Post # 1
It seems like every element of wedding planning has taken longer than we expected so I am SO excited to finally be thinking about signature cocktails! My Fiance and I love cocktails and to entertain so as soon as we got engaged I knew I wanted to have some signature drinks that would reflect us and our guests would enjoy. We feel very lucky that our venue allows us to bring in our own alcohol and bartender so we have a lot of flexibility on what we can make. (Though our wedding will be in PR so we have to plan ahead and if something is hard to source there, work with the bartender to order it wholesale or bring it ourselves.)
We already know one cocktail is going to be a drink we had on our second date at a local craft cocktail bar. Thankfully the recipe is online and we’ve made it at home a few times so we feel really confident in our ability to execute it. It is a bit exotic/creative though so we’re looking to balance it with drinks we expect will be more accessible. (We’re not doing a full bar, though are looking for our signature drinks to showcase different liquors and will have basic mixers on hand as well as wine and beer.)
Bees tell me about your signature cocktails! I’m especially curious to hear how you thoughtfully balanced the mix of drinks, especially if you didn’t have a full bar otherwise. I want the drinks to reflect us but also conscious that I want to have a range of flavor profiles and think about things that could be drunk throughout the night. (Vs. some cocktails that are lovely but you wouldn’t really want more than one.)
Post # 2
No signature cocktails for us. We will have a fullish bar ( we provide the alcohol and mixers) and we may suggest several drinks, but we are going fairly bare bones. Red wine, white wine, champagne, 2 beers, vodka, whiskey, tequila, rum, coke, sprite, cranberry juice, orange juice, club soda, tonic, and limes.
Why no signature drink? I like to drink but fiancé doesn’t drink much. I love vodka tonics, but it isn’t that unique. We don’t have any drinks that are meaningful to both of us. So instead my signature will be letting the guests chose. 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2019 - Baltimore, MD
We get a signature drink included in our catering package. My fiance is a beer / whiskey sour drinker, so I get to pick the signature drink. I’m opting for a light, refreshing white sangria. We are doing a fully open, platinum bar offering.
Post # 4
Omg I’m so excited about this (maybe because I’m participating in sober January right now) but we will be doing a French 75 for me and a spiced old fashioned for him! We’re doing a full bar too but the package we got had this on top of it
Post # 5
If you are getting married in Puerto Rico, I would serve Pina Coladas! I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like them and they were first invented in PR 🙂
Post # 6
A few of our intertwining themes from our wedding related to our signature drinks (nature, springtime and vintage inspired). And as a nod to my e-ring, since the ring has butterflies and my now husband gave me the ring soon after I graduated with my conservation degree, my dad and I concocted an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version of a ‘Bees Knees’ cocktail to keep with the pollinator/nature/springtime/vintage inspired theme (we served up what we were concocting to everyone who came to our Christmas Eve dinner that year as a test drive to see exactly how we wanted to make the drinks and it was a major hit). Our version is made with a blush moscato wine instead of the traditional gin though. Also, I wanted our cats to somehow be a part of our wedding, and since we obviously couldn’t have them there physically, I named our drinks after them.
You can see can only kinda half see the ingredients of the drinks in the pic below, so I have them written out here. I made the framed signature drinks sign in the pic below and it is now sitting in my cubicle at work! ^_^
Lady Rowan’s Bee’s Knees Cocktail:
Blush Moscato blended with lemon, honey, raspberries and a taste of fresh thyme. Garnished with a sweet sugarcane swizzle stick * Fresh chopped mint optional.
Sir Jacob’s Bee’s Knees Mocktail:
The virgin version, made with Ginger Ale lemon, honey, raspberries and a taste of fresh thyme. Garnished with a sweet sugar cane swizzle stick. * Fresh chopped mint optional.
Post # 7
I love this. We plan to name one of our drinks after our dog since he won’t be there physically either. 🙁
Post # 8
You should do it! My dog passed away so I used her dog tag as my something blue and pinned it onto my bouquet, so she could walk down the aisle with me, like I always wanted. Maybe you can have something like that or a small locket with a picture of him somewhere on you or the bouquet or something else. There are so many ways to incorporate your puppy in the wedding I am sure, even if he won’t be there :).
Post # 9
We’re doing to do signature cocktails but haven’t decided on them yet, so hopefully I’ll get some good ideas from this thread.
Our current plan is to offer maybe 3-4 signuature cocktails in addition to beer, wine, and champagne rather than a full bar. So we’re going to try and go for broad appeal. I definitely want some sort of champagne cocktail but as for the rest?? Maybe something whisky or bourbon based (Manhattan, Old Fashioned, etc), maybe a twist on a vodka tonic?
Post # 10
That’s our general plan plus we’ll have more basic mixers so if someone wants to take one of our alcohol selections and make their own drink obviously that’s an option too. Given that our wedding won’t be huge (It’s looking like 75-ish) and we have a lot of non-drinkers having a full bar with every imaginable kind of liquor just didn’t make sense. So we were thinking maybe rum, vodka, and gin as key spirits. We also want to do some experimentation to see how the drinks could be made as mocktails.
So far we know we’re doing a drink called a Delhi Cooler that is basically pineapple juice, dry gin, a homemade curry nectar (basically simple syrup with curry spices), and fresh lime juice. (This is the drink we had on our first date.)
Knowing it’s PR and hot I’d also love something light like a spritz and have pinned some recipes for a St. Germain and Cointreau Spritz.
And we also like the idea of a Rum Old Fashioned.
I also ordered some watermelon and blackberry fruit purees off the internet so I plan to play with those. (I like this idea because it seems like it could provide the base for a second non-alcoholic drink.)
Post # 11
We definitely will — we’re also thnking about how we could incorporate him into a guestbook alternative and I will admit I really want to have a photoshoot with him in our wedding clothes when we get home to Chicago. It’s weird to think of not having him in any photos and since he’s getting up there in age (he’s 10) it feels increasingly meaningful.
Post # 12
We each will have a cocktail featuring our favorite liquors. My fiance’s favorite liquor is malort, so that was a bit of a challenge! 😂 (For anyone who doesn’t know, malort is only sold in the Chicago area and is distilled with wormwood. Each batch is different, but sometimes they turn out very bitter. It has a reputation for being awful, the kind of thing that people only drink on a dare, and has been likened to “jet fuel and broken dreams.”) Anyway, the first time I tried it was the first time FH and I hung out, and he got me hooked on it, so we take shots of it all the time when we’re out. People look at us like we’re nuts when we order it.
However, we did actually find a great cocktail that uses malort — it’s mixed with grapefruit juice, agave nectar, and blood orange bitters. It actually tastes really refreshing; even my mom liked it when we tested it out, and she’s very picky about cocktails and alcohol!
We haven’t decided on a cocktail for me yet. I love gin; my go-to drink is a gin and tonic, so we’re looking for some kind of creative gin-based cocktail, but haven’t settled on anything yet.
We also will maybe have a blue drink, since blue is one of our wedding colors, but haven’t decided on that either.
Post # 13
I love all your cocktail ideas! They all sound fabulous!