Wedding Drinks Decoded: A Specialty Cocktail Guide
We realize selecting your signature wedding drinks is a daunting task, but there's no need to get your veil in a wad! As always, we're here to help.
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Open bars come with a hefty price tag that are like, whoa. Even more fun? Those longwinded, rambling (read: embarrasing) speeches from an overzealous distant relative.
Let’s bypass the whole overspending and overserving thing by starting with a pocket-friendly beer and wine package. Pair the red, white and brews with personalized specialty cocktails that are unique to the newlyweds. Not only will this cut your Uncle Bob’s speech time in half (you’re welcome), it will keep your budget and sanity in check.
“B-b-but—how on earth do we choose?! We. Love. All. Of. The. Drinks.”
Okay, and as relatable and fair as that statement is, you do not need all of the drinks. In keeping with the marital theme, we're here to prove that sometimes it's best to find the one and fully commit. How will you know you've found the cocktail meant for you? Well, you simply won't be able to imagine your reception without it.
We’ve taken it upon ourselves to play matchmaker, presenting you with alcohol two ways for any couple. Whether you're a bride and groom, groom and groom or bride and bride, we vow that a pair of our marriage-worthy cocktails will showcase your personality on the big day. Now, pick your preference and let’s get started!
It would be hard to feel anything less than ultra-cool while sipping from one of these mugs. Glassware aside, the Moscow Mule is one of the trendiest drinks around and for a good reason. It marries vodka with lime and ginger beer for a drink that is as satisfying as it is suave. Ten out of 10, would highly recommend. Get the recipe.
Savannah Fizz Cocktail
What’s a newlywed to do after getting hitched to their sweetie? Drink some sweet tea (vodka), of course! Add muddled blackberries, champagne and mint leaves to the mix for a Southern concoction that will have guests asking for round three (or four), y'all. Get the recipe.
Cummerbunds and cucumber cocktails? This love connection is a no-brainer. The Cucumber Gimlet is a spin on the vintage gin cocktail that ups the ante and sophistication of your reception in a major way. Combine gin, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and muddled cucumber. Gently shake and serve in a highball glass with ice. Get the recipe.
Grapefruit Gin + Tonic
A revamp on the classic go-to, our Grapefruit G&T is the prettiest shade of blushing pink! This gin cocktail packs serious citrus flavor that’s elevated by fresh mint and elderflower liqueur. But actually, is there really anything that says "June wedding" more than a pink cocktail made from floral liqueur? Get the recipe.
Romance Caribeno is a rum cocktail that lives up to its charming name. It combines fresh lemon and lime juice with Cointreau, Grand Marnier and bubbly citrus soda. Dressed up with a splash of grenadine and a lemon wheel garnish, this handsome drink is reception ready. Get the recipe.
Pineapple Hibiscus Punch
One sip of this fruity and floral punch and guests will think they've skipped the reception and crashed the tropical honeymoon. Combine white rum with pineapple juice, hibiscus tea, cilantro sprigs and fresh ginger syrup. Finished off with skewered pineapple as garnish, this drink is a ticket to paradise. Get the recipe.
Tom's Mellow Melon Margarita
Someone made an honest man of "Tequila Shot Tommy," and it’s only right that he celebrate accordingly. His go-to for the occasion? A sophisticated alternative to college-days shooters: Tom’s Mellow Melon Margarita. This drink combines Patron, lime juice, agave nectar and muddled watermelon, resulting in a celebratory cocktail that any tequila-lovin' Tom, Tara or Jane can (and will) appreciate. Get the recipe.
Romeo + Juliet
Now that our tequila-lovers are living our their very own legendary romance, a commemorative cocktail is in order! Enter arguably the most romantic libation of all time: Romeo + Juliet. Patron, Grand Marnier, raspberry liquor and peach juice yield a cocktail that will have brides, grooms and guests alike asking, "where art thou, round two?" Get the recipe.
Hop, Skip + Go Naked Punch
You’re newlyweds and we suggest you hop, skip and go naked to celebrate. Whoa, whoa, slow down guys. Keep that tux on! While common decency suggests that you should remained clothed until the wedding night, that doesn’t mean your cocktail has to. This punch combines whiskey with beer, lemonade and citrus soda. Here’s hoping this is the only time you’ll “get naked” with your in-laws. Get the recipe.
Frozen Mint Julep
You don’t have to hail from the South to appreciate this fresh whiskey cocktail. The Frozen Mint Julep combines flavors of bourbon whiskey, fresh lemon juice and fresh mint leaves. Blended with ice, this cocktail is ideal for outdoor receptions during hot summer nights. Holding an indoor reception? We can’t think of a better cocktail to cool you down after a couple of spins on the dance floor. Get the recipe.
Can’t settle on just two? We fully support your decision to add an “Ours” drink as a third option on your menu. Cheers to years of marital bliss!
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