Fall Wedding Cocktails

 

The chilly fall weather is the perfect excuse to add a seasonal twist to your signature cocktails for your wedding. But, don’t think you need to save these just for your special day; they will delight your guests whether served at your shower, rehearsal dinner, or bachelor or bachelorette party. Shaken, stirred, or mulled, these fall drinks are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Cranberry Cosmopolitans

Take a seasonal spin on the classic Cosmopolitan by incorporating red and white cranberry juice.

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Ingredients

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) vodka
  • 5 ounces Cointreau
  • 5 ounces red cranberry-juice cocktail
  • 5 ounces white cranberry-juice cocktail
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Fresh cranberries, for garnish

Directions

  • Pour all ingredients except cranberries into a large pitcher with ice; stir vigorously. Strain into glasses, discarding ice. Garnish with festive berries!

Mulled Wine

Is a guaranteed crowd-favorite, especially during the colder months! Plus, you can prepare it days in advance and reheat it when it’s time to celebrate. (Pre packaged mulled spices can also be purchased if you don’t want to make it from scratch)

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Ingredients

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • 1 large orange
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 4 star anise
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus 4 for garnish (optional)

Holiday Mulled Wine

  • Switch out the orange for ½ cup cranberry juice and ½ cup whole cranberries

Directions

  • First, zest then juice the orange
  • With the flat side of a knife, press firmly on the cardamom pods to open them a bit. In a large pot combine zest, cardamom, cloves, allspice, star anise peppercorns, cinnamon, juice, wine, water, sugar, and brandy. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves.
  • Once sugar has dissolved reduce heat to low; simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; serve immediately.

 

Fall Manhattan

 Give this classic cocktail a fall shake up by adding blood orange, apples and maple syrup.

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounces applejack
  • 1 ½ ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • A few dashes of orange bitters
  • 2 ounces Champagne
  • Blood orange rind for garnish

Directions

  • Combine applejack, whiskey, maple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker; shake over ice. Strain into 6 ounce martini glass, top with champagne, garnish, and serve.

 

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Entertain your Guests Throughout your Whole Wedding Weekend (2 of 2)

 

The ceremony may be over, but the party is just getting started! A popular trend for many newlyweds is incorporating extra parties into their special weekend. This trend is gaining popularity because many guests and couples don’t want the evening to come to a close. In addition, many couples spend the majority of the reception greeting and chatting with guests and don’t get anytime to spend with close friends and family. Besides, consider it another chance to impress your guests with surprising details and personal touches. Here are some ideas to inspire you!

Cocktail Hour

A cocktail hour is a great way to set the tone and warm guests up for the reception. Keep it simple, but make sure there are enough servers so each guest gets something to drink and eat. Most guests won’t mind standing and mingling, but just in case make sure there are seating options available. Finally, it may be laid back but don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through! Bring in entertainment, exotic cuisine, or personalized drinks.

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After Reception Party

Go out and hit the town! If you have a large wedding party consider booking a bar for a private event. Keep in mind that some of your guests may have already started drinking; plan accordingly with a shuttle or taxi service.

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Post-wedding Brunch

Newlyweds if you are not leaving for your honeymoon right away, a brunch can be the perfect way to bring the celebration to a close. It’s a great opportunity to thank guests for a lovely weekend, or to spend some quality time with loved ones.

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Simple Summer Cocktails

As summer rolls around, the sun gets hotter and the drinks get cooler. Instead of offering just regular bar items, consider having a cocktail bar or signature drink to help keep guests refreshed. Below are three easy cocktail recipes that anyone can make and serve!

Summer Sangria

Ingredients:

9 nectarines

1 pint of strawberries

2 oranges

4 bottles of sauvignon blanc

1 cup Cointreau

1 bottle sparkling water

1 bottle blood orange soda

One day prior to serving, cut up all of the fruit into bite sized pieces and cover the fruit with the wine and Cointreau. Refrigerate.

Immediately before serving, add sparkling water and soda.

French 75 Twist

Ingredients:

2 cups gin

1 cup honey

1 cup water

2 cups lime juice

2 bottles champagne

One day prior to serving, make a simple syrup by heating the honey and the water on a stovetop. Mix one part honey simple syrup, one part lime juice, and one part gin together.

When serving, put two ounces of the pre-mