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The Ultimate Guide to Having Signature Cocktails at Your Wedding

Updated: Feb 16, 2022

It's becoming more and more popular to have signature drinks at your wedding, but it can sometimes be difficult to think of the perfect cocktails to feature for your big day. Don't worry, in this post I'll go over everything wedding cocktail related; from tips and tricks to cocktail recipe ideas, this is your one stop shop to finding your signature wedding drink!


Having a signature cocktail is a great way to personalize your wedding. I’ve had couples name their signature drinks after their pets, places they've been, or even named their drinks after their own nicknames for each other. However you choose to share your signature drinks, I’m sure your guests will love it! Although this article specifically talks about why you should include signature drinks on your big day, you certainly don't have to. The best part is, it’s your wedding so YOU get to choose how YOU want to do it!


Why Should You Have A Signature Drink?

  • Signature drinks help eliminate long lines at your bar, because your guests will most likely opt for the signature drink rather than standing at the bar for several minutes going over their options.

  • It helps you save money by opting for beer, wine, and 2-3 signature drinks instead of a fully open bar

  • It helps blend your bar in with your theme. If you're having a fall wedding, opt for a fall themed cocktail, if your wedding colors include pink, opt for a pink signature drink, if your going for a rustic theme, choose a rustic drink with whiskey or brandy in it to help match your theme.

  • If you're worried about guests getting too carried away with the alcohol available, you can choose a signature drink that is two-three part mixers and one part alcohol.


How Do I Pick My Signature Cocktail?

It may seem a little overwhelming at first, but try to narrow down your drink ideas to what you and your spouse like to drink. If you like whiskey based drinks, find a signature cocktail that features whiskey! I’ve also suggested that couples check out signature drinks related to the season your wedding will be in. If you’re having a fall wedding, a Carmel themed cocktail will fit in perfectly with the mood of your wedding. You can also have your signature drinks match the color scheme of your wedding. For example, if your colors are blush pink and sage green, a vodka pink lemonade garnished with some rosemary might be the way to go!


How Many Signature Drinks Should I Offer?

You don’t want too many signature cocktails that will overwhelm your guests, so I recommend picking 2-3 drinks that your guests can choose from. However, if you only want one signature drink to add to your bar, that’s perfectly fine too!


Signature Drinks Tips & Tricks

  • If you can make the drink in a big batch, that is the cherry on top! It’ll be easier for your bartenders to serve to your guests, and help eliminate long lines.

  • Don’t choose a signature drink that needs shaking, blending, or any complicating pouring. About 75% of your guests will want to try your signature drink, and if it’s complicated to make, that’ll mean a much longer wait time and line for your bar.

  • If you’re making the signature drinks ahead of time, avoid mixers that may go flat such as sparkling wine, champagne, or sparkling water.

  • Make sure your signature drink isn't too strong, your guests will be drinking them all night long.

 

Spring Wedding Cocktails


When creating your Spring cocktails, it's best to have light and refreshing options. Using vodka, rum, and gin over other liquors is preferable, but definitely not required. You can also spruce up your cocktail by using in season produce such as strawberries, lemons, cherries, and grapefruit along with herbs like fresh mint.

Peach Sangria

Chardonnay, Peach Brandy, Maple Syrup, Peach Slices & Raspberry Garnish

Marry Me Mojito

White Rum, Fresh Mint, Lime Juice, and Soda Water

Whiskey Smash

Whiskey, Maple Syrup or Simple Syrup, Soda Water, Lemon Slices and Mint Leaves

Chamomile Collins

Empress Gin, Fresh Lemon Juice, Chamomile Tea Syrup, Soda Water, Lemon Slice & Dried Floral Garnish

Strawberry Mojito

White Rum, Club Soda, Simple Syrup, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Mint, and Strawberries.

The Pink Senorita

Tequila, Pink Grapefruit Juice, Simple Syrup, Cranberry Juice, Fresh Mint


 

Summer Wedding Cocktails


Much like your Spring cocktails, your Summer drinks are meant to be light and refreshing. These cocktails will be used to help your guests beat the heat, so it's important your drink of choice is well balanced with mixers. Some fan favorites in the past have been margaritas, mojitos, and lemonade based cocktails for the Summer weddings!

Blueberry Ginger Mule

Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, Deep Eddy Straight Vodka, Blueberry Cordial, Goya Ginger Beer

Peach Nectar Ginger Beer

Peach Vodka, Mango Ginger Beer, Fresh Sliced Peaches

Mr. & Mrs. Margarita

Cuervo, Triple Sec, Lime Juice, and Fresh Lime Slice with a Sugar or Salted Rim

Pink Vodka Lemonade

Fruit Infused Vodka with Pink or Traditional Lemonade, Fresh Lemon Slice, and Fresh Fruit

Berry Married

Blueberry Vodka, Grape & Cranberry Juice, topped with Fresh Blueberries


 

Fall Wedding Cocktails


Fall wedding cocktails focus heavily on rich and dark flavors, such as dark rum and bourbon which can be infused with apple cider, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and pumpkin.

