Since we are approaching the romantic season of Valentine's, why not celebrate with some classic cocktails for "her" and "him". Both cocktails featured in this post are appropriate all-year long, but hold a special significance for this day and weekend because they are celebratory in nature and yummy. But first, let's talk a little history of these cocktails, then we will get to the recipes. They are easy to make at home, relatively inexpensive, and just require some shopping and prep work in the kitchen.
I am beyond excited that my book has officially landed on Amazon (click attached link) in paperback and kindle versions. The hardback version will appear on there shortly and i will receive my copies in the next few weeks.. If you are anxious to get a glimpse, you can read inside the book there. For those who are not able to receive a copy from me in person or by mail with signature and personalized message, please feel free to order a copy or copies. You are always welcome to stop by the lounge and get it signed. Please share the link with others on and off facebook! I am very happy with the result and would greatly appreciate a little promotion...As always, Cheers..Michael Troy Nagy
NEW TO FLX & UPSTATE NY !!! Hit me up for wine collaborations, wine consultations, wine services, wine classes, wine tasting parties, and event planning under 'Wine Services' tab by filling out a form or email at firstname.lastname@example.org... You can also DM on IG @michael_troy_nagy or raise_ur_spirits...Cheers !!! You are welcome to join my public wine group here -
Michael has been working in the bar, wine, cocktail, and restaurant industry since 2002 as a head mixologist, liquid bar chef, spirits sommelier, wine educator, bar manager, bar consultant, and cocktail expert. He holds an Advanced Certification in Mixology Bartending from the Professional Bartending Schools of America and is a former advanced mixology instructor at a prominent national bartending school.He also earned his WSET Level 3 Ceritfication & Diploma from the prestigious WSET London School in 2018-2020. He has worked with many bars, restaurants, individuals, and companies on developing cocktail and wine menus, marketing, event planning, event services, promotions, improving visibility, and customer service training. .
Michael is Owner, Operator, & COO of “Raise Your Spirits”, an elevated tasting experience and wine service, top-shelf cocktail and beverage service, and bar/wine consultation service.well as for event venues, individuals, and businesses. He has consulted with major companies on wine pairings with desserts, scotch, chocolates, and food and wine lists for VIP events. He holds a B.S. Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and has Master's credits in Education and Community Psychology. Michael has written for Chilled Magazine, "The Culture Trip", a travel, lifestyle, drinks, and culture site based in L.A., and Epicurious as a community writer.
He has recently moved the Finger Lakes Region of NY in Upstate NY working for various wineries as a wine educator, hospitality leader, and tasting room manager. You can follow his adventures and exploits and on his blog "Swirl, Sip & Savor" on here. You can find him on Instagram @swirl_sip_savor. Look for future You Tube videos on everything wine...Cheers!!!
Stay tuned for weekly blog posts located under 'blog' tab. We are located in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country. We are available for collaborations, events, consultation services, etc...
Awesome Wine Class & Tasting Party at the HUB in Harrisburg, PA with 25 thirsty guests. Scroll for the wonderful pics -
Now Booking Mixology Classes & Wine Classes in your home, place of business, or other locations. Please fill out our event/party planning form on the website under "Bar/Event Services" tab or send us an email to email@example.com or call us at 717.877.2729 for details. Many dates available. Maximum number of guests is 10. The host and/or hostess is FREE. Very affordable rates, flexibility , and tailored to YOU.
For updated pics and news from RYS, please check our instagram page at "Raise Your Spirits, Inc" by clicking Instagram tab above or at @raise_ur_spirits. Visit us to see our latest event pics, menus, bar setup, decor, etc...
To book us, fill out the form under "Event/Party Planning" located at the top of the page. When you book us, you will receive an elevated and elite bartending experience, high level event planning, and award-winning and top-shelf hospitality, cocktail services, and wine services. Michael Nagy, Owner & Operator, not only helps you plan the event or party, but also performs all bartending duties on the day of so you have consistent, top flight services from beginning to end with over 17 years of experience in the bar and hospitality industry. You don't have to worry about getting a part-time bartender who bartends on the side, doesn't have experience, or is not licensed and insured.
