You want your wedding to be extremely personal and everything about it should represent you and your spouse. From personalized table decorations to gifts to photo booth props and signage, each detail is a reflection of you as a couple. You can keep the theme going by creating personalized drinks that can be passed around or served all night at the bar. This will add a special touch to your special day and will remind you of those special memories when you have them in the future. Get creative and it’s guaranteed that your guests will appreciate a drink that’s unique and different. Here are some tips on how to create your own cocktail that fits your wedding and some drink examples!
Have Two Signature Drinks
Most couples want a signature cocktail that captures the theme of the day, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have two cocktails that speak to each of you. Consider having his and hers cocktails, that way there will be more variety and flavours to choose from. The groom may want to serve his signature old fashioned while the bride might want something more refreshing like a sangria. Serve both and watch your guests enjoy their night. Make sure that your caterers are well prepared to accommodate the flow of guests so no one is waiting too long for their drinks and your bartenders aren’t be overwhelmed.
If you only have amateur drink-making skills or preferences, consider the flavours and drinks you normally gravitate towards on a night out. Brainstorm the different drinks and flavours you and your spouse enjoy and dislike. In general, cocktails fall into four categories: strong, sour, sweet and low alcohol. Having a variety of drinks, like a strong Manhattan or a sweet French martini, that fall into these categories will ensure that there is a drink for someone. It’s always a good idea to serve a low alcohol option, which can save money as well as ensure that your guests don’t get too carried away.
Incorporate Trendy Flavours
If your choice of drink is a vodka soda, start with that as a base and add different flavoured syrups to make it more complex. Tea is also a very popular option that comes in many different varieties and flavours. Consider adding a sprig of rosemary or sage to your final product as a tasteful garnish and flavour booster. These are just a few ways to add a twist to basic drinks.
Complement the Theme
The signature drink can also be another way to tie the evening together. If you have a unique menu, consider having a drink that pairs well with the food. Think about the theme you are having for your wedding, the menu and the venue. If it’s a formal wedding, make sure your drinks are in fancy glassware to make it fit in with the theme. If your theme is more relaxed and funky, have glassware that represents this as well like mason jars or adding in a cute straw. A simple change of garnish for the drinks can add in the finishing touches to bring everything together!
Consider Your Guests
Although it is your special day, your guests will not all have the same tastes. Try to create a cocktail menu that’s both interesting and universally appealing. Go for spirits like vodka and rum instead of polarizing gin and whiskey flavours. Even if you have a drink that’s amazing, not everyone will like it. Aim to have one or two unique drinks in addition to classic cocktails and beverages.
Don’t Get Hung Up on Colour
Just because your wedding theme is pink and white, doesn’t mean your drinks have to be the same colour. This can cost a lot of extra money and time. Instead, tie in the theme through garnishes and bar accessories like straws and napkins.
Adding your own unique cocktails can help make your wedding more memorable and fun. If you’re having trouble thinking of some drinks, here are two signature drinks to start off with.
Blushing Kiss Martini
What You’ll Need:
- 2 parts gin
- 1 part St. Germain
- 1 part grapefruit juice
- grapefruit wedge
- sprig of thyme
How to Make it:
Add the ice, gin, St. Germain, and grapefruit juice into a shaker and mix well. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a grapefruit wedge and sprig of thyme. Enjoy!
Magic Hour Cocktail
Love champagne? Add this creative twist!
What You’ll Need:
- 1 1/2 ounces of Lillet Rose
- 1/2 ounce of grapefruit juice
- 1/4 ounce of simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
- 3/4 teaspoon Yellow Chartreuse
- 3 or 4 ounces of your favourite champagne or sparkling wine
- grapefruit peel for garnish
How to Make it:
Add all your ingredients except the champagne into a shaker with ice. Shake it all up nicely and strain into a champagne flute. Top it off with your champagne or sparkling wine, and enjoy!
No matter what signature cocktail you select for your wedding, make sure it’s something personal and a cocktail you actually like. It should reflect either something about yourself, the two of you as a couple or your wedding theme.