As someone who’s attended a lot of weddings, I’m writing this as a favor to wedding guests everywhere. So, if you’re planning a wedding, listen up.
Please, for the love of God, no more White Wine Spritzers. I mean, I know it’s easy. I know it’s relatively cheap, with mass appeal. But I promise you, it’s not the only one. You’ve got options, and we’re here to give them to you.
Your wedding day should be all about you and your bride/groom to be; there’s no reason that should stop at your cocktail. We can help you create a signature cocktail that makes sense for your big day, whether that’s fitting perfectly with your theme or combining your favorite spirits in a celebratory way.
A word of advice for whatever signature cocktail you choose; make sure you and your partner love it (almost) as much as you love each other.
Why is the signature cocktail so important? Because (if your wedding is anything like mine) you probably won’t find much time to eat (except for the few crumbs of cake that make it into your mouth). You will, however, find time to drink. So, you’re going to want to make sure your signature cocktail is something that can sustain you all night, without sending you over the top.
That’s a tall order, but don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Check out these 8 Instagram-worthy signature cocktails for your #weddingofthecentury. Your guests will thank you.
1. Black and White Martini
There’s nothing more classic (yet modern at the same time) than a black and white themed wedding. Traditional black and white tuxedos for the men, a beautiful white dress for the bride, and killer little black dresses for the bridesmaids. The only thing left is to complete the theme with a signature cocktail. We recommend a Black and White Martini.
Use white chocolate liqueur or white creme de cacao and vanilla or cake vodka for a twist on the classic recipe. You’ll wind up with a Martini that tastes suspiciously like an alcohol infused wedding cake and looks amazing with your theme. To complete the look, garnish with black olives.
Bonus, just imagine the James Bond themed groomsmen photos… you’re one drink away from becoming a viral internet sensation. Just make sure it’s shaken, not stirred.
Combine 3 parts Vanilla or Cake flavored Vodka and 1 part White Chocolate Liqueur, shake with ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with black olives on tooth-pick.
2. Wedded Rosé-Berry Bliss
This drink has signature cocktail written all over it. First, it’s got a cleverly themed name without being overdone or obnoxious. Second, it’s a WINE cocktail, which is pretty much the best kind of cocktail. And finally, it’s got fresh fruit and lemonade in it, which will help keep your hunger at bay while you pose for a picture with literally every person you’ve ever met.
Another great thing about this signature cocktail is that it’s simple to make yourself. All you need is a nice pink rosé, Sprite, some pink lemonade mix, and frozen blueberries.
If you’ve got bartenders for the night, then it’s a breeze for them to make to order. If not, this is an extra easy drink to make up in advance. Just bust out your best punch bowl, and you’ve got an easy to serve alcoholic option for your guests. The frozen blueberries will even act as ice cubes, without watering down your drink. Pretty brilliant.
Make it by the Drink: Combine two parts Rosé with one part Sprite and one part pink lemonade. Add frozen blueberries to taste and stir.
Make a Batch: Combine 2 standard size bottles of Rosé, 1 liter of Sprite, and 1 liter of pink Lemonade. Pour in frozen blueberries just before serving. Stir and serve.
Original Recipe here
3. DIY Drink Station (Mix-and-Match Tom Collins)
If you’re planning a wedding, you’re going to want to make sure Tom Collins is on the guest list. In fact, while you’re making that seating chart, you better just give him his own table.
Alright, so a “Tom Collins” isn’t exactly a wedding themed drink by name. But, hear us out.
Set up your drink table or bar with bottles of gin and white rum. Lay out a variety of sliced citrus fruits, decorative vases filled with sprigs of fresh thyme, mint, lavender and rosemary, a few herb infused simple syrups, and some soda water. If you have a bartender, they can craft drinks to each guest’s specifications. If not, guests will love being able to craft their own custom cocktail on your special day.
You and your bride or groom to be can practice your mixology in advance and give your guests recipe cards for your favorite infusion. Your friends and family can simply order the drinks by your name, or create their own custom cocktail. It’s super simple, classy, easy to prepare, and it won’t break the bank.
Adapted from post originally on HonestCooking.
1½ oz gin/rum
1 oz citrus juice
½ oz herb simple syrup
soda water to taste
herbs, for garnish
Herb Infused Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
herbs (8 thyme sprigs or 4 rosemary sprigs or ¼ cup dried lavender buds or ⅓ cup packed mint leaves)
Combine gin/rum, citrus juice and simple syrup in an ice filled glass and stir.
Add soda water to taste then garnish with fresh herbs.
4. Something Blue
According to wedding planning website, The Knot, this phrase is a part of an old British saying regarding the goodluck charms a woman carries on her wedding day. “Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity.”
Something old is usually easy, since weddings are cram-packed with tradition. At our wedding, my blushing bride wore the ring my Dad used to propose to my Mom. As for something borrowed, people love being a part of your big day, so don’t hesitate to ask Aunt Peggy for those diamond earrings you’ve had your eyes on. To borrow… of course. For something new, take your pick; shoes, dress, nails, last name… you get the idea. But what about something blue? Unless blue is part of your theme, this is the one that usually throws brides.
We say, be bold and make your signature cocktail ‘Something Blue’. Besides the conveniently themed color, it looks good, tastes great, and is easy to make.
Combine 2 ounces Hypnotiq Liqueur, 2 ounces white wine, and 1 ounce Ginger Ale in a Champagne flute. Toast to a modern twist on an old tradition.
5. White Cosmopolitan
A traditional cosmo works at weddings with a red or pink theme, but otherwise it kind of clashes with your color scheme. That’s disappointing because, let’s be honest, Cosmos are delicious. They’re a fun, flirty twist on a more classic wedding cocktail, which we shall not name. *cough*winespritzer*cough*
Shake 2 parts vodka, 1 part St. Germain, 3/4 part white cranberry juice, and 1/2 part lime juice with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and choose dainty orchid to use as a garnish.
6. Stella Artois Cidre Arnold Palmer
A spiked Arnold Palmer is the perfect drink for any summertime wedding. You can even save money by serving iced tea and lemonade as your non-alcoholic drink options. Then all you need to make the Spiked Arnold Palmer your signature drink is a few cases of Stella Artois Cidre.
Serve in a wine glass for more traditional weddings or in mason jars for a more rustic feel. Either way, throw in a couple lemon wheels and a sprig of rosemary, and you’ve got a drink people will be talking about for years to come.
In a large wine glass, combine 1 part lemonade with 1 part iced tea. Add a splash (approx. 1 tsp.) of rosemary simple syrup, and top with 2 parts Stella Artois Cidre. Garnish with lemon wheels and 1 sprig rosemary.
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