Post # 1
The reception hall where I want my wedding banquet does not allow hard licquor…only beer, wine, and champagne 🙁 I would really like to have a signature drink but what are my options?? Do I have to settle for a nonalcoholic signature drink??? Please help!
Post # 3
i should preface this by saying i have never had an alcoholic drink in my entire life and i’m terribly uninformed…but what about a bellini?
Post # 4
or you could make a nice sangria – red or white
Post # 5
Mrs. Lovebug had a non-alcoholic drink on her cocktail list.
Post # 6
You could do a chapagne punch as your signature drink, and just name it for the wedding. You could present it as you would a regular signature drink, and just have the punch made up in pitchers rather than in a punch bowl.
Post # 7
The only problem with a lot of wine/champagne cocktails (including sangria), is that they include hard alcohol. There’s also the cost issue. A bellini would be delicious and very elegant, but a little bit costly because of the champagne and fresh peach puree (you could sub in peach nectar). But larnaye and soontobeathurnher are on to something–the best way to make a signature cocktail that doesn’t include any hard alcohol is to add fruit juice.
It’s not worth mixing nice champagne with fruit juice, but get a decent sparkling wine, and then add a dash of cranberry, pomegranate, blueberry, raspberry, cherry, pineapple or other juices to make a champagne cocktail of desired color. You can even add a piece of fruit (a lemon peel curl, a single raspberry, a single blueberry) as garnish to dress it up.
Another option would be a wine spritzer. Mix half and half white wine and either club soda or lemon or lime sparkling water. Garnish with whatever pretty fruit you’d like.
Post # 8
In lieu of champagne you could also use Prosecco, which is often less expensive and sometimes tastier than champagne. Its the base of a bellini.
Lotusmoss has the right idea with mixing it up to make a signature sparkling wine drink.
Post # 9
For the cocktail hour, we’re having a prosecco bar with all different mix-ins (peach nectar, fresh squeezed orange juice, pomegranate juice, blueberry juice, etc.). I think prosecco is trendy right now though, so prices have gone up!
Post # 10
We have the same issue with our venue. They suggested some sort of rice "vodka." It is Japanese, doesn’t count as liquor (I guess they count it as wine?) – but he says it mixes just like vodka and we would have signature drinks that way. If you ever go to a bar without a full liquor license (we have one down the street) they use this stuff too for anything that would include vodka. It does have alcohol in it, just a smaller amount than regular vodka (I think). If no one chimes in with the name of this, I can go down the street and find out. Our caterer said we could do cosmos with this, etc. – but in the end we decided just to have beer and lots of wine and champagne (getting married on a vineyard).
Post # 11
enmorre66, are you thinking of Saki? It’s a Japanese rice wine, and yes it does have a much stronger taste than any wine I’ve ever had. I always get hot saki when I get sushi! Mmm… now I’m hungry!
I agree with everyone else, a sparkling wine with a fruit mix in would be awesome. I love me some momosas! You could also have a fancy flavored lemonade as well. Served in nice glasses with some fruit in it would make for a wonderful presentation.