50 Signature Wedding Drinks: Ideas Guests Will Love

A signature wedding drink or cocktail can be a great way for couples to add a personal touch to their reception. Get inspired by these wedding signature drinks.

By Audra Jones and Monica Mercuri

Weddings and alcohol go together pretty seamlessly. While having a bar at your wedding reception isn’t required, a little libation can certainly liven up the party and give your guests the liquid courage to hit the dance floor. And the best part? You can achieve an awesome array of booze without shelling out major cash on a full-liquor open bar. The key is a signature cocktail.

Expert Advice: if you’re having an alcohol-free wedding, simply turn any of these ideas into mocktails by removing the booze. Check out our article on planning a dry wedding for everything else you need to know.

50 Wedding signature drinks & cocktails

Keep your guests refreshed and in a festive mood with these unique signature drink ideas that are sure to delight the palate. Check out our favorite wedding-worthy options below.

1. Fresh fruit slushy

It’s a boozy take on the favorite childhood summer treat, made of fruit juice like orange juice, lime juice, grapefruit juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, etc.), simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, crushed ice, and your liquor of choice, garnished with fresh fruit.

Fruit Slush by Rirri on Unsplash

2. Raspberry limoncello prosecco

Try this refreshing fizzy summer wedding drink that goes down easy with prosecco, limoncello, raspberries, and mint sprigs.

Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco by Zak Chapman on Pexels

3. Champagne cocktail punch

Just add sorbet to champagne, sparkling wine, or prosecco, and top with fresh fruit like a lime slice. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Champagne cocktail punch by Tom Pumford on Unsplash

4. Bourbon sweet tea

Perfect for Southern weddings, this delicious combo is made with brewed tea, lemon juice, sugar, and bourbon.

Bourbon sweet tea by Markus Spiske on Pexels

5. Rosemary greyhound

It’s refreshing, sweet, and savory, with a citrusy kick from grapefruit juice.

Rosemary Greyhound by Helena Lopes on Pexels

6. Blackberry whiskey lemonade

A cocktail that screams summer, with blackberry syrup, lemonade, whiskey, and something bubbly.

Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade by Melissa Walker Horn on Unsplash

7. Berry or watermelon mojitos

Put a fruity spin on this easy-to-drink cocktail by adding some fresh fruit.

Pink Mojito by Jochem Raat on Unsplash

8. Prosecco spritzer

Muddle lime juice, cucumber, and basil, and add to Prosecco for a refreshing bubbly cocktail that’s not too sweet.

Prosecco Spritzer by Kim Daniels on Unsplash

9. Spiked apple cider

Perfect for warming up winter weddings, use rum or bourbon to complement the cinnamon, cloves, and star anise.

Mulled Cider by Denys Gromov on Pexels

10. Sparkling hibiscus

Add hibiscus syrup to prosecco, and place a flower in the glass for a picture-worthy finish.

Hibiscus Sprtizer by Charlotte May on Pexels

11. Mint julep

Put a twist on a classic with flavored simple syrup, flowers, and/or berries.

Mint Julep by Johann Trasch by Unsplash

12. Lavender champagne

Put a sprig of lavender into a glass of champagne (or sparkling wine) to infuse it with a subtle floral flavor, perfect for spring weddings.

Lavender Champagne by Green Prophet on Unsplash

13. Pink mimosas

Add some pink to the party by swapping in grapefruit or blood orange juice.

Pink Mimosa by Helena Yankovska on Unsplash

14. Mini rum and cokes

You can’t go wrong with mini rum and cokes served in mini glass bottles with decorative straws.

Rum and Coke by Blake Wisz on Unsplash

15. Lavender French 75

Take the classic cocktail with gin, lemon, and Champagne, and infuse it with lavender.

French 75 by Stephan Harlan on Unsplash

16. Custom margaritas

Margaritas connote relaxation and are easy to adapt and infuse with various flavors and ingredients.

Margarita by Johann Trasch on Unsplash

17. Spicy passion martini

The kick from this passion fruit and chili cocktail with vodka and rum is one to remember.

Spicy passion martini by Denys Gromov on Pexels

18. Basil gin

Add basil leaves with gin, green chartreuse, and lemon juice for a refreshing spring drink.

Basil Gin by Johann Trasch on Unsplash

Expert Advice: Wondering how to calculate how much alcohol you’ll need for your wedding? Use our Wedding Alcohol Calculator to find out.