Super awesome wedding at Lakefield Weddings celebrating Colin & Ashley! DJ Roger Campbell from Top Hat was outstanding as well -
Here are some pics from our most recent events, including a networking/cocktail reception for The Hershey Company at Historic Acres of Hershey, Mixology Parties, and Dauphin Co Democratic Committee Murder Mystery Dinner -
New Blog Post - "Seasonal Spotlight - Cinco de Mayo Cocktails". Check it out under the 'blog' tab
New Blog Post - "Seasonal Spotlight - International Gin & Tonic Day". Check it out under the 'blog' tab
ATTN: Brides, Grooms, Bridal Parties, & Guests! When you attend the FREE Bridal Show at SUPPLY in Manheim on Sat, stop by the Raise Your Spirits, Inc. Bar for some very special brunch mocktails made especially for you!!! Are you ready to "Make Your Own Mocktail?" (a very unique drinking experience) or choose from the mocktail menu? When was the last time you could go to a FREE bar and create your drink? Visit the event page on the FB RYS page!
Check my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/RaiseYourSpiritsInc/ and Instagram page at http://www.instagram.com/michael_winemua for event pics, wine tasting, and adventures. Those pages are always up-to-date!
Festive wines on display at Royal Oaks Winery & Vineyard in Lebanon, PA. RYS will be doing some wine consulting for them. Ask me about wine tastings and tours -
Bar Menu for Woodstream Corp Holiday Event -
Fines served for The Hershey Company event -
What I'm drinking now #beaulieu #cabernet #wine #rutherford #tastingnotes - massive brambly blackberry, cassis, and black plum expression intermingles w nuances of earthy forest loam, mocha, pipe tobacco, caramel, and sweet oak spices. Dense texture and expansive mouth feel while balanced acidity. Great holiday #wine and under $30 USD. Impress those holidays guests. 92 score.
Bar Menu for Lakefield Weddin
Bar Setup for Lakefield Wedding
Did you know that the #bar service is one of the most features of a successful wedding reception??? Bad bar service or bad drinks can ruin a guest experience. 60% of guests will either spend time at the bar or order a drink from the bar so it is very important to choose your bartending service wisely and be mindful that what you pay for, is what you get. We are fully insured and certified and a very comprehensive service with lots of amenities and services. Everything tailored to your unique needs!
Most recent 5-star reviews for RYS -
“Cannot say enough how glad I am we selected Raise Your Spirits for our granddaughter's recent wedding. Michael was particularly helpful in planning and advising us on how much beer, wine and soda to purchase. He made recommendations on brands and a mix of each which was really great and met the requirements of our guests. To kick it up a notch, Michael and his assistant were incredibly friendly and accommodating to our guests.
Cheers Michael! You Rock!” ~ Judy, Sept 2017
“We had Michael at our wedding at a new venue in New Oxford. He was very easy to work with and my mom and I met with him before the wedding to plan our menu! I heard nothing but compliments all night on how well the drinks were mixed and I don't think there was a person (out of 172 people) in the place without a drink in hand!!! He was willing to work with our schedule and took the stress out of shopping for the alcohol and mixers by providing us a shopping list! I would defiantly recommend his bartending services to anyone looking for a bartender!!!” ~ Ashley, Aug 2017
Launch of new beverage program, "Mocktails By Michael" over the past few weeks at the annual Wedding Yard Sale and Oktoberfest. Pictured are the infused, handcrafted, fresh mocktails served for these events as well as bar setup and venue -
Pics from our most recent wedding events, company events, cocktails, and bars.
Raise Your Spirits, Inc. is proud to announce our new beverage program called "Mocktails By Michael", a division of RYS, serving non-alcoholic cocktails. We will be partnering with Grand Cru Hospitality to provide a unique drinking experience by way of food truck. See us at our first event on October 1st (check facebook for details)...Here is our Business Hall of Fame for excellence from 2015-2017 in bartending, hospitality, event planning, event services, and consulting.
Hand-Crafted Cocktails Available at RYS -
Pics from the last few weddings at #BrickGables, including cocktails, bar setup, and decor. We still have some dates and weekends available this summer
Enjoy the pics from our huge Penn St. Gala for the annual Coaches Caravan at PSU-Hbg. RYS ran all bar, beverage, and hospitality services for a major university's big event.
"The Crew" that made it happen!
Me with the Food Services Manager, Cara! She was wonderful to work with.
