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Happy Friday! If you’re looking for a signature wedding cocktail to serve at your reception, but you’re not sure which one to choose, we have some cocktail recipes to share! Plus, we have some top tips from PRUSA mixologist, Jane Danger! She’ll tell you a few of the most helpful wedding cocktails tips ahead of your big day.
Then, we’ll share the best wedding cocktail recipes with vodka, tequila, or whisky, depending on your preference. There’s something for everyone here! Enjoy!
Take it away, Jane!
Wedding Cocktails Tips
The bar is an opportunity to have fun and really show off the couple’s personality. Choose base spirits that you each enjoy and are reflective of your personality.
1. Show Off Your Personality.
For brides, maybe it is experimenting with bubbles and edible flowers; for grooms, maybe it is taking a lighter approach to a whiskey, like a Jameson & Ginger for afternoon enjoyment.
2. Use High-Quality Ingredients in Your Cocktail Making.
High-quality ingredients are the foundation of cocktail making; if you’re planning to host a backyard wedding, make sure to have the bar set up with fun and fresh ingredients and have the staple spirits available – a versatile vodka, tequila, and whiskey should have you covered. I’d recommend Absolut, Altos, The Glenlivet, and Jameson to please the crowd.
3. Offer Fresh Lemonade Variations for Fun Mixers for Guests.
Having a few different fresh lemonade variations will give you fun mixers and nonalcoholic choices for your guests. Raspberry Lemonade with Absolut, top off with champagne you have a French 75.
Cucumber Mint Lemonade with Altos, top off with Club Soda you have a Cucumber Mint Collins.
4. Keep Cocktails Chilled Properly.
Having your signature cocktails batched will help with service, making everything perfect for the special day. Keeping them chilled during the party and add 25% dilution with water in the batch or club soda in the glass to keep people served quickly.
5. Be generous with garnishes.
When in doubt go with seasonal flavors and fresh edible garnishes like basil, flowers, berries, and citrus peels. Slightly modifying classic cocktails instead of starting from scratch will also help you get the bar right the first time.
A sprinkle of edible glitter can go a long way to top off any festive cocktail. Make your own mix using edible metallic pigment, granulated sugar, and edible metallic flakes. Mix together and store in a wide hole shaking canister for quick garnishes. Look for edible glitters in your pastry/baking sections at the grocer or specialty shop.
6. Use Large Drink Dispensers and Fun Party Cups.
Using large drink dispensers for the welcome cocktails will have everything ready to go and easy to self-serve during the initial rush of all the guests entering. Add lots of colorful garnish inside to keep things festive.
7. Add Bar Accessories.
The bar is an opportunity to have fun and really show off the couple’s personality. Have fun with naming the cocktails – make it personal, a favorite song or movie, inside jokes… it is your day, after all.
Drink stir sticks are an easy way to infuse cocktails with your wedding theme — and your fun personality. Get these by ZCreateDesign.
PRO TIP: Get custom personalized cups made as a way to show off your personality and allow guests to serve themselves. These are by ForYourParty.
8. Don’t Forget the Ice!
Always have more ice ready than you expect. Don’t forget cocktail batches, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages need to be kept cold as well.
TIP: Keep ice cold (and offer single-serve beverages) in these large beverage tubs at the bar. Get yours here.
Now that you know the wedding cocktails tips, let’s get mixing! Here are some of the most popular wedding cocktail recipes with vodka, tequila, and whisky.
Note: you’ll need a cocktail shaker. You can get this highly-rated one if you don’t have one yet.
Wedding Cocktail Recipes with Vodka
Absolut Bubble Bouquet
Recommended: champagne glass.
• 1.5 Parts Absolut Original
• .5 Parts Simple Syrup
• 7 Rose Petals
• 1-2 Drops Rosewater
How to mix: shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail flute or champagne glass and top with champagne. Garnish with rose petals.
Absolut Love Buzz
Recommended: coupe glass.
• 1.5 Parts Absolut Original
• .5 Parts Crème de Cacao
• 1 Part Raspberry Puree
• 1 Part Room-temperature Espresso
How to mix: shake all ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a chocolate-raspberry tuille.
Absolut Mother of Pearl
Recommended: coupe glass.
• 1 ½ Parts Absolut Original
• 1/2 Parts Yellow Chartreuse
• 3/4 Parts Coconut Milk
• 1 Part Lychee Puree or Nectar
• 1/4 Parts Lime Juice
How to mix: Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with pearlescent gelatin bubbles.
Wedding Cocktails with Tequila
Altos Sparkling Paloma
credit: altos plata
Recommended: highball glass.
• 2 Parts Altos Plata
• ½ Part Agave Syrup
• ½ Part Lemon or Lime Juice
• Craft Grapefruit Soda
• Pinch of Salt
How to mix: Rim highball glass with salt. Pour ingredients in glass. Stir to dissolve syrup. Add ice and top with soda.
Wedding Cocktails with Whisky
The Glenlivet Coco Breezy
credit: the glenlivet
Recommended: whisky glasses.
• 1 ½ parts The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve
• 2 parts coconut water
How to mix: Combine ingredients in a glass over ice. Stir well and enjoy.
Jameson Ginger & Lime
Recommended: tall highball glasses.
• 1 part Jameson
• 2 parts Ginger Ale
• 1 lime wedge
How to mix: Fill a highball glass with ice, add Jameson over ice. Pour ginger ale into the glass to fill. Stir briefly to mix. Take a large wedge of lime, squeeze and drop into glass.
For perfect lemon or lime wedges, use this:
And there you have it: the best wedding cocktails with vodka, tequila, and whisky. Give these a try this weekend to sample ’em! If you love them, include your favorite (pick a bride’s or groom’s drink choice) as part of your bar menu. You can include it with signage like this, too, for a fun touch! By ZCreateDesign.
Where to Buy Cocktail Glasses
Cocktails are all about presentation. Proper garnish, high-quality ingredients, and the correct glass make a huge difference. To shop specialty bar glassware, visit JoyJolt for a wide selection.
Another thing to consider? Cocktail napkins! Read all about them here.