A toast to the happy couple! Things to consider when creating your signature cocktail
The saying goes, “beer and wine are always fine,” (or something like that), but why not liven up your wedding and offer guests a specialty drink that really brings all of the details of your wedding together? We say, cheers to that!
What’s really in a name? Everything! And, definitely something cute. You want the name of your signature cocktail to display those extra details about your big day. A combination of your names (John + Carol = Carolling Johnny Spritzer), named after a pet who couldn’t attend (Max’s Mint Mojito), or after a special place that is near and dear to your heart together (the place you met, Mexican Margaritas)
Now you see it, now you don’t! Be sure you choose the best way to display your chosen beverage (or beverages) so guests drink up. Large batched cocktails are easy to make and easy to serve. No line at the bar for the win! Choose a station option, like a Make Your Own Mojito (we pour the booze, you choose the mixers and garnishes) or Make Your Own Mimosa. Even non-alcoholic beverages are an amazing way to set on display and can be readily available for guests. Add a ‘twist’ with fresh fruit infused waters, herbal iced tea, or a sweet sparkling lemonade.
Like peanut butter and jelly, or ketchup and mustard (just not in a drink), you want to select flavors that will compliment each other when creating your signature drink. Beginning with something classic and adding a little ‘extra’ is an easy and quick way to make a drink your own. Maybe it’s a Jack & Coke, but add in cherry juice. Now you have a Jack & Cherry Coke! Something simple with a little twist can go a long way, and you know it will still taste great! Don’t go overboard with selecting flavors and mixes though. Some ideas are great in theory, but the execution and combination can leave a bad taste in your mouth, literally. Be sure to choose something that speaks to the season too. Nothing like having a steaming hot coffee in the middle of an outdoor wedding in Arizona in the summer (OK, that doesn’t really happen, but just an example). Use ingredients that are seasonal, and you know we love local, for that extra special flare and taste. Colorado Peaches are always our favorite for those summer weddings!
“Fill me up…” but only if it’s in an amazing glass! Selecting your glassware to serve your specialty cocktail can sometimes be that little detail that can be easily overlooked. You serve wine in a wine glass and beer in a pint glass (or a bottle), so why not select the best stemware to complement your flavors? Sure, you can choose any type of glass to serve your beverage, but really consider the final look and appeal of your drink once it’s served to your wedding guests. You’ll want to be sure the bar has the desired glassware and always use a bartenders recommendations based on what you’ve created. Some drinks are best served cold and over ice (or on the rocks for us drink aficionados over here), so be sure the glassware can accommodate ice, or that it won’t be too overloaded with just ice and no beverage. The stemware can also help with the overall final look of your drink. If you’ve selected your cocktail to be vibrant colors; a taller, collins glass is the way to go. This will truly spotlight those colors, whereas an old fashioned glass would simply be too short and limit the sight line of the beverage.
Ahh… how refreshing! Sipping your specialty cocktail alongside your wedding guests can be an all day affair or offered just during a specific time frame during your special day. Here are a few options for deciding on selecting the right time to serve your specialty drinks. To start, think about the other details of your big day too. Will bar service be open pre-wedding (so is the bar open the duration of your wedding timeline)? If so, maybe your specialty drink is a non-alcoholic beverage to keep those guests hydrated and always headed back for more (but without the hangover). Maybe offering your drink of choice during your cocktail reception to really spotlight this special drink. The final option is to offer it throughout the duration of your bar service. This would allow guests to enjoy your concoction all night long! Whichever option works and fits best with your special day and details, drink up and enjoy!
Need more ideas for cocktails? Look what we found on brides.com : 38 Signature Cocktails for Summer Weddings
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