Recipes to Make Your Wedding Cocktail Hour POP!

ERICH MCVEY

Whether you want to celebrate a holiday, enjoy a season, or embrace the time of day, there is always a suitable drink for every occasion. Your wedding is no different and it presents the perfect opportunity to let your imagination get creative. After all, it's a once-in-a-lifetime day, so why wouldn't you want to make it all about you from beginning to end? One of the best and most memorable ways to put a mark on your nuptial celebration is with delicious, signature cocktails. Crafting some custom "his and hers" cocktails can be an enjoyable way to tell your wedding guests a little bit about yourselves as a couple, or how your relationship came to be.

Think of serving those drinks you like to have while you're out to dinner, or the cocktails you shared on picnics or other dates. Maybe both of you want to pick a cocktail that reminds you of home or a favorite holiday destination. Whatever the reason influencing your choice, your guests will surely enjoy imbibing a few cocktails that tell a little story about you and your newlywed. Find your perfect ingredients and start mixing. Read on and get inspired!

Classic Gimlet

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz dry gin
  • 1 oz lime cordial
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters 

BRENT HOFACKER / FOTOLIA

Many of the classic cocktails are wonderfully simple, and the Gimlet is no exception. For an authentic experience, try a 50-50 measurement of Rose's lime juice and gin; and for a more contemporary twist, just add a dash of soda. The Gimlet is a snappy little cocktail and there's no real bad time to have one. It's an all-weather drink.

Orange-Vanilla Bean Scotch Smash

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz blended scotch
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 lemon, quartered
  • 1-inch-long piece vanilla bean
  • 2 pieces orange peel

NOLE GAREY / OH SO BEAUTIFUL PAPER

The orange and vanilla pairing plays perfectly together with the Scotch's smokey woodiness to produce this delicious drink. Use a mellow-blended Scotch whiskey without much peat for a smooth drink. This will give you and your guests just the right measurement of sweetness to neutralize the spice and citrus. It’s a unique fruity twist that will definitely awaken even the driest palette.

Ginger Mojito

Ingredients:

  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 125ml white rum
  • 1 cup dry ginger ale, chilled
  • 2 cups ice cubes

TRUVIA

Don’t you just love the sound of this one; it sounds pretty exotic, doesn’t it? Well, it is! If you're planning to get hitched in the summer, this is the best drink to spice up your nuptials. It's cool, spicy, and delivers the right amount of kick. It's a classic that speaks to an outspoken and fun-loving personality. Your guests will come for the recipe afterward.

Lemonade Mimosa with Blood Orange

Ingredients:

  • Champagne or Sparkling white wine
  • Blood orange juice (or any variety of orange juice)
  • Lemonade

SUGAR AND CHARM

Who said Champagne has to be limited to toasts only? This lemonade mimosa recipe with blood orange is a twist on the classic mimosa. It’s fancy like it sounds, yet gives a good quick worthy of any elegant occasion! It's refreshing, fruity, full of flavor, and perfect for a spring wedding. Also, the vibrant colors will add to the whole ambiance. Tip: try to use the same colors for the mimosas as your overall wedding theme. The resulting color blending will make your guest green with envy!

Rosemary Greyhound

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz rosemary simple syrup
  • 4 oz grapefruit juice
  • Sprig of rosemary for garnish

WINE & LIQUOR

The sweet and spicy rosemary simple syrup mixed with the tart grapefruit juice is just so incredible. The rosemary gives the cocktail a beautiful scent with every sip. The rosemary greyhound would make a great 'hers' signature drink at any wedding. It's also perfect for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, or for an enjoyable girls' night get together. Add a sprig of rosemary for garnish and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon too if you're feeling extra festive.

Bloody Mary

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 1-3 dashes Tabasco sauce 
  • 4-6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Celery sticks

ISABEL EATS

Aaaaah! The classic Bloody Mary. If you're planning a morning wedding, no other cocktail says "brunch" quite like a Bloody Mary. You can never go wrong with this age-old sweetheart! With a variety of veggies, pickled treats, and quite a hot kick, it will most definitely get your attendants up and dancing. Want more of a personal and unique touch? Pair various types of flavored salt rims with a garnish of your choice.

Local Craft Beer

There are so many various types of beers, whether you feel like going for a light wheat beer, or a dark ale. There's no doubt that you will find the right craft beer for the occasion, which speaks to your personality as an individual or couple. If you decide to have a craft beer, make sure it has a great food pairing. This will make the beer more enjoyable. If you’re not so sure about the select, find the smaller breweries nearby and try out their line-up. Most of them have some really mean in-house brews that will blow your mind away!

READER'S DIGEST

Strawberry Daiquiris

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz frozen strawberries
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 oz lemon and lime juice
  • Sugar

THE SPRUCE EATS

This sweet cocktail is perfect for summer weddings. During this season think about taking advantage of seasonal fruit such as strawberries. It's an all-round classic which is bound to be a favorite for many with or without the alcohol. You can also play around with the citrus fruit for different flavors.

Green Tea and Peach Julep

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooled green tea
  • 1 cup fresh peach juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 oz good quality bourbon
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Lemon slices and ice cubes for garnishing

HALF BAKED HARVEST

There are so many wonderful cocktail recipes you can make using tea blends, and green tea makes for a great cocktail. It makes you feel energized and it's a great drink for detoxing the body. This cocktail will ensure your wedding never has a dull moment.

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to do it; you can make use of garnishes and other drink-related elements such as monogrammed napkins and stirrers to add that touch of personalization to your signature drink. And the best part about having a cocktail? The name, of course! Even if you choose to serve a simple margarita in an old-fashioned way, that doesn't mean you can't give the drink a fun new name that resonates with the occasion.

Ask your caterer or mixologist to help you craft your specialty sips and come up with quirky unforgettable labels for them. Also, don't forget that flavor plays a big part in making your beverages 'pop' out, as are how they are served and displayed. Avoid the common and easily-identified recipes. Always add an extra dimension that will keep your guests intrigued! Happy nuptials!



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