Huge Brunch Wedding on April 1, 2017 at Brick Gables (first of the year) serving over 200 Mimosas, Screwdrivers, and Breakfast Stout to 225 plus guests.
HUGE NEWS!!! Raise Your Spirits has been chosen to be the preferred bartending service, event planner, and bar consultation service for Penn State University's Annual "Coaches Caravan" event for Coach James Franklin on May 9, 2017 with approx 450-500 people. We are honored to be a part of such a wonderful event. This will be our biggest event to date with 5 bars, 7 bartenders, 3 bar backs, and many volunteers who help us make this event go off with a bang.
Beautiful pics from a classy corporate networking and social mixer event on March 16, 2017 at Deloitte Consulting downtown Harrisburg.
Raise Your Spirits, Inc. did our biggest event to date at the NEW 901 Lounge in Harrisburg at the Historic Lochiel Hotel on Saturday night. Raise Your Spirits did all the marketing, promotion, cocktail menus, inventory, music, and consultation fo the event.
Here are the pics from an awesome night of classic New Orleans Style Cocktails, Live Music, and Great Friends (scroll down because there are many). RYS had "Hard Soul" featuring our friends, Frankie T & Sabrina, perform classic soul music while patrons imbibed on great cocktails. RYS is available for any kind of party or event at any venue, home, or place of business and can create a killer cocktail menu and contract this great band. Our calendar is filling up so get in on the action before it's too late.
Beautiful Bar Setup at Harvest View Barn - RYS provided the bar, menus, and all equipment for 200 plus wedding. You can have this setup when you book with RYS, the best bartending services, event planning, event services, and consultation in Central and South Central PA - just check our reviews and testimonials on here and facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RaiseYourSpiritsInc/
Corporate Networking Event At Deloitte Consulting in Feb 2017 below. RYS is their preferred bartending service.
Brick Gables Holiday Weddings & Company Event Pics -
Reception Bar with menus and infusion
Honey Crisp Apple-Infused Vodka for signature cocktail
View of bar pre-reception
Cocktail/Drink Menu displayed at reception bar
View of cocktail hour on courtyard at Brick Gabkles on a beautiful Fall day
Cocktail Hour Bar for wedding in Zig's Bakery & Cafe
Cable Car Signature Cocktail with Menu for wedding
Tray of mini-beer shots comprised of Liqor 43 and heavy cream for halloween dollar dance
Classic Mojito RYS Style for wedding
Cocktail Menu Board for wedding receoption at Brick Gables
Wedding Pics from last event at Laurel Rock Farms -
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Signature Cocktail with Menu
Batched Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Cocktail with Cherries
Recent wedding event pics and special bar mitzvah at Brick Gables -
Reception Hall at Brick Gables with light show for bar mitzvah
Cocktail Bar at Brick Gables for bar mitzvah
"Sparkling Raspberry" signature cocktail and red sangria at Two Harts Barn for wedding
Cocktail Bat at Two Harts Barn
Pond View Bar for wedding
Double #Wedding Collage from Sat night featuring #cocktail #menus with signature #cocktails and #mocktails, #drink #menu, bar setup and display
Bar Setup with menus at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church for #wedding
Signature Cocktails - Peach Tea also in blue
Cocktail Menu Board
Bar Setup at #BrickGables for #wedding
Signature Cocktail - Caribbean Hard Lemonade
Cocktail Menu Board
Bar Setup for #wedding at #TwoHartsBarn
Signature Cocktail - Berry Caipiroska
Specialty Cocktail Menu
Cocktail Menu Board at #PondViewFarm for #wedding
Weekend of June 24, 2016 Wedding Events -
Bourbon Blackberry Collins and Baybreeze Signature Cocktails
Bar Display at Brick Gables for rare Sunday afternoon wedding -
Jaguar Land Rover Corp Event -
Surprise Bridal Shower Mixology Party -
Layered Rum Paradise
Pics from Laurel Rock Farms wedding with featured cocktails -
Lynchburg Lemonade & Baybreeze
Pics from this weekend's wedding event in Ephrata at the Eicher Arts Center -
Signature Cocktail Menu with Dragonberry Mojito and the RYS Watermelon Margarita
Pics from busy weekend at RYS with a 439 person formal gala and wedding in Reading at The Barn at Flying Hills -
Misty Sea Signature Cocktail
Amanda and I working the bar
Some pics of first spring wedding at Brick Gables -
Batched Cocktail "Orange Blossom" with infused Bulldog Artisanal Gin, Grand Marnier, Fresh Homemade Lemon Syrup, and O.J. used for bridal shower -
Opening night for the "The Santaland Diaries" at the Open Stage of Harrisburg on Thurs night. Here are some pics of the exquisite and decadent "Crumpet-ini" -
"A custom “Crumpet-ini” was designed by local mixologist Michael Nagy of Raise Your Spirits. This lightly sweet cocktail combined gin, elderflower liqueur, prosecco, white cranberry juice and lemon — and garnished with real hibiscus flower petal". ~ Sara Bozich Surra, Unofficial Ambassador to Harrisburg, http://www.sarabozich.com
Join RYS at the Open Stage of Harrisburg from Dec 17-23 for pre-show cocktail hour serving up the "Crumpet-ini". For family, friends, and clients, contact me directly to receive the code for $5 off each ticket. Great opportunity to catch a great show and cocktail. Order tickets online at http://www.openstagehbg.com or at the door. Seats filling up so get in on the action soon.
