One way to kick off cocktail hour and your reception is with a drink that represents you as a couple. A signature cocktail is a great way to reveal a little something about you two. You could base the drink off of your wedding theme, or even a drink you had together on your first date!
Some couples opt to have signature cocktails instead of just a cocktail. You could decide to have cocktails that reflect your wedding theme or each other as a person! Don't forget to add "mocktails" (none alcoholic beverages) and unique names for all of your drinks!
There are thousands of cocktails to choose from and we know you're busy planning your wedding day, so we've done you a favor. Below we have curated a list of some of the most praised wedding cocktails and their recipes. Cheers to finding a cocktail or cocktails that represents you and your groom-to-be!
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1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice (about ¾ medium lemon)
3/4 ounce simple syrup (recipe follows)
2 to 3 ounces Champagne (enough to top the glass)
Lemon peel, for garnish
1/4 cup honey or sugar
1/4 cup water
To make the simple syrup: combine the honey (or sugar) and water in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat, whisking occasionally, just until the honey or sugar has disappeared into the water. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool.
Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Securely fasten the cap on the shaker and shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain the liquid into Champagne glasses and top with Champagne.
Twist your lemon peel and hold it for a few seconds to retain the shape. Garnish your glass with the lemon twist, and enjoy this drink while it's cold!
Hibiscus Sparkling Wine Cocktail
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1 jar hibiscus flowers in syrup, like Wild Edible Hibiscus Flowers
1 bottle of sparkling wine
Carefully drop one hibiscus flower in the bottom of each Champagne flute. Fill with sparkling wine.
For a sweeter beverage, spoon 1 or 2 teaspoons of syrup along with the hibiscus flower to the bottom of the flute before filling it with sparkling wine.
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3/4 ounce coffee liqueur, preferably Galliano Ristretto
1 1/2 ounces vodka, preferably Aylesbury Duck
1 ounce fresh espresso
3 Coffee beans
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake.
Strain into a coupe and garnish with three coffee beans.
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2 oz. Suerte Blanco
1 oz. Orange Liqueur
1 oz .Lime Juice
1/4 oz. Agave syrup
3 Slices of Cucumber
2 Slices of Jalapeño
Crush the jalapeño and cucumber in a cocktail shaker. Add agave syrup, tequila, lime, orange liqueur and ice. Shake vigorously. Strain over ice. Garnish with jalapeño and cucumber.
Maple Bourbon Cocktail
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2 ounces bourbon (I used Makers 46)
1 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 ounce pure maple syrup
1-2 dashes of angostura bitters
orange peel + maraschino cherry for garnish
Add ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into ice filled glass. Garnish with orange peel and cherry. Serve and enjoy!
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