Nick Ceparullo and Jon Candelaria of Mixers Mobile Bartending share their secret recipes
IF YOU drink alcohol and live in West Chester, you would probably recognize Jon Candelaria and Nick Cepparulo. The two met as bartenders at Kildare’s, and though Jon has moved on, you can still find Nick behind the bar serving up some of the most complex shots in town. The two teamed up to start Mixers Mobile Bartending, a company dedicated to making events easier by handling the drinks. You won’t be stuck behind the bar while your guests enjoy themselves, and you won’t spend hours trying to figure out just what to serve.
So, it only made sense that we turn to Nick and Jon for advice when trying to assemble a list of the best punches to serve at your Halloween party, because, after all, what’s a Halloween party without the punch? The following are their recommendations: a mixture of the complex shots and cocktails they’ve created during their time behind the bar.
Made with five vodkas and a bit of juice, you can tell this drink is strong the second you taste it, but because of the combination of fruit flavors, it can be difficult to identify the liquor. Serve with some orange slices floating about.
As if a Long Island Iced Tea weren’t a dangerous enough drink, the Grateful Dead substitutes the Coke in favor of raspberry-flavored liqueur for a drink sure to knock you on your keister. Despite the massive quantities of alcohol, this drink is still sweet. However, if you’re nervous about your guests getting kooky off the punch, mix in some Sprite and serve with chunks of pineapple.
Sometimes drinks have clever names, and other times the name is pretty much an exact description of the taste you’re sipping. This is the latter. For a twisted punch, go easy on the sour mix and toss in some sour Trolli Gummy Worms and lemon slices.
White Gummy Bear
Everybody knows white gummy bears are the best, and this aptly named punch is a delicious homage. Without soda it’s extremely sweet and sour, so mix in the bubbly to your liking. Try mashing up kiwi and floating the pieces about in this eerie white concoction.