New Blog Post - "Seasonal Spotlight - Holiday Cocktails By Raise Your Spirits".
Awesome Holiday/Christmas Party at Brick Gables for charity -
Bar display and hall at the Barn at Silver Stone in Lancaster Thanksgiving weekend. This is a brand new venue and we were privileged enough to be a part of their 2nd ever event -
Bar display at the Antique Auto Museum for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation reception with antique cars in the background. Thank you MaryAnn for having me do this special event -
Pics from Dillsburg Wedding on Nov. 7, 2015 -
Pics from RYS weekend to end October 2015 -
New Blog post up - "Spooky Halloween Cocktails"
Pic from the beautiful Two Harts Barn in Spring Grove over the weekend -
New Blog Post up... My Top 3 Winter Sangrias here http://www.tailsfromthebarstool.com/blog/cocktail-spotlight-3-fabulous-winter-sangrias-holiday-parties or under the blog tab -
Here are some pics from this weekend's events, including wedding at the Historic Acres in Hershey, wedding in Gordonville, and Dauphin Co. Democratic Party Annual Dinner -
Here is one of my best ever reviews from a bride and groom this summer...I apologize for the length, but it covers everything we do at RYS -
"My wife and I hired Michael and Raise Your Spirits to be the bartenders at our Wedding Reception in July of 2015. Michael was absolutely fantastic to work with. After coordinating the basic details via email, he met with us in person for several hours to finalize what alcohol we wanted to have served. He had an excellent list of recommendations for signature cocktails for us to choose from (he would have been willing to make a custom drink as well, but we liked the ones on his list better). Mike then provided us with a comprehensive shopping list for the alcohol and mixers. When I went shopping, I found some brands of wine other than the ones that he had recommended happened to be on sale. Mike was very responsive to my phone calls to provide feedback on which of the on sale wines were or were not ok to get without sacrificing quality.
A few weeks before our wedding Raise Your Spirits worked at another wedding at our same venue. He ran into some venue-specific issues at that wedding and the next week contacted us to talk thru them so that we were able to avoid those same issues at our wedding.
On the day of the wedding itself Mike arrived in plenty of time (before we or any of our guests got there) and had everything set up and ready to go. He was courteous, professional and extremely competent the entire evening. He even brought an extra staff member beyond what we had discussed just to make sure that we would have no issues! At the end of the wedding the bar area was completely cleaned up with no work left for our bridal party to do (other than pick up the left-over beer and wine, which he had nicely stacked for us).