Fall Sangria

Choice of White or Red Wine, Triple Sec, garnished with Apples, Cranberries, or Blackberries

Caramel Apple Pie

Crown Royal Regal Apple & Crown Royal, Salted Caramel, Apple Cider, Soda Water, Apple Slice as a Garnish

We’re Old Fashioned

Bourbon, Bitters, Sugar, Orange Slice, and Cherry Garnish

Fireball Cinnamon Apple Cider

Fireball, Apple Cider, Soda Water, and a Fresh Apple Slice


 

Winter Wedding Cocktails


Winter wedding cocktails make your guests feel all warm and fuzzy, and it's not just because you spiked the hot cocoa! Winter cocktails mostly use liquor such as brandy, aged rum, and bourbon because they are a bit darker compared to vodka and other liquor choices. You can also spruce up your cocktails by using garnishes such as rosemary, cranberries, apple slices, oranges, and obviously candy canes.

Cranberry Cosmo

Cranberry and Orange Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Lime Juice, Orange Flavored Liqueur (Cointreau), Cranberry and Rosemary for Garnish

Holiday Bourbon

Bourbon, Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer, and Cranberry Juice. Garnish with Rosemary and Cranberries.

Tequila Spiked Hot Chocolate

Milk, Cocoa Powder, Cinnamon, Tequila

Cinnamon Rosemary Old Fashioned

Bourbon, Bitters, Honey, Cinnamon Stick, Fresh Rosemary, Garnish with an Orange Peel.

Pink Peppermint Cocktail

Candy Cane Vodka, White Crème de Cacao, Vanilla Simple Syrup, Cream or Half & Half, Candy Cane for Garnish, Sparkling Sugar for the Rim.


 

Brunch Wedding Signature Drinks


The Blushing Bride

Sparkling Rose infused with Strawberry Puree with a raspberry garnish

Hawaiian Mimosa

Prosecco, Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, Grenadine, Garnish with Pineapple Wedge


 

Cocktail Ideas Based on Your Favorite Liquor


Vodka Based Cocktails

Kentucky Oaks

Grey Goose Vodka, Fresh Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Orange Liqueur, Cranberry Juice

Lavender Love

Lavender Syrup, Vodka, Lavender Lemonade Mix, Lemon-Lime Soda, Garnish with Lemon

Peach Vodka Bellini

Peach Flavored Vodka, White Peach Puree, Sparkling Wine, Peach Slice & Mint for Garnish

Tangerine Vodka

Tangerine Vodka, Soda Water, Orange Juice, Orange Slice for Garnish


Gin Based Cocktails

Strawberry Gin Smash

Gin, Club Soda, Fresh Strawberries, Lime Juice, Granulated Sugar, Fresh Mint Sprigs

Berry Fizz

Gin, Tesco Strawberry and Raspberry Cordial, Prosecco, Soda Water, Raspberry Garnish

Apple Cinnamon Gin Fizz

Gin, Apple Cinnamon Simple Syrup, Soda Water, Apple Slice & Cinnamon Stick Garnish

Tangerine Gin Fizz

Gin, Tropicana Tangerine Lemonade, Angostura Bitters, Club Soda, Orange Peel & Rosemary


Whiskey Based Cocktails

Maple Whiskey Sour

Whiskey, Fresh Lemon Juice, Maple Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Lemon Slice

Whiskey Punch

Apple Cider, Cranberry Juice, Orange Juice, Fireball Whiskey, Apricot Brandy, Lemon-Lime Soda

Peach & Blueberry Whiskey Cocktail

Peach Juice, Whiskey, Blueberry Syrup, Ginger Ale, Peach Slice & Blueberry Garnish

Whiskey Bourbon Smash

Bourbon, Cranberry Juice, Rosemary Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, Cranberries & Rosemary Garnish

Tequila Based Cocktails

Cranberry Orange Margarita

Silver Tequila, Fresh Lime Juice, Orange Liquor, Cranberry Orange Syrup, Sugar Rim, Cranberries for Garnish

Strawberry Paloma

Tequila, Grapefruit Juice, Honey, Strawberries, Ginger Beer, Strawberry Garnish

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila, Orange Juice, Grenadine, Orange Slice & Cherry Garnish


Rum Based Cocktails

Pink Pirate Rum

Rum, Coconut Rum, Banana Liqueur, Cranberry Juice, Pineapple Juice, Fresh Mint

Blue Hawaiian

White Rum, Blue Curacao, Pineapple Juice, Cream of Coconut, Pineapple Wedge for Garnish

Pink Bikini

Coconut Rum, Raspberry Lemonade, Amaretto Liqueur, Garnish with Lemon Wedge and Raspberry

Brandy Based Cocktails

Apple Brandy

Apple Flavored Brandy, Lemon Juice, Allspice Syrup, Club Soda, Apple Slice for Garnish

Old Fashion

Apple Brandy, Rye Whiskey, Orange Bitters, Brown Sugar Simple Syrup


Photo Credits

Erin Allsup, Aaron & Amanda's Wedding

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