional bartenders join you for the next event that you are hosting!

The Host Shouldn’t Also Be the Bartender

A good host offers his guests a drink shortly after they walk into the party. Which means if you don’t have a bartender, you’re also the one making that drink. A good host also offers a guest whose drink is low or empty if she’d like it to be refreshed. Which means, yup, you’re making that next drink as well. And repeat. For the entire duration of the party.

Feel Like a Guest at Your Own Party

As we just mentioned, if you spend the entire party getting drinks for other people, you’ll feel more like the hired help than the host, but even more than that, if you have someone else pouring your drinks and making sure you’re okay, it allows you to actually enjoy the event.

It’s Probably Best if Guests Don’t Make Their Own Drinks

There are a few reasons you don’t want guests making their own drinks. First of all, it’s nice if guests can just relax and not worry about mixing drinks, especially since they may want a cocktail they aren’t quite sure how to make. Second, a lot of people over pour when they’re making a cocktail simply because they don’t realize how much is coming out of the bottle. A bartender can not only make the more complicated cocktails someone may want, he can ensure that those cocktails have the appropriate amount of alcohol so that no one is on the floor before the party’s even in full swing.

A Bartender Won’t Over Serve

In addition to making sure drinks are poured properly, a professional bartender is paid to serve responsibly and pour drinks accordingly as the night goes on. Ultimately, having a sober bartender paying attention to who might be starting to have a little “too much fun,” saves you from a potentially embarrassing conversation and means you can just relax and enjoy yourself.

Fancy Cocktails, not Just “Mixed Drinks”

Bartenders know how to make all sorts of cocktails. From a proper martini to an old fashioned to a refreshing gimlet, you can count on a professional mixologist to be able to pour anything your guests want well beyond the standard “rum and Coke” or “vodka soda.”

A Clean and Organized Bar Area

When people are in charge of making their own drinks, the bar area can quickly become chaotic and messy. A bartender will make sure the bar area isn’t covered in used limes, sticky bottles, and empty soda cans.

Your Guests Will Be Impressed

People expect bartenders at fancier events in big spaces, but they definitely don’t expect to walk into a backyard barbecue or intimate birthday party and see a paid professional serving up signature cocktails.


With our vast experience in the bar industry and every single member of our team having worked at numerous bars and are still doing so at our very own bar – Hopscotch – located at 45 Malan Road, you can be sure that our mixologists from Mixes From Mars will bartend at your event with a high level of service and mixology standards. Drop us an enquiry today to find out more about having our experienced bartenders at your event!