19. Blood orange rosemary

Embrace a pop of color with this vodka-infused cocktail topped with blood orange slices and rosemary sprigs.

Blood Orange Rosemary by Aram Diseno on Pexels

20. Espresso martini

This 90s-inspired espresso, coffee liqueur, and vodka martini will ensure your crowd dances all night long.

Espresso Martini by Kristis Luhaers on Unsplash

21. Love potion

Shower your guests with love (aka vodka, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, and grenadine with a touch of orange juice).

Love Potion Cocktail by Jens Theess on Unsplash

22. Old fashioned

The classic combination of whiskey, bitters, sugar, and the zest of an orange peel is perfect for your sophisticated soiree.

Old Fashioned by Adam Jamie on Unsplash

23. Hawaiian mai thai

Ideal for tropical weddings, garnish your Hawaiian version with fresh fruit like pineapples, limes, mint, and a paper umbrella, of course.

Mai Tai by Tomas Jasovsky on Unsplash

24. Mulled wine

Choose your favorite cabernet and add orange, cinnamon, clove, and star anise to create the coziest winter beverage.

Mulled Wine by George Dolgikh on Pexels

25. Lilac lavender gin sour

The floral notes of the lilac and lavender simple syrup blend beautifully with the hard gin, fresh lemon juice, and egg white.

Lilac Lavender Gin Sour by Haoward Nguyen on Unsplash

26. Citrus and basil sparkler

Combine the bold citrus flavors of orange and lemon with sparkling water topped with fresh basil leaves.

Citrus and basil sparkler by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels

27. Elderflower cucumber cooler

Serve these ice-cold elderflower coolers with refreshing cucumber slices at your sunny seaside affair.

Cucumber Cocktail by Geraud Pfeiffer on Pexels

28. Winter Pimm’s punch

A winter twist on a summer staple, combine Pimm's No. 1 brandy with vanilla, maple syrup, and ginger beer garnished with cinnamon sticks.

Winter Pimms Punch by Denys Gromov on Pexels

29. Black cherry whiskey sour

The richness of black cherry and whiskey perfectly balances out the tangy kick of the lemon juice.

Black Cherry Whiskey Sour by Drew Beamer on Unsplash

30. Peach ginger bellini

Sweet peaches, prosecco, ginger syrup, and peach schnapps make up this delightful signature wedding cocktail.

Peach Bellini by Natalia Ostashova on Unsplash

31. Toasted s’mores martini

Any summer camp wedding needs a s’mores martini. Savor layers of cream, marshmallow vodka, and chocolate liqueur accented with a graham cracker rim. Or make it simple and skip the garnish.

Smores Martini by Jon Parry on Unsplash

32. Cranberry Moscow mule

Top this holiday vodka, ginger beer, lime, and cranberry juice cocktail with fresh cranberries or rosemary.

Moscow Mule by Gary Meulemans on Unsplash

33. Mexican hot chocolate with tequila

Rich Mexican hot chocolate spiked with tequila and cayenne will warm your guests up with heat and flavor.

Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate by Vicky Tran on Pexels

Expert Advice: Learn the ins and outs of purchasing alcohol for your wedding in our guide on how to purchase alcohol for your reception.

34. Piña colada

Kick off your tropical destination wedding with on-theme piña coladas that’ll get your guests in the island vibe.

Piña colada by YesMore Content on Unsplash

35. The May Queen floral

Serve these blooming floral drinks infused with lavender, elderflower, hibiscus, and rose for your garden ceremony.

May Queen Floral Cocktail by Jessica S Irvin on Unsplash

36. Hot toddy

You only need hot water, whiskey, honey, and lemon to create a classic hot toddy for your winter celebration.

Hot Toddy by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

37. Strawberry paloma

The sweetness of fresh strawberries complements the earthiness of tequila and the zing of fresh lime juice.

Strawberry Paloma Cocktail by LAVA on Pexels

38. Peppermint schnapps cocktail

Lift their holiday spirits with this tasty peppermint schnapps drink adorned with a red and white candy cane-crushed rim.

Peppermint Schnapps Cocktail by Denys Gromov on Pexels

39. Aperol spritz

Transport your guests to the coasts of Italy with bright orange bubbly made with prosecco, soda water, and Aperol.