Working with Mike & Raise Your Spirits was easy and a true pleasure in the midst of the hectic-ness of planning a wedding. I would recommend him to anyone who needs bar tending services without hesitation. " ~ Nate and Kelly (July 2015)
Raise Your Spirits achieved 49 out of 49 five-star reviews over the weekend - see what people are saying at the Thumbtack link to the right...We had an awesome private birthday party in Maryland over the weekend...We continue to be very busy even as we transition to fall and winter...Dates in Nov and Dec are starting to fill up so get in on the action before it's too late...Don't need a bartender for your holiday party or event, that's okay, RYS can put together a killer cocktail or mocktail menu or mix something up for you and deliver to your address in nice two-gallon mason jar dispensers as seen here -
Event pics from a 3 night event marathon from Sept 24-26, 2015 -
Wedding Pics from Spring Mount Farms and Coleman Chapel on September 19, 2015 -
Pics from weekend birthday party and cool wedding at The Carlisle Theater -
Pics from a busy weekend at the Venue at Chilton and Harvest View at Hershey Farms -
Awesome night in Lancaster on Fri night for a birthday party...Thank you Kerwin Sierra for being such a great host...The authentic Dominican cuisine was fabulous and the guests were very friendly...Will see them again! Here are sum pics -
RYS is getting ready to embark on an event marathon starting tonight with 3 events in 3 nights, which will take us from Lancaster to Elizabethtown to Mechanicsburg...We will be serving Classic Mojitos, Pomegranate Cosmos, Blueberry Mojitos, Moscow Mules, Dirty Martinis, Presbyterians, wine, beer, and much more...
GREAT NEWS!!! I just got published in the lifestyle section of the Chicago Tribune for my contribution on "Social Graces: Cocktail Party Planning" Here is the story -http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/sc-fam-0901-social-graces-party...
RYS is offering a special right now for businesses and corporations planning an event or function - If you book with us in the next month, you will receive 10% off bartending service and free optional shopping services and have access to our unlimited cocktail menus (expires Sept. 30th). As always, you will see receive FREE consultations throughout the planning phase, free bar setup, exceptionl customer service from award-winning event planning/event services in Central PA, and much more...Also, if you refer someone and they book with us, you will receive a referral bonus or credit toward your next party or event - Inquire within!
Beautiful pics of Two Harts Barn in Spring Grove for wedding Sat night, including Shelly's first event with RYS -
Raise Your Spirits has been given the 2015 "Best of Harrisburg Award" for Event Planning/Event Services
Beautiful pics of wedding venue at Friedman Farms in Dallas - check my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/tailsfromthebarstool to see all pics and like...Sign up for my fun group page there.
Awesome Mixology Class/Party held on Aug 6, 2015 at The Workplace HUB in Harrisburg with lots of learning, drinking, cool cocktails infusions, socializing, and much more...Here are some pics of the evening activities and pics of blackberry-thyme infused syrup, vanilla bean infused honey syrup, and edible hibiscus flower.
Beautiful and unique wedding venue at the Lehigh Valley Zoo working and serving alongside African Penguins -
Beautiful pics from our Pond View Farm weddings in Maryland. We have successfully reached 30 five-star reviews in less than a year on Thumbtack = AWESOME!!!
Here are some pics of our very successful wedding event at "The Booking House" -
RaiseYour Spirits has been given the 2015 "Best of Harrisburg Award" for Event Planning/Event Services
Raise Your Spirits is doing a community Mixology Class & Party on August 6, 2015 from 6-9pm at The Workplace Hub in Harrisburg. If you are interested in attending (space is limited), please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717.877.2729...Event listing on the RYS facebook page here -
New Blog Post for "Earth Day, Spring-y Cocktails, and Spring Ingredients". GREAT READ!!! Also, the Cocktail of the Week - "Rhuby Collins" is up using organic ingredients made in PA.
Raise your Spirits is testing a new program called "Cocktails-On-The-Go"...Basically, you pick the cocktail(s), sangria(s), batched cocktails, mocktail(s), infusions,etc..., we will shop for the ingredients, i.e. liquor, mixers, fruit, and then deliver to your doorstep in a box with cocktail menu and instructions on how to prepare...It is a personalized service with no shipping and handling cost - just pay a small travel and convenience fee with reimbursement of purchased items...You can also have us infuse liquors and liqueurs and make homemade syrups and mixers (see website for possible infusions and syrups)...There are many national companies doing it, but charge a hefty monthly or yearly fee, charge a shipping fee, and it is shipped in a box..It is becoming a huge trend even for people who just want something nice to drink at home...Shipping outside the area in the near future. Gift packages also available for that special someone...Inquire within and check the "Cocktail Menus" tab for a list of sample cocktails and infusions!
