Join Us for Cocktails & Q&A at Midwest Ecommerce Summit 2020
At the end of each day of MES 2020 there will be a “happy hour” social session. We invite you to join us in a weekly toast to your success featuring our presenters’ signature cocktails, then stick around for the live Q&A. The MES team and reps from that day’s presenting companies will be online to answer your questions and further explore the topics you want to hear more about.
We are accepting questions in advance of the event by email. You can also post your questions on social media using the hashtag #MES2020. During the event, you can send your questions by email or by using the webinar platform tools.
MES 2020 Q&A Kickoff Cocktail Recipes
We asked each of our presenting companies to provide a cocktail recipe to share with the MES audience. They’ve provided some truly delicious and creative concoctions for your enjoyment. You can scroll through the recipes below.
The Blayzin’ River
- 1.5oz Fireball™ Whisky
- Mint Leaves
- Splash of Dark Rum
- Splash of Big O® Ginger Liqueur
- Brick River® Homestead Cider
Combine the dark rum, ginger liqueur, Fireball whisky, and a few mint leaves in a cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake it up and pour it into a tall glass over ice, then top it off with your favorite local hard cider. We’ve selected the Homestead Cider from Brick River Cider Company, a ciderworks right around the corner from our office here in downtown St. Louis, MO. We also went local for our ginger liqueur. Big O is based here in St. Louis and can be found in many places across the country. Garnish with mint leaves and enjoy the warm and spicy, yet crisp and fresh flavors of this perfect early fall happy hour cocktail.
Glew Old Fashioned
- 1 sugar cube, or 1-2 teaspoons simple syrup
- 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
- 2 oz rye or bourbon
- Orange twist
- 1-2 cocktail or maraschino cherries (optional)
Combine simple syrup and bitters in a lowball glass. (If using a sugar cube, muddle the sugar cube and bitters with 1 teaspoon of water). Add rye or bourbon and stir. Add 1-2 large ice cubes and stir until chilled, about 30 seconds. Garnish with orange twist and cherries.
Note: If you don’t have simple syrup, you can make it by combining equal parts sugar and water over medium heat and stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let cool before adding to drink.
- 4 ounces Gin
- 4 ounces Apple Cider
- 1 ounce Lime Juice
- 2 ounces Honey Simple Syrup
- Dash Cinnamon
- 2 Thyme Sprigs
- 1 Apple – cut into matchsticks
- Honey Simple Syrup:
- ¼ Cup Honey
- ¼ Cup HOT Water
Make the honey simple syrup: Add the HOT water and honey to a mason jar and shake vigorously until the honey dissolves.
For the cocktail: Combine gin, apple cider, lime juice, honey simple syrup, and cinnamon in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled.
To serve: Fill two glasses with ice and matchstick apples. Strain cocktail to glasses and garnish with sprigs of thyme. Enjoy!
The ShipperHQ Date & Thyme Crush
- 1.5 oz Gin or Vodka
- 1.5 oz Lemon Juice
- 7 – 8 Blueberries
- ¼ tsp Honey
- ½ tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves
- 1 – 3 Splashes of Club Soda
- Extra blueberries & sprigs of thyme for garnish
- In a glass, combine gin (or vodka), lemon juice, blueberries, honey, and thyme leaves.
- Use a muddler or wooden spoon to mash the ingredients.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Top with club soda and stir well.
- Add extra blueberries and sprig of thyme for garnish. Enjoy!
1 oz gin, 1 oz sweet (red) vermouth, 1 oz campari – stir it all together add orange twist with a big ole ice cube (preferably a large Square)
This is Sayed’s instagram handle where you can find “Sayed’s Cocktail Shakedown” (I exaggerated about him being famous, but I guarantee if you watch a video it’ll put a big smile on your face): @sayedsaber
BigCommerce Blue Lagoon
Much like the BigCommerce ecommerce platform, the Blue Lagoon is a show-stopping drink that is surprisingly simple to set up and packs a punch.
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce blue curacao
- 4 ounces lemonade
- crushed ice
Ope! Don’t Forget to Send Us Your Recipes
In true Midwestern fashion, we also invite YOU to submit your own signature beverage for inclusion in our Midwest Ecommerce Summit Cocktail Guide, a digital recipe book we’ll be sending out after the event. This is a great chance to shout out your favorite regional beverages, brews, spirits, and specialties.
Why Have a Virtual Happy Hour?
Nothing caps off a full day of learning quite like a happy hour social session. You can grab a fresh beverage, loosen your collar, rest your heels, and relax a bit while diving into conversation with total strangers who happen to “speak the same language” you do.
These encounters are not only good for network building and professional development, but they also provide a chance to further explore and contextualize new topics and ideas. If you’re lucky, you might even get to dive deep into an engaging one-on-one with a subject matter expert who can answer your most important questions.
Business events learned this secret long ago, and most have incorporated social time into their schedules. They get sponsors, soften the lights, roll out the bar station, pass out the drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres, and watch the magic happen.
Conversations start. Stresses fade. Smiles get brighter and laughs get louder. Then the discussions get more in-depth. Even those who opt out of the alcohol can feel the buzz as people stop being their LinkedIn profile avatars and start being themselves.
Since COVID came along, these opportunities are few, far between, and inherently risky. Social groups and work teams have been compensating by meeting online over Zoom and Google Hangouts, and while they’re not quite as magical, the spark is still there. Why wouldn’t we want to give you that experience?
That’s why we’re doing the MES happy hours. To rekindle a flame that’s been challenged by COVID. That’s something we can all toast to this year.