Choosing Your Wedding’s Signature Cocktail

When it comes time to toast to you and your love’s newly-official marriage, you’re going to want to offer your guests something that is just as delicious to look at as it is to sip! Yep – we’re talking about your wedding reception’s signature drink. And while beer and wine get the job done just fine, let’s be honest, how often does that match your theme? You’ve spent too long developing your color scheme to let a bottle of Blue Moon set the tone.

A signature drink is a unique or original drink, usually a cocktail, that represents the couple of the evening. It can be designed to fit a theme, a color scheme, or even to represent local ingredients that speak to the wedding reception venue.

Set your wedding apart from others by offering one or two signature drinks during your cocktail hour or reception. You will want to balance a beverage that is both fun will appeal to your guest list. With the right selection, your wedding’s signature drink could become its own memory that no one will forget!

So how do you decide on that special drink? Here are a few tips to finding your wedding’s perfect signature cocktail.

Keep it timely

When it comes to your signature drink’s ingredients, consider mixing up something great using fresh ingredients that speak to whatever time of year it is. A seasonal cocktail will be easier to drink and more fitting with your overall theme. Pull some inspiration from these popular, seasonal ingredients:

Winter ingredients (December – March)

  • Cinnamon and warm spices
  • Dried fruit
  • Candy cane
  • Cocoa

Spring Ingredients (March – June)

  • Fresh herbs (mint, basil, cilantro!)
  • Ginger beer
  • Elderflower

Summer ingredients (June – August)

  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Cucumber
  • Peach

Fall ingredients (September – November)

  • Apple
  • Bourbon
  • Pumpkin
  • Maple

Make it about you

Thinking about the flavors above, try incorporating the ones that highlight both of your personalities as the bride and groom. For example, couples who love the beach can serve a fruity cocktail that is reminiscent of a tropical island.  An outdoorsy couple might want to choose something super fresh, such as a cocktail infused with cucumber, jalapeño, or fresh herbs.

A little color goes a long way

What better way to tie in your wedding’s theme than to incorporate your wedding colors as part of the signature drink?! You can easily do that with a splash of fresh fruit or fruit juice, or by serving a drink that’s overall the same hue as the decorations in your venue.

If you can’t pick a drink that has the exact color scheme feel free to spice up the cocktail with a colorful garnish or napkin.

Create a unique name

No matter what signature drink you pick – something more aligned with an original recipe or a totally new concoction – give it a fun name. Try picking something that incorporates your wedding theme, your wedding hashtag, or a mash-up with your new married name.

Double it up!

If you and your hubby-to-be can’t decide on a signature drink, offer your guest some leeway with his and hers cocktails. You can pick your favorite drink and your fiancé can pick his… voila!  That way, your guests have two drink options before the open bar opens up.

Stay classy

Are you more of an old fashioned kinda gal? No worries! Stick with a classic drink and add one or two new ingredients to it in order to spice it up a bit. If you find yourself struggling to figure out what “signature” touch to add, ask your venue bartenders for some inspiration.

Still stuck?

If you’re still struggling with whipping up the most original, beautiful, sexy cocktail… build off of the bubbly! In other words, break out the Champagne. A celebration staple, there are a ton of cocktails that can be made with the drink.

Different infusions and add-ins come into play to spice up classic bubbly. It’s common to see flavors such as rosemary and lavender added to Champagne. These flavors provide a lighter, elegant twist without a ton of effort.

Add in something sans-alcohol

We all can probably think of a few wedding guests that like to indulge and may even get a bit crazy towards the end of the night. Consider creating a specialty, non-alcoholic “parting” drink for the end of the reception.

Coconut water stirred with some fresh pineapple or a sprig of mint will keep guests refreshed and help them recover from the evening’s festivities.

Now get creative!

When it all comes down to it, at least where drinks are involved, it’s important to remember that signature drinks should revolve around one thing – you and your fiancé! When guests pick up your cocktail, they should feel the celebration. And so should you!

Cheers to that!

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