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15 Cocktails to Serve at your Wedding

Updated: Jan 24, 2023

Wedding Day Cocktails

Choosing what beverages to have at your wedding can be quite daunting. The need to please everyone can be overwhelming, especially when the family is involved, and everyone has their own tastes. Trying to find the perfect drink doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems.

The majority of people know which spirits they like.




When it comes to cocktails there are thousands of combinations to choose from. Why not pick one or those that align with your wedding theme?


If you are going for an 80s theme for example think about drinks that were from that era. Back then a popular drink was Blue Stuff which was inspired by Blue Curacao. There’s also the long island iced tea which was invented in the 70s; plus, many more to give that 80s theme an extra touch.


If you are going with the old tradition of ‘something borrowed, something blue’ then there is the blueberry mojito, the frozen blue Moscato margaritas, or jack Frosties. These are only a small number of blue cocktails that are available.


Below is a list of 15 wedding cocktails to inspire, entice and captivate your guests.

1) Pina Colada

‘If you like pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain’, then this drink is for you! Pina Colada in English means – Strained Pineapple. This cocktail originates in San Juan, Puerto Rico around the 1950s.


Ingredients:


i. 2oz Light Rum

ii. 1 ½ oz Cream of Coconut

iii. ½ oz Lime Juice

iv. 1 ½ oz Pineapple Juice


Directions:

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice Shake well Strain the mixer into a hurricane glass Garnish with a pineapple wedge


credit: https://www.theplunge.com/food-drink/top-50-signature-wedding-cocktails-recipes/

2) Paloma

Paloma in English means – Dove. This cocktail originates in Mexico around the 1950s.


Ingredients:

i. 2oz Blanco Tequila

ii. 1 Lime Wedge

iii. 4-5oz Grapefruit Juice


Directions:

Rim a highball glass with salt Add the tequila and ice Squeeze a lime wedge into the drink then drop the wedge in Top with grapefruit soda



3) Sazerac

The name of this cocktail comes from Peychaud’s favorite French brandy – Sazerac-de-Forge et fils. This drink originates from New Orleans in the 1830s, believed to be made by a creole apothecary named Antoine Peychaud.


Ingredients:


i. 2oz Rye Whiskey or Cognac

ii. ½ oz Simply Syrup

iii. 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

iv. 1 barspoon Absinthe


Directions:

Chill the glass, to begin with Coat the inside with absinthe Stir the rye, syrup, and bitters with ice in a mixing glass Strain into an old-fashioned glass Garnish with a lemon peel.



4) Cosmopolitan

There are a few people who have claimed to have invented the cosmopolitan. The most popular is that it was created by Cheryl Cook in the 1980s.


Ingredients:

i. 1 ½ oz Vodka (Absolut Citron)

ii. ¾ oz Cointreau

iii. ¾ oz Lime Juice

iv. ¾ oz Cranberry Juice


Directions:

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice Shake well Strain into a cocktail glass



5) Aviation

The Aviation cocktail was first published in 1917 by Hugo Ensslin, a German-born man who bartended in New York.



Ingredients:

i. 2oz Gin

ii. ½ oz Lemon Juice

iii. ¼ oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

iv. ¼ oz Crème de Violette


Directions:

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice Shake well Strain into a cocktail glass



6) Aperol Spritz

The Aperol was invented by two brothers, Luigi and Silvio Barbieri who had taken over their father’s company, after 7 years of experimentation they made Aperol. The name Aperol was inspired by the French term Aperitif – Apero.



Ingredients:

i. 2oz Aperol

ii. 3oz Prosecco

iii. 1oz Soda Water


Directions:

Add all ingredients to a stemmed wine glass over ice Garnish with half an orange wheel



7) Mai Tai

The Mai Tai was invented by Victor J. Bergeron in 1944 at his Tahitian restaurant in Oakland. Mai Tai was then introduced to Hawaii in 1953. The word Mai Tai means very good in Tahitian.



Ingredients:

i. 2oz Dark Rum

ii. ¾ oz Lime Juice

iii. ½ oz Orange Curacao

iv. ¼ oz Orgeat


Directions:

Add all ingredients to a shaker Shake well with ice Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice Garnish with a mint sprig



8) Rum Punch

The rum punch was invented by the British East India Company. It came around in the 1700s as an alternative to beer.



Ingredients:

i. 1oz White Rum

ii. ½ oz Dark Rum

iii. 1oz Orange Juice

iv. 1oz Pineapple Juice

v. ¼ oz Grenadine


Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a tall glass Garnish with an orange slice



9) Blackberry Whisky Lemonade

This drink is perfect for a bridal party. It’s a refreshing summer drink that is made especially for a girl’s night or get-together.



