Keep your guests refreshed and in a festive mood with a signature wedding cocktail that delights the palate.
Signature drinks are a small, sweet special way to personalize the cocktail hour following the ceremony. Plus, they’re a great way to incorporate liquor into the party without offering an open bar, and they may help avoid a long line, to boot. Here are some ideas for unique signature cocktails to serve at your wedding.
Consider incorporating small details that reflect you and your partner when deciding on a signature cocktail recipe—for example, flavors or ingredients from where you met, where you grew up, or 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.
Remind guests why your location is so special by taking advantage of local ingredients or flavors. Perhaps there’s a special spirit the area is known for (whiskey or bourbon in the southern U.S., for example) or a local distillery everyone loves. California is renowned for its fruits and vegetables—be sure to utilize some in your signature cocktail.
If you like it, it’s highly likely your guests will as well. Whether it’s your go-to Moscow mule at a bar or an unforgettable drink that blew your mind, find a way to recreate it.
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.
A refreshing fizzy summer wedding drink that goes down easy, with prosecco, limoncello, raspberries, and mint sprigs.
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.
Perfect for Southern weddings.
It’s refreshing, sweet, and savory, with a citrusy kick from grapefruit juice.
A cocktail that screams summer, with blackberry syrup, lemonade, whiskey, and something bubbly.
Put a fruity spin on this easy-to-drink cocktail by adding some fresh fruit.
Muddle lime juice, cucumber, and basil, and add to Prosecco for a refreshing bubbly cocktail that’s not too sweet.
Perfect for warming up winter weddings.
Add hibiscus syrup to prosecco, and place a flower in the glass for a picture-worthy finish.
Put a twist on a classic with flavored simple syrup, flowers, and/or berries.
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.
Add some pink to the party by swapping in grapefruit or blood orange juice.
Served in mini Coke glass bottles with decorative straws.
Take the classic cocktail with gin, lemon, and Champagne, and infuse it with lavender.
Margaritas connote relaxation and are easy to adapt and infuse with any number of flavors and ingredients.
Remember: When wedding planning, signature cocktails set the mood. They’re a creative—and delicious—way to share a little bit of your personality and preferences with guests. The best part is you don’t have to pick only one. If you and your partner have differing tastes in cocktails, you can both have one on the menu. 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!).