Here are some pics and review from last night's wedding at the Montessori Academy in Chambersburg -
" I wish there were more stars to give! Michael was absolutely wonderful from beginning to end. He is extremely skilled! Michael made sure every base was covered. He helped to personalize our event by planing a cocktail menu. Thank you for being a fantastic bartender and I'd recommend your services with confidence!" - *****+ Sarah O. (April 12, 2015)
Stay tuned for a possible TV appearance on the #GoodDayPA program appearing weekdays at 12:30 on #ABC27News in the near future. I will be either in the kitchen mixing something up for the viewing and studio audience or a studio session with #AmyKhem. We will be focusing on "Healthy Spirits", farm to table concoctions, infusions, organic ingredients and options for the drinker and non-drinkers, and much more...Also, the ABC-27 news team would like to do a Mixology Class on the lawn at the station - pretty cool!
Starting the first week in April, look for my "cocktail of the week" on the blog as well as on the "COCKTAIL MENUS" page.
Check out my exclusive look into the world of Organic Spirits this month at Chilled Magazine http://chilledmagazine.com/organic-spirits-on-the-rise/ Please love and share it!
Also, check out my other story on "Scotch and Desserts" - http://chilledmagazine.com/scotch-with-dessert/
Had a great Corporate event for a new workspace company called "The Workplace Hub" in Harrisburg on Thursday. Here are pics of the delicious specialty and healthy mocktails batched and served that night -
I had an awesome country western cocktail party and bourbon tasting Sat. night...The Old West cocktails were a hit and the bourbon panel was top shelf...The cowboys and cowgirls were well dressed for the Old West and ready for the showdown ...Thank you Alan and Deb for being such great deputies...I had a great time at the corral interacting with the townspeople and sampling some great bourbons...Let's do it again sometime! Here are some snapshots of the town gathering...If anyone would like the cocktail recipes, just let me know.
I am happy to announce that 'Raise Your Spirits' has been chosen as the preferred provider for Bartending & Beverage Services in Central PA by Thumbtack, the #1 Hiring Service Professional site in the country. Here is our profile - http://www.thumbtack.com/…/par…/bartending-cocktail-services Check it out and share with others.
Here are some recent reviews. To see all my 5-star reviews (23 of them), find us on Thumbtack, the #1 Hiring Website for Service Professionals.
"My fiance and I are working with Michael for our August wedding, and he has been nothing but professional and great to work with! It is evident that he is extremely knowledgeable in his field. He gave us a very long list of his cocktails so that we can try them out and come up with some specialty drinks that we want at our wedding. I know our guests will be just as pleased as we have been so far, and I look forward to continue working with Michael!"...Ariel R.
"I think you are an amazing person! You have expertise to accommodate everyone who attends your events!! You are outstanding in what you do."...Donna N.
"I have worked with and been great friends with Michael in the past for a number of years,and had been to a restaurant where he prepared/served the most beautiful and exquisite cocktails that I have ever seen and tasted. Michael truly is an extremely talented man in this field of expertise. If you haven't had the pleasure of experiencing some of his cocktails and acquainted yourself with him,you are really missing out. Michael is professional,personable and a great host for any venue or event,and always goes above and beyond what is asked or expected of him!" ...Karen S.
RYS had a great night at the Goggleworks Art Museum in Reading on Saturday...We worked the 4th floor for the cocktail hour then transitioned to the 2nd floor for the wedding reception...Got a few potential parties from the event as well...Pictured are some of the venue and bar -
Join Raise Your Spirits in "The Enchanted Garden" and experience the mysterious and enchanted cocktail being served at the annual Bishop McDevitt High School Gala...Here is the cover photo -
RYS booked their first Mixology Class of 2015 scheduled for June 13th in Selinsgrove. Great deal on classes for only $20/person - check 'Mixology' page for more details. Some Valentine's Day cocktails being served right now -
RYS is on a roll - Give us a shout out if you want to get in on the action before your special date is reserved. Scroll down to see all of RYS events scheduled for 2015 and 2016. Check out the blog for great information on spirits, cocktails, and everything bar.