Ingredients:

i. 1oz Whiskey

ii. 1oz Lemon Juice

iii. 1oz Simple Syrup

iv. 3oz Sparkling Water

v. 2 Blackberries


Directions:

Muddle the blackberries in a glass Add the whiskey, lemon, syrup, and ice Top it with the sparkling water Garnish with a blackberry



10) La Dame Rose

As with the cocktail above this drink is perfect for the bridal party or a lady's night in. It was concocted especially for these kinds of occasions.



Ingredients:

i. 2oz Prosecco

ii. 1 ½ oz dry white wine (non-alcoholic)

iii. ½ oz Ginger Liqueur

iv. ½ oz Cranberry Juice

v. ½ oz Lemon Juice

vi. ½ oz Honey

vii. 5 Seasonal Berries

viii. Fresh Mint

ix. Seasonal Flowers


Directions:

Mix all the ingredients into a mixing jar Stir and then pour into a wine glass Top it up with prosecco Garnish with seasonal flowers, berries, and some mint



11) Queen of Flowers

This drink was created by a beverage manager and mixologist named Paola Patitucci who lives in the Turks and Caicos Islands.



Ingredients:

i. 1 ½ oz Vodka

ii. ½ oz Halicus Italian Bergamot Liquor

iii. 1oz Lime Juice

iv. 1 ¾ oz Pink Cranberry Juice

v. ¾ oz Simple Rose Syrup

vi. 1 Egg White

vii. Edible dehydrated Rose Petals


Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker Shake well and then strain into a Martini Coupe glass Garnish with the edible dehydrated rose petals



12) Mermaid Coladas

This drink is a glammed-up rendition of the Pina Colada. Lauren Miyashiro is a freelancer who writes for Delish, this is from an article she wrote back in 2018.



Ingredients:

i. 4oz Pineapple Juice

ii. 4oz White Rum

iii. 4oz Coconut Milk

iv. 2oz Blue Curacao

v. 1 Cup frozen pineapple chunks

vi. Maraschino Cherries

vii. Paper Umbrellas


Directions:

Put all ingredients into a blender (minus the chunks and cherries) Once blended until smooth pour into a glass Garnish with a pineapple chunk, cherries, and a paper umbrella



13) Eaton Mess Cocktail

For this, you’d want to have these either the night before your wedding or the day off for the bridal party only.



Ingredients:

i. Fresh Raspberries

ii. Fresh Strawberries

iii. ½ cup Caster Sugar

iv. 1 cup Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur

v. ½ cup Strawberry Liqueur

vi. Mini Pink Marshmallows

vii. Mini Meringues

viii. Mint Leaves


Directions:

Place the raspberries, sugar, and ½ cup of water into a saucepan Bring to a boil then remove from the heat Place mixture into a blender and blend until smooth Then place in the fridge for half an hour Place the glasses you are wanting to use into the freezer to chill Drizzle about 60ml of the raspberry puree into the glasses, swirl to coat, and put the glasses back into the freezer Finely chop 4 strawberries and place them on the side Cut the rest of the strawberries into halves Place the halved strawberries, ice, baileys, strawberry liqueur, and the rest of the raspberry puree into a blender Blend until combined and slushy Pour the mixture into the glasses Garnish with mini meringues, marshmallows, chopped strawberries, and mint leaves



14) Coco Loco

This drink is quick and easy to make!



Ingredients:

i. 120ml Bacardi White Rum

ii. 90ml Bacardi Gold Rum

iii. 540ml Pineapple Juice

iv. 120ml Fresh Lime Juice

v. 180ml Coconut Water

vi. 60ml Amaretto Liqueur

vii. 30ml Grenadine

viii. Coconut Halves

ix. Pineapple Leaves


Directions:

Place the Bacardi’s, juices, liqueur, and coconut water into a large jug with ice Pour the mixture into the coconut halves Garnish with the pineapple leaves and fresh orchids if you’d like



15) Ration Flip

A friend of mine used to create drinks, this is one of his creations.



Ingredients:

i. 40ml Manchester Gin

ii. 30ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin

iii. 10ml Fair Goji Liqueur

iv. 50ml Berry and Honey Quark

v. 10ml Lemon Juice

vi. 1 Whole Egg


Directions:


Add the ingredients into a mixture Stir, strain into a glass Blend the egg then pour it into the glass Garnish with mint


credit: https://www.instagram.com/karldstanley/



I hope you enjoyed reading about all the different cocktails you could have at your wedding, if you would love to start planning your wedding here on the south coast of Australia get in touch. charleyashe@trouvailleweddings.com.au

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