Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Signature Cocktails to Match Your Wedding Colors

Signature cocktails are a great way to bring some personality into your wedding as well as save you some moolah. Open bars can get pretty pricey and having a signature along with a few beer and wine selections is a great way to save your budget.
Finding a cocktail that matches your color pallet isn't as hard as it sounds.

Here are a few of my favorites from across the web.
Rose Petal Martini from
 Pink: Rose Petal Martini 

1 1/2 shots gin or vodka
1/2 cup lychee juice
Shake ingredients and pour into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a rose petal.

Blue Indepence from
Blue: Blue Independence (change the name to a more wedding themed moniker)
1½ oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin
¾ oz. lime juice
½ oz. Blue CuraƧao
1 oz. peach schnapps
¼ oz. simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass.

Fennel Orange Sparkler from
 Yellow: Fennel Orange Sparkler
1 ounce of fennel simple syrup
2 ounces of orange juice
2 ounces of vodka
Seltzer to fill glass
Garnishes: Fennel stalks and orange peel
To create a flavored simple syrup:
Slice desired flavoring agent (roughly 1/2 cup fennel) and add to a small saucepan. Add equal parts water and sugar to the saucepan and bring to a simmer for several minutes until the liquid becomes thick. Strain the fennel from the syrup. This method can be used for nearly any flavor!
To mix cocktail:
In a tumbler, add chilled vodka, fennel syrup, and cold orange juice. Stir to combine. Add chilled seltzer to the glass to fill. Stir lightly to keep the drink carbonated.

Mary's Cucumber Mojito from
Green: Cucumber Mojito 
 1 lime, quartered
2 sprigs fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 slices cucumber
6 cubes ice, or as needed
2 ounces cucumber vodka
4 fluid ounces club soda Squeeze the lime quarters into a highball glass, and drop the limes into the glass. Add the mint leaves and sugar. Muddle well with the back of a spoon or with a muddler. Place the cucumber slices into the glass, and fill with ice cubes. Pour in the rum, then top off with club soda. Stir gently and serve.

Watermelon Tarragon Cocktail from
 Red: Watermelon Tarragon Cocktail
3oz non-botanical gin (like Miller's)
1 sprig tarragon
3oz watermelon puree
2oz lemonade
1oz triple sec
Muddle together gin and tarragon. Add the rest of the ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into 2 glasses. 

What are some of your favorite cocktails? Would you have a signature drink at your wedding? Let us know in the comment section! Cheers!

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