I love booze…wait that sounds bad. I love cocktails? Sounds a little better.
I have spent a lot of time in bars in my day – used to be slingin’ drinks from behind the bar and waitressing, now I’m usually on the other side, ordering – and I love making cocktails. Signature drinks are one of the trends I love at weddings – in fact, if you have been to my house, I make signature drinks for everything from book club, to Christmas to Friday night barbecues.
And of course, some tips, because I am such a know it all…
-My number one tip for picking a cocktail- especially one that is going to be served in bulk at a wedding- is to keep it simple! Maximum 4 ingredients and even that is pushing it. You want to keep it easy for your bartender to make quickly and keep the flavors pretty universal so that everyone will enjoy it.
-Name the drink after the place you met, your cat, or the street name where you live…or pick a cutesy lovey dove name, (the signature drink at my wedding was the “Perfect Pear” bah ha ha I know, I know) go ahead – cheese it up!
-If you have the opportunity to provide the booze yourself, make big batches when you can. Whether it is served out of a big dispenser, or you make pitchers that can be poured behind the bar, it will save time and money. Practice first! Sometimes a recipe doesn’t always translate from one glass to a big jug (and hey, it gives you reason to make drinks!)
Vintage- a Gatsby-esque Orange Blossom Martini
Four ounces vodka
One ounce of Cointreau (or other orange liqueur)
Squeeze of fresh orange
Shake it up over ice and pour- easy as that
Rustic – Farm House Sangria
***This is a great one to make in bulk, and you can’t really screw it up, just add more fruit
One cup red wine (buy the cheap stuff!)
One ounce brandy
A sprinkle of cinnamon
A bunch of cut fruit (apples, oranges, grapes, lemons- really whatever you have!)
Modern- Berry Mint Lemonade
2 ounces of vodka or gin (I’m a gin girl but vodka is more of a crowd pleaser)
Half a cup of Italian lemon soda
Handful of berries and mint muddled
Traditional- Elderflower Champagne Cocktail
Fill up a glass with any Champagne or Prosecco
Top off with a splash of St. Germaine (Elderflower Liqueur that is SO yummy)
Throw in a couple of frozen berries for color