What better way to add a hint of personality into your wedding than with your very own signature cocktail? Alcoholic or not, signature drinks can work to transform any cocktail hour or reception into a unique and personal event that guests are sure to remember.
The first thing to do when deciding on a signature cocktail is to settle on the flavours, mixes or liquors you and your groom like best. If you enjoy sweet, fruity flavours opt for a lighter cocktail; if stronger, more robust flavours are your thing, try a simple mixed drink that will let the individual flavours you pick really stand out. Not loving your groom's drink of choice? Many couples choose to offer two signature drinks: one based on the bride's drink of choice, and one on the groom's!
Now that the fall season is upon us, why not dazzle guests with a delicious fall-inspired cocktail like apple pie sangria or a pumpkin-spiced margarita? Use your cocktail to reflect you and your personal style or theme: an apple bourbon Bellini is a super elegant choice, while vanilla vodka chai tea is a more rustic option.
Whatever you decide, make sure your cocktail represents the most important part of your wedding: you!
Get inspired by these delicious fall cocktail options:
Apple Pie Sangria:
· 2 bottles white wine (for a sweeter sangria, use a Riesling or moscato. For something less sweet and more dry, try a pino grigio or sauvignon blanc.)
· 5 cups fresh apple cider
· 2 cups club soda
· 1 cup caramel vodka
· 4 honey crisp or pink lady apples, chopped
· 3 pears (any type), chopped
· 2 cinnamon sticks
Simply add all of the ingredients (minus the cinnamon sticks) and stir. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Add cinnamon sticks approximately half an hour before serving. Enjoy!
Recipe courtesy of The Cookie Rookie
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 2 oz. of tequila
- 1 tablespoon of 100% pumpkin puree
- 1 splash Cointreau (or triple sec)
- 1 splash water
- 1 handful of ice cubes
- A pinch of cinnamon
Combine ingredients (except the water) into a martini shaker and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add the splash of water. Looking to really wow guests? Garnish with an orange twist or rim the cocktail glass with cinnamon!
Recipe courtesy of The Skinny Confidential
Apple Bourbon Bellini
· 3 apples, cored + cut into wedges
· 1-2 tbsp. water
· 1 tsp. granulated sugar
· 1 tsp. lemon juice
· 6 oz. apple bourbon
· 1 bottle Prosecco
Blend apples, water, sugar and lemon juice until smooth and transfer into a small bowl. Place a heaping spoonful of puree into the bottom of each champagne flute. Add 1 oz. of apple bourbon per glass and top with the prosecco. Drink up!
Recipe courtesy of Food Fanatic
Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea
· 6 oz. strong chai tea (try 1 tea bag for 6 oz. water)
· 2 oz. vanilla vodka
· ¾ oz. amaretto liqueur
· ½ oz. simple sugar (2 parts sugar, 1 part water – dissolve sugar into boiling water and stir constantly)
· ½ oz. half n’ half
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and steep 4 bags of tea for 2-3 minutes. Refrigerate. Once tea is cold, combine all ingredients into cocktail shaker and shake (the half n’ half will froth up upon shaking). Strain over ice and sere with a cinnamon stick.
Recipe courtesy of My Life as a Mrs
Remember to get creative when serving your cocktail of choice. Garnish your drinks with seasonal items like cinnamon sticks or sprigs of thyme and decorate your tablescape and cocktail hour with flowers, mason jars and pretty straws!