A signature cocktail is a wonderful way to inject some personality and uniqueness into a wedding reception. And almost everyone loves a tasty drink! But deciding on which signature cocktail is right for you can be a tough choice. Here are some tips for choosing the right cocktail for you, and some simple recipes as well.
- Pick a cocktail that’s appropriate for your wedding. Think of your wedding venue, the season, and the atmosphere of your wedding when considering your options. For example, a spiced apple cider would be wonderful for a fall wedding, but would seem quite out of place at a summer beach wedding. A whiskey lemonade served in mason jars is the perfect drink for a rustic barn wedding, but would seem strange at an upscale, elegant affair.
- Consider color. Unless you’re drinking straight vodka or gin, most cocktails are one color or another. If you want your signature cocktail to match your color scheme, there are a lot of options. A quick Google search for “red cocktails” or “blue cocktails” will yield plenty of recipes. And remember, champagne looks good with almost anything!
- Don’t feel like you have to reinvent the wheel. A signature cocktail doesn’t have to be something new and trendy, or something invented just for your wedding. If you’re a gin and tonic fan, by all means serve them! If you like sangria, go for it! I promise, nobody will roll their eyes because you didn’t serve something they’d never heard of before.
- Think about your guests’ preferences. While a signature cocktail is the couple’s choice, you want your guests to enjoy them and drink up! So if you know for a fact that most of your guests hate tequila, then maybe margaritas aren’t the best idea. Drinks that are too strong or too sweet may turn off some guests as well, although it’s important to note that you can’t please everyone. If you have a lot of underage guests or teetotalers attending, it would be a thoughtful gesture to include a virgin version of your cocktail. And if you’re having a dry wedding, you can still join in on the fun. There are tons of tasty non-alcoholic drink recipes out there!
- Have a budget in mind. Booze can be expensive, so don’t forget to consider costs. Something like a classic martini, which is all booze with no mixer, will cost a lot more than a drink with juice or soda, since more alcohol is being consumed per person. You can save money by purchasing well brands instead of premium liquor as well.
Here are some quick and super-easy signature cocktail ideas. Feel free to name them anything you like, which will make them extra special.
- Add a dash of raspberry, strawberry, or pomegranate liqueur to a glass of champagne, and garnish with an orange slice.
- Shake vodka and chocolate cream liqueur over ice and strain into a chocolate-rimmed cocktail glass. For variations, use a flavored vodka like coffee, vanilla, or coconut.
- Pour plain or citrus vodka and lemonade over ice and garnish with something fun like basil leaves or fresh strawberries. Or add a dash of grenadine for a pink lemonade. Or use sweet tea vodka for an alcoholic Arnold Palmer!
It can be as simple as that!
So… let me hear it. What are some of your favorite signature cocktails?