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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Scott Beattie and Pals Launch Cocktail Catering Company

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 11:32 AM

CREDIT: SARA REMINGTON/10 SPEED PRESS.
  • Credit: Sara Remington/10 Speed Press.
"Every party I've ever been to has average drinks ― average at best. Let's say they have somethng that gets people drunk," says Scott Beattie, former Cyrus bartender and author of the 2006 book Artisan Cocktails.

Now Beattie and two other bartenders, H. Joseph Ehrmann (owner of Elixir) and Marco Dionysos (@CocktailGeek, last of Clock Bar), are teaming up to form HMS Cocktail Catering.

Beattie has been taking on cocktail catering jobs for small private parties since he left Cyrus two years ago, but he's

wanted to do somethig more ambitious for

weddings and corporate events. He told SFoodie that the kinds of events that HMS Cocktail Catering will be doing are not your typical open-bar events. They're treating cocktails more like passed canapés.

"Say it's a party for 200 people," he explains. "When they enter, we give them a program describing eight to 10 cocktails as well as beer, wine, and nonalcoholic drinks. Servers will then come out with trays of ornate, beautiful cocktails, while

we're in the back, making 10 to 15 drinks at a time. Some will be small, some full-sized, some little whimsical pieces." He says the reduced labor charges should keep prices down, and HMS plans

to charge all-inclusive fees, too.

Scott Beattie. - SARA REMINGTON/10 SPEED PRESS.
  • Sara Remington/10 Speed Press.
  • Scott Beattie.
Beattie wrote a book on elaborately mixed and garnished drinks incorporating local fruits, vegetables, and herbs, but he'll also mix in classics. (Apparently these are now known in Bartenders Guild circles as "spiritist" drinks, which makes this picture come to mind.) "I have a tea service way of presenting Sazeracs," he describes.

"I pour it into a teapot with dry ice, and serve it with

tea cups with absinthe and lemon zest already in them. The kettle steams as you pour out the drink, so it

looks like you're serving hot tea. On the side, I place

fortune cookies made out of apple chips, with personalized messages inside."

Beattie and co. are just about to launch ― their first party is next week. They're currently working on their Web site (we'll post a link when it goes live) and printing out cards and programs. In the meantime, you can contact HMS Cocktail Catering through Beattie's Web site.

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