As we near Christmas and New Years Eve (and Day), many will be indulging the holidays with the usual traditional holiday drinks such as egg nog with brandy or rum and toasting the New Year with champagne. But there are a few of us who have our own personal 'signature drinks' that we like to indulge in.
One of the hottest trends today in the wedding world is couples choosing a signature cocktail.
Signature cocktails are a great way to show your personality and uniqueness, and brides and grooms everywhere are creating their signature drink for their wedding.
The common wedding signature drink is often a classic cocktail drink like a martini. However, options for signature drinks aren't limited.
Almost any type of alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) drink can be signature drink, including mojitos, pina colodas, or margaritas and any other type of cocktail.
Ideas for Wedding Signature Drinks
- Match your signature drink with your wedding theme
- Match colors from your wedding with the color of your signature drink
- Create a unique name for your cocktail
- Your signature drink does not have to be limited to one, it's okay to have one for the bride and the groom
- Have a sign placed on the bar indicating the name of your cocktail so that guests are aware of it and if there is more than one signature cocktail, you can include an additional menu for your guests.
- Research different Signature Cocktail ideas
- Discuss with your wedding planner or friends for more ideas
I've listed below some examples of Signature Cocktails (courtesy of Wedding Ideas Guide)
2 oz. Vodka
1½ oz. Sour apple liqueur
½ oz. Lemon juice
Apple slice for garnish
Candy Cane Martini
½ oz. Vodka
½ oz. Absolut Peppar
1 oz. Sambuca
1 oz. White creme de menthe
1 oz. White creme de cacao
6 parts gin
1 part sake
Lemon twist wrapped with Pickled ginger
Green Tea Martini
1 oz. green tea, chilled
2 oz. citron vodka
1 teaspoon Cointreau
1 teaspoon simple syrup
1 part Rum
3 parts Club Soda
12 Mint Leaves
1/2 Part Sugar
1 oz. Dark Rum
1 oz Light Rum
1 oz Orange Curacao
2 oz Orange Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Dash Simple syrup (bar syrup)
6 parts vodka
1 part chocolate liqueur
Red Wine Sangria
1 1/2 liters red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)
1 cup sugar
1 large lemon, sliced
1 large orange, sliced
1 large apple, cut into thin sections
3-4 oz. plain brandy
Mix wine, sugar and fruit, and let sit in the fridge, ideally for 18-24 hours. The mixture will have a somewhat syrupy consistency. Before serving, stir in brandy and cut the mixture with soda water until it has a thinner, more wine-like consistency. Serve from a pitcher in wine glasses
Keep in mind that if you decide to have a Signature Cocktail for your wedding reception, you must not limit your cocktails to just the signature drink of your choice as guests may require and expect all usual drinks to be obtainable. This includes hard liquor, mixed drinks, beer and wine and of course soda and water.
Oh and before I forget, my Signature Drink for 2010 is Vodka and Lemonade (very simple, mellow). What is yours?
Cheers for now,
Credits: Wedding Ideas Guide
Pear-Lemon Fizz (photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings (click link for recipe)
Red Wine Sangria (photo courtesy of WedAlert.com)