Say “I Do” to Signature Cocktails

Are you struggling to find wedding ideas that let your personality shine through the traditional aspects of a wedding? Signature cocktails are a simple and creative way to customize your drink menu while still following tradition. Everyone loves a good cocktail and picking the right one for your special day is no small feat. That’s why we’re here to help get those creative juices flowing and give you some things to take into consideration when planning the beverage selection for your wedding. Since summer is upon us we’ve also included some fun seasonal recipes to try out at home or for your next get together as well!

  • Theme: Create cocktails to go with any theme. A lemonade based cocktail served in mason jars would compliment a rustic ambiance, whereas a lavender infused cocktail garnished with  rosemary or thyme would pair well with a garden theme.

  • Location: Brainstorm cocktails that pair well with your location. For example if you’re having a tropical beach destination wedding create cocktails using local tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, or coconut.

  • Season: Match your cocktails to the season in which your wedding is taking place. Alcoholic ice cream based cocktails might be a refreshing treat at a summer wedding but won’t have the same impact during wintertime nuptials.

  • Color: It’s easy to create different colored cocktails so you can choose to have them match your wedding colors or even have them compliment or accent them. A great idea for sports fans is to have the cocktails be the same color as your favorite team.

  • Humor: Add in some puntastic names for his and her drinks such as “I only have ice for you” for a slushie cocktail or “Olive you forever” for a Martini based cocktail. Just make sure to have a little description of the drink so guests know what they’ll be drinking.

  • Choice: Instead of a traditional champagne only toast, guests now have the option to cheers you with drinks made specifically for your wedding. This accommodates for different tastes while allowing for more traditionally minded folks and members of the family the choice to stick with what they know.

  • Versatility: Having a large wedding? Make a punch or sangria based cocktail that can be made in large batches in advance. Having a small wedding? Go all out with more complex drinks with unique garnishes. Part of a family that’s not big on alcohol? Serve delicious mocktails instead. The possibilities are endless.

  • Memorability: Champagne is used to toast everything from a promotion to a pregnancy so friends and family may only have a vague recollection of toasting to you on your wedding day. Having signature cocktails for your wedding day is more memorable for not only the guests but the bride and groom as well because you’ll be whisked back down memory lane each time you drink them.

If you do decide to have signature cocktails at your wedding, the best person to help you is your venue’s bartenders. They usually have several years of experience when it comes to what cocktails can realistically be made based on the number of guests, which cocktails are crowd pleasers, and if you’re not sure they can provide a multitude of suggestions tailored to your taste. If you’re still looking for more inspiration for your cocktail menu then why not try a few of Longmeadow’s favorites!

Sparkling Summer Peach

Even if you’re not usually a fan of vodka, the mellow fruit flavors in this drink might change your mind. Pineapple and lime juices come together for a bright, sweet, and slightly tangy addition to the peach-infused recipe from Beautiful Booze.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Seagram’s Peach Vodka
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • Sparkling wine, to top

Directions:

Directions: Add all ingredients except sparkling wine into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients. Strain into your glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish and enjoy.

Blueberry Ginger Mule

A Moscow Mule practically screams ‘summer’—a bright cocktail inside a frosty copper mug, keeping everything cool in the summer heat. This recipe from Deep Eddy Vodka uses lemon-infused vodka and a homemade blueberry cordial. Yum!

Ingredients:

    • 1 oz. Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
    • 1 oz. Deep Eddy Straight Vodka
    • 2 oz. blueberry cordial*
    • Goya Ginger Beer

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a copper mug filled with crushed ice.

Champagne Cobbler

Another simple drink, this will make a lot of folks happy. Champagne (or a less-expensive bubbly like Prosecco), fresh citrus, and simple syrup are all you need. To make, you’ll need the below ingredients:

Ingredients:

  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
  • Orange twist
  • Lemon twist
  • Champagne
  • Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Mint and berries for garnish

Directions:

Combine simple syrup, oils from citrus twists, and citrus twists into a pint glass. Add crushed ice up to about 1/2 inch below the rim of the glass. Fill glass with Champagne and stir with a swizzle stick. Add a thin layer of crushed ice and add several dashes of Peychaud’s to create a layered color effect. Top with more crushed ice and garnish with mint sprig and fresh berries.

If you like any of these cocktails and want to try more be sure to head on over to Brides.com for their full list of summer cocktails that will be sure to leave you asking for more!

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