Aperol Spritz by Federica Ariemma on Unsplash

40. Snickers cocktail

Dessert lovers will swoon over this chocolatey masterpiece with Irish cream liqueur, amaretto, and heavy cream.

Snickers Cocktail by Timur Romanov on Unsplash

41. Limoncello spritz

Bursting with lemon flavor, this Italian-inspired spritz with limoncello, prosecco, and club soda will refresh your guests on a hot summer day.

Limoncello Spritz by Geraud Pfeiffer on Pexels

42. Rose water gin & tonic

With rose water, simple syrup, lemon, and gin, garnish this gorgeous springtime cocktail with edible pink rose petals.

Rosewater Gin and Tonic by Ruyan Ayten on Unsplash

43. Orange cinnamon blossom

Complement your autumn wedding with an orange cocktail spiced with allspice, cloves, and cinnamon.

Orange Cinnamon Blossom by Roman Odintsov on Pexels

44. Eggnog martini

Sprinkled with nutmeg, this nostalgic eggnog martini will remind them of their childhood.

Egg Nog Cocktail by Denys Gromov on Pexels

45. Tequila sunrise

This refreshing tequila mixer with orange juice and grenadine will look magical against the summer sunset.

Tequila Sunrise by Timur Weber on Pexels

46. Peach whiskey smash

Muddle simple syrup, fresh fruit, herbs, and whiskey to create a fruity cocktail that’ll deliver a punch of flavor.

Whiskey Smash by Kim Daniels on Unsplash

47. White Russian

Mix Kahlúa (or any coffee liquer), vodka, and heavy cream to make this rich and creamy wedding signature drink.

White Russian by YesMore Content on Unsplash

48. Sparkling greyhound cocktail

For a sparkly New Year’s Eve option, combine fresh grapefruit juice, honey syrup, vodka, and club soda with a twinkling sugar rim.

Sparkling Greyhound Cocktail by Laure Noverraz on Unsplash

49. Pumpkin pie martini

Pumpkin pie lovers will savor this fall-themed martini with pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla vodka, and aged rum.

Pumpkin Pie Martini by Hybrid Storytellers on Unsplash

50. Frozen honeydew margaritas

This icy concoction of honeydew, lime juice, and agave nectar is subtly sweet, while the tequila adds a kick the crowd will love.

Honeydew Martini by Roman Odintsov on Pexels

How to make signature wedding drinks

Your wedding is an expression of you and your partner as a couple, so you want to nod to that in your drinks. According to Zola’s First Look Report, 84% of couples report they will be serving signature cocktails at their wedding in 2024. Here are more tips on making yours uniquely special.

1. Represent your personalities

Consider incorporating small details that reflect you and your partner when deciding on a signature drink recipe—for example, flavors or ingredients from where you met, where you grew up, where your families are from, or things that you’re both fans of: think travel destinations, foods, movies, or books. You could even use your first date as inspiration for the signature wedding drink!

Expert advice: Don’t stress if you and your spouse have opposing alcohol preferences—just serve two signature cocktails!

2. Make it colorful

Your signature wedding cocktail lets you add an unexpected pop of color to your reception space. So, when you’re exploring ideas for your personalized beverage(s), we recommend going for a vibrant cocktail that compliments your wedding’s color palette and adds to the overall impact of the reception décor.

3. Keep it local

Think about the state, city, or region where you’re saying “I do,” and let your signature wedding drink nod to the local culture. For example, a New Orleans wedding begs for a hurricane, a Cape Cod wedding needs a cape codder, and what’s a Southern wedding without mint juleps? Think about what liquors, spirits, and flavors are local to the area, and let your booze-infused imagination run wild.

4. Test it out

Once you have decided on the style of drink you want to include at your reception, don’t forget to give it a test run. Nobody wants a jug of bitter jungle juice served on their big day. Ahead of your wedding, invite friends over to make and taste your signature drink to ensure the ingredients come together as you expect. (We can be there in 10.)

Signature cocktails help set the mood. They’re a creative—and delicious—way to share a little bit of your personality and preferences with guests. Also, adding a mocktail to the menu is considerate, especially if you have a lot of guests under 21 attending. And don’t forget to give your signature cocktails a fun name (cheesy is okay, too!).

Need help finding a bartender or bar service for your wedding? Search Zola’s vendor marketplace to find wedding vendors in your location.

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