Should You Have a Signature Cocktail?
A signature cocktail is a drink (which can be non-alcoholic) that can be made either singly or in larger batches that represents your wedding in some way. Some couples choose big batch cocktails and then implement a separate line to ease the line for other hand-crafted offerings.
🥂What the couple drinks as their cocktail of choice
🥂 Chosen by flavor profile
🥂 Chosen by wedding color
🥂 Chosen by venue or wedding location
🥂 By the Season
A signature cocktail can be created by the food and beverage manager of a venue or by the couple themselves. Don’t be afraid to offer your own guidance and input!
Your favorite drink—– easy as it gets! It even makes naming it easier!
Call it Ellie’s Mellow Margarita, make it your way, add a pretty garnish and you’re done!
Classic Margarita (from Bon Appetit)
kosher salt (for serving)
½ thick lime wheel (for serving)
2 oz. tequila blanco
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
Place some salt on a small plate. Rub rim of an old-fashioned or rocks glass with lime (reserve for serving); dip in salt. Fill with ice and set aside.
Combine tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.
By Flavor Profile, think fruity! One of our favorites is the Sparkling Summer Peach from Beautiful Booze.
Recipe courtesy of Beautiful Booze.
- 2 oz Seagram’s Peach Vodka
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz lime juice
- Sparkling wine, to top
Directions: Add all ingredients except sparkling wine into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard to chill and combine ingredients. Strain into your glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish and enjoy.
Using your wedding colors (this can be tricky with certain colors, like blue or purple). Those colors led us to the yummy sounding cocktail below, the Basil-Blueberry Tom Collins. I think I’ll make one now! *Disclaimer– A brightly colored cocktail may stain the teeth of your guests!
2 oz. gin (or vodka)
.5 oz. lemon juice
A heaping teaspoon of powdered sugar
Basil and blueberries, to taste
Something summery, refreshing, easy to put together and still popular, the mojito! Malibu makes it easy.
Malibu Lime Mojito
1 part Malibu
⅓ part Fresh lime juice
3 parts Soda water
10 Mint leaves
Muddle the mint leaves and lime juice in a glass. Pour in Malibu and some ice, then top up with soda water and enjoy!
By Wedding Location— This can be created by your food and beverage manager and named for the venue or location, or you can give naming rights to your view! Hotel signature cocktails may not be totally unique to you and your wedding, but unless your guests are professional wedding attendees who is to know?
By the Season, either spring, summer, fall or winter, whenever you say I Do there will be seasonally appropriate tastes to incorporate into your signature wedding cocktail. Think spring and summer fruits and herbs, fall mulled spices, or winter sparkles and bubbles. The sky is the limit. One of our favorites is actually one we favor year round, the Winter Bourbon Smash from Minimalist Baker. It’s totally yummy if you enjoy bourbon!
- /2 cup ice (plus more for serving)
- 2 Tbsp preserves or jam of choice (we went with organic raspberry)
- 2 Tbsp bourbon
- 1 Tbsp triple sec
- 2-3 Tbsp orange juice
- Orange segments
- A splash of club soda brightens it up
Add ice, preserves, bourbon, triple sec and orange juice to a shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Pour into serving glass with a few ice cubes and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with orange slices and enjoy. Repeat for more drinks.
Elderflower liqueur, bourbon, grapefruit soda, and rosemary come together for a greyhound to remember in the Saintly Greyhound. A refreshing winter choice indeed!
1 ounce gin
– ½ ounce elderflower liqueur (we used St. Germaine)
– 3 ½ ounces IZZE® Sparkling Grapefruit
– rosemary sprig, optional
“Keep Calm and drink a cocktail.”
Choose what you like, served how you like! It’s a great way to bring in personality (and flavor!) to your wedding reception. If you would like to create your own signature cocktail and don’t know where to start, begin with the base liquor—– vodka, bourbon, rum, etc.—- and add other flavors and colors. Need we say, experimentation might be the best part?