Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Signature Cocktails

The signature cocktail is one very easy way to bring your theme or color into your reception. If you are just hosting beer and wine--add this on for something a little different for your guests to indulge in. Sometimes venues do not even allow hard alcohol--so try a champagne cocktail instead! Better yet, host a champagne bar...a bar dedicated to different colored/flavors of champagne. To acheive different colors, add syrup mixer to the champagne (pomagranate, peach, mango, melon, etc.)

To give you all some inspiration for your upcoming menu tastings I thought I would share some of my favorite easy-to-make signature cocktails to coordinate with the color or theme of your wedding.

I like to encourage brides and grooms to come up with funky names for their cocktails that either have significant meaning to them or they are just fun to say.

Since Valentine's Day is on the horizon, I will start with a Flirtini:

White Cocktail - Flirtini
Martini Glass - Pink Sugar Rim
1oz Vodka
2oz Champagne
2oz Pineapple Juice
Red cherry at bottom to garnish

Ravishing Red Champagne
Champagne Glass - White Sugar Rim
4oz Champagne
1oz Pomegranate Juice
Garnish with a raspberry

Vanilla Lemon Drop
Martini Glass
2oz Vanilla Vodka
2oz Lemonade
Lemon Juice
Yellow Sugar
Garnish with a lemon slice

Chocolate Martini
Martini glass - Crushed Oreo cookies as sugar rim
1oz Chocolate Liqueur
1oz Creme de Coco
1oz Vodka
1oz Half and Half

Tiffany Blue Champagne Cocktail
4oz of Chamgane
1oz of Hypnotique

Melon Tequila Sour
Highball glass - Ice to rim
1oz Tequila
1oz Midori (Melon Liqueur)
Dash of Sweet and Sour
Margarita Mix to fill
Garnish with a key lime

Summer Cocktail - Strawberry Mojito
Highball glass - Ice to rim
2oz Rum
1oz of Strawberry Puree
2 Limes
Muddle with mint leaves
Dash of Simple Syrup
Soda water to fill
Garnish with a strawberry

Hawaiian Straight Up
Martini Glass
2oz Vodka
1oz Blue Curacao
1oz Pineapple Juice
Dash of Lime Juice, Garnish with a Lime

Grooms - not into the blue martini? Host Blue Moon beer at your wedding or do a His and Hers signature cocktail.

For the non-drinkers host Jones sodas that come in a variety of colors. You can even have your own custom label made!

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