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Friday, August 9, 2013

Cheers to Signature Cocktails!

Over the past couple of years signature cocktails have become a big trend at wedding receptions.  It's a wonderful way to make your wedding reception unique and personal  while providing a fun and tasty element for your guests.

Many couples choose their signature cocktail based on color and appearance to fit with the decor of their wedding. Or they may choose a cocktail they had on their first date or when they became engaged.  Some couples decide to each have their own signature cocktail according to what is their favorite drink.
We assisted with a wedding that took place on Kentucky Derby Day, so the couple chose mint juleps as their signature cocktail.

Besides wanting your cocktail to taste delicious, you also want it to wow your wedding guests with it's presentation.  You can do this with creative signage, the type of glassware or using a lovely beverage dispenser.  No matter what you decide to use as your presentation, make sure the look and feel compliments the rest of your wedding reception decor.

Pink Lemonade Cocktail. Possible signature drink?? Adds to the pink, summer theme.    1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed  3 (12-oz.) bottles beer (not dark), chilled  3/4 cup vodka, chilled  Ice  Garnishes: fresh cranberries, citrus slices


1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
3 (12-oz.) bottles beer (not dark), chilled
3/4 cup vodka, chilled
Garnishes: fresh cranberries, citrus slices
Stir together first 3 ingredients. Serve over ice.
Serves 50 (approx 4 ounce servings)
5-6 pints blackberries plus some for garnish
4 bunches mint leaves plus some for garnish
6 cups sugar
4 cups cold water
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
6-7 cups light rum (depending on how strong you want the drinks. This is based on 1 ounce per drink which is light. Add more if you like. You can also substitute vodka if you prefer)
2 bottles of chilled club soda (to taste)
Makes about two quarts but it depends on how strong you want the lemonade to be- you can stretch it to a gallon by adding more water. I like it strong because it is always diluted when you add ice. 

2 pints fresh raspberries
2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 vanilla bean
2 quarts cold water*
* add the water to your taste. More if you like it weak, less water if you like it strong. I used about 1 quart water and then added a splash of chilled club soda at serving time to make it a bit fizzy.
Fresh Peach Sangria
Serves 6-8
5-6 peaches, peeled and sliced
1 cup vodka (if you use peach vodka, omit the peach nectar)
1/2 cup peach brandy
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup peach nectar (find it in the International aisle)
1 bottle chilled white wine or Prosecco
Club Soda, chilled (omit if you are using Prosecco)
Reserve 2 peaches for later. Muddle the remaining sliced peaches with the sugar in a large pitcher to release the juice. Add the vodka and brandy. Allow to sit for 1-2 hours. Crush to a puree with a wooden spoon or use an immersion blender to make into a puree. If you like, strain the puree before adding the remaining ingredients. I happen to like the pulp. Add the peach nectar, remaining peach slices, and white wine. Chill well. You can serve this immediately but it's even better if it has a chance to sit for a while so the flavors can develop. I like to chill it for at least 2 hours before serving. Top with club soda to taste at serving if you are using white wine. Omit the club soda if you are using Prosecco.  
cucumber and gin signature wedding cocktail
Cucumber and Gin Wedding Cocktail
2 oz. Gin
2-3 Cucumber Wheels
Ginger Ale
Muddle 2-3 cucumber wheels in the bottom of a highball glass with a dash of Ginger Ale. Fill glass with ice. Add 2 oz. of gin and fill rest up with lemonade stopping an inch or 2 from the top and finish with Ginger Ale. Stir to combine flavors and garnish with a cucumber wheel.
Signature Cocktail Recipe: La Floradita Havana Daiquiri | One Hitched Lane


Yields: 1 drink
2 ounces rum
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon grapefruit juice
juice of 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur
1/2 cup crushed ice
Grapefruit for garnish
In a blender, blend all ingredients for 10 to 20 seconds. Serve in a chilled cocktail glass with a grapefruit slice and enjoy!
Fourth of July Cocktail Inspiration via One Hitched Lane
Apple, Cranberry, and Ginger Cocktail 
Yields 8
2 cups (500 ml) apple juice (use the cloudy type if you can)
2 cups (500 ml) cranberry juice
100 ml vodka
2 cups (500 ml) ginger ale
Ice, to serve
Place the apple juice, cranberry juice and vodka in a blender and whizz until pale pink and frothy. Pour into a large serving jug, add the ginger ale and a good handful of ice.
Vodka Lemonade Signature Cocktail Recipe via One Hitched Lane
Vodka Lemonade
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (or roughly 10 lemons)
1 cup simple syrup
1 1/2 cup soda water
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 tsp vanilla
fresh strawberries to garnish; thinly sliced
fresh basil to garnish; finely chopped
In a large pitcher, mix together the lemon juice, syrup, soda water, vodka, and vanilla. Fill glasses with ice and thinly sliced strawberries. Pour the lemon
ade mixture into the glasses and top with basil. Enjoy!

Signature cocktails are a fantastic way to personalize your wedding day and add some fun to the festivities! Have fun with the process.

Are you planning to have a signature cocktail at your wedding reception?  Please share what you have chosen.  We love hearing from our readers.

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