Signature Cocktail Ideas- Something Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue

posted 3 years ago in Food
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

That is a fun idea!

For blue- if possible, avoid blue curacao.  (It’s basically cheap, dyed, slightly orange-flavored liqueur).  It’s a pita if you spill it (stains) and it doesn’t really add anything but color.  I think something like blueberry syrup would be a bit more wedding-y. Bols makes one that I haven’t tried, but their liqueurs are well regarded.  You could also do a blue garnish (blueberries? umbrella? blue sugar rim?)

For old you have a couple options.  Tequila comes in three styles (blanco, reposado, and anejo) plus gold tequila- which is usually cheap blanco tequila that has been mixed with some kind of vodka type spirit and dyed yellow to make it seem aged.  Reposado is commonly used in margaritas and it’s aged about a year.  Anejo is usually wasted in a cocktail.  You could also do whiskey depending on your audience- it’s all aged unless it’s “white dog” which is unaged and pretty rare unless you’re into cocktails.  Brandy is also all aged, but it’s harder to find a decent affordable brand.  Tequila is probably your best bet although there are always people who had too much in college and can’t stand it.  

Gin and vodka are typically unaged (if vodka is aged, it’s all marketing- vodka is supposed to be as flavorless as possible so aging doesn’t make sense).  I think some triple secs (orange liqueur) are aged- you could do that for your aged ingredient and then do vodka as your new ingredient.  That would probably be the most easily likeable combination- esp with blueberries or just a touch of blueberry syrup.  You would probably need lemon juice to balance out the sweetness. Champagne would also dry it out a bit, depending on the volume.  

Something borrowed is tougher- does your FI or your mom or grandma have a favorite ingredient or drink?  You could pull in an element of their favorites as your “something borrowed”- it could be as simple as a garnish or it could be an ingredient (or an umbrella, whatever you want). Maybe someone loves champagne/prosecco? Find a recipe containing that. 

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