GREAT NEWS!!! RYS has been approved by Amazon for affiliate marketing, which means that you can purchase gift cards and products from Amazon through my site and I get credit...Please consider going through my site for your Amazon purchasing needs...Scroll to the bottom of my home page for the Amazon gift card banner or click the link below or on the right for great bar products and one of the best 13 pc. bartending sets on the market. It's a great site for shaker sets, barware, glassware, and bartending tools for the holidays and all year round...Why not purchase a gift card and then apply it to a listed product...Thank you so much for supporting me and the site.
Raise Your Spirits continues to be the best choice for all your bartending and cocktail needs from near and far, big or small, low budget/high budget, a wedding reception, a corporate/business event, a cocktail party, or a holiday party. Now booking through 2016. See the event pics, specialty cocktails, and cocktail menus below along with sample reviews from clients and a link to all reviews on Thumbtack. RYS has recently been selected as a "Pro Mentor" for other service professionals around the country on Thumbtack for it's outstanding content, profile, all five-star reviews, and booking rate/high number of hires.
"Michael and his team were truly amazing, and my guests loved having them at our event! We will most certainly be booking Michael for future events!" - Brittney, Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson (October 25, 2014)
"Michael did a fantastic job with our wedding! We are not able to thank him enough for the work he did. He planned a beautiful custom menu for us, which included drinks to match our fall theme. The drinks were FANTASTIC! Our guests continue to rave about how amazing the drinks were and how quick their service was (we had a guest list of 100 people and Michael was able to keep the bar going and seldom had a line). Throughout the entire wedding planning, Michael was there to help organize, plan, and give suggestions on a complete bar menu. He was creative and great to work with. He understood our budget needs and was able to stay well within our budget while giving us a great experience. We would highly recommend Michael for any of your bar-tending needs. Thank you again Michael for all that you have done for us."
Becky and Josiah, Coleman Chapel - Lebanon, PA (October 11, 2014)
"Michael mixed & served drinks for the guests at a surprise party we hosted at our home for a dear friend who just turned 40. Let me begin by saying that his cocktails were a hit! Every adult tried out each of his creations, at LEAST once! Some MORE than once!! The cocktails were very creative, interesting and most importantly, delicious. Michael also kept the beer, wine, scotch, vodka & gin drinkers well supplied! He was well equipped & very well organized. He was very professional yet warmly interacted with all the guests. We look forward to having him back for our next party!" - Preeti - Enola, PA (October 3, 2014)
Just received an awesome gift package from Woody Creek Distillers in Basalt, Colorado as a token of appreciation for my insightful coverage of them in Chilled Magazine...Pictured is the real potato they harvest and use in making their vodka, a small vodka bottle, and a flash drive containing a slideshow of their work...Also, a letter of appreciation...Pretty cool!!! New video of operation below -
New Chilled Magazine cover for the Fall Issue featuring Michael Nagy as Editorial Staff - http://www.chilledmagazine.com/
Here are some pics of the halloween cocktails served on Sat. night at a private home halloween party -
I am excited to announce that RYS has booked more events this week, including a huge corporate event/open house for 250 people on Nov. 19th for a new business starting up in Harrisburg and another corporate event at the Antique Auto Museum in Hershey for the members of Susquehanna Valley Harley Davidson...RYS will be serving a winter mocktail menu and cocktail menu on the 19th...Also, two weddings in Maryland for July of 2015...Here are some pics of the mocktails for the corp event -
I am happy to announce that I just booked a wedding reception for next August 8, 2015 at the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville, PA...With over 300 animals waiting to welcome you and your guests, the Zoo is located in the heart of the picturesque 100 acre Trexler Nature Preserve...I am very excited because I have never done an event at a zoo before...Pretty cool! August 2015 is now officially booked. Only one weekend left in July 2015.
Now scheduling top shelf Winter cocktail parties and holiday parties during the doldrums of winter...Let 'Raise Your Spirits' lift your spirits and provide you with a unique and fun party experience and exceptional customer service...Free cocktail menus tailored to you and your guests' taste preferences of the season.
Fall and Winter Cocktail Menus up - book with "Raise Your Spirits" and you will get direct access to the cocktails and recipes. I will feature one of these seasonal cocktails in ongoing blog posts. In the meantime, check out the infusions on the cocktail menu page, blog posts, wonderful pictures of past events and cocktails below.
Raise Your Spirits had a very successful and profitable evening in Lancaster on Sat night...The specialty cocktails were a big hit and everyone had a great time...Here are pics from the evening,including cocktail menu, bar area, and beautiful interior of the "The Trust" Performing Arts Center...Thank you to the event staff - Stephanie, Andrew, and Stuart for helping out throughout the night.
Here are some pics of past events, including a Jewish wedding on a farm in Landisburg and a pool block party in Wernersville. It was a very successful weekend for Raise Your Spirits -
Had a great barbeque event on Sat Aug 9th in Flourtown, PA...It was a huge success...Here are some pics, including cocktail menu, bar area, pool area.
Here are some recent pics of a 60th birthday party on August 1, 2014...Pictured is a "Traffic Light" non-alcoholic drink for the kids and "Tickle Me Pink" cocktail for adults.
Here are some pics of yesterday's fantastic and beautiful wedding at Spring Mount Farms in Warriors Mark, PA with the specialty cocktail. Thank you to Melissa and Brooke at Spring Mount Farms for hosting me and accommodating me throughout the day and night. Within a week, I was able to book another wedding with them.
RYS will create and design a cocktail menu based on your and your guests' taste preferences...You can have one specialty, signature, hand-crafted cocktail or more - they will also make homemade syrups and mixers if you desire made with only the freshest of ingredients...The rates are very affordable and everything is done to your specifications with great attention to detail...Inquire within under the Bar/Event Services tab!
Scheduling top shelf mixology classes in your home or place of business for only $20/person...Details under the Bar/Event Services Tab. One flat-rate per person and a lot of fun...Learn about cocktailing and mixing up your favorite cocktails and 'Become An Expert'! You will receive materials and handouts, including Michael's exclusive homemade, hand-crafted cocktail recipes not available to the public. Also receive a complimentary and personalized "Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in the Art of Mixology"
Part 2 of this blog post on "Decoding Wine Labels" will be very technical. Many illustrations will be provided to help support the confusing and unique language given to European wine bottles. To begin, let's look at 'indications of origin' in the European Union (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and so on). The E.U. has a system to recognize and protect agricultural products, such as wine, cheese, meats,etc..., that come from specific places so that companies outside these locations can't make products with the same name and thereby confusing consumers. For example -
We browse the shelves of wine stores all the time, not only to find that perfect bottle for dinner or dinner party, but also to see what's new and on sale. More than ever, we are overwhelmed and stymied by the proliferation of wine labels, varietals, countries, blends, regions, etc...Having this much choice is awesome - or paralyzing - depending on your knowledge of varietals, regions, and foreign languages. This is where feeling comfortable interpreting or decoding the info on wine labels comes in.
Today, Nov 21st, is Beaujolais Nouveau Day in France. It is on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine's grapes have been harvested. Parties are held throughout the country and further afield to celebrate the first wine of the season.
There are about 120 Beaujolais Nouveau related festivals held in the Beaujolais region.
On November 14, the world celebrates International Tempranillo Day. Here are some fun facts wine lovers should know about this lusty Spanish grape.
You’re getting into red wine. You’re craving something different. Something savory. Enter Tempranillo, Spain’s #1 wine grape. With the structure of Cabernet Sauvignon and meaty nature of Carignan, Tempranillo is an experience to behold. When young, it can be surprisingly fresh and fruity. However, with oak and age, you’ll find more of the dust, tobacco, and leather flavors.
If you’re a penny pincher and don’t want to spend a lot of money on wine, but want good, quality wines, then these wines will satisfy your palate and budget. All bottles listed are under $30/bottle, which constitutes a “best buy” in my opinion. I tried to include all different wine types, but a little partial to the wines of Oregon and Washington State these days. Official ratings from “Wine Enthusiast”, but I also offer my notes. Many of these wines listed are hard to find, but available through ordering. ABV (Alcohol By Volume) is the measurement of alcohol.
Someone once ordered a martini at a networking event. “How do you want it?” the bartender asked. I had no idea what he meant but I didn’t want to look dumb. “Uh, shaken?” I replied (because that’s what James Bond says). The bartender smirked. “No, I mean, do you want Vodka or Gin, what brand?, dry, straight up or rocks?” That patron felt dumb. Here’s how to order booze or a drink without embarrassing yourself and avoid being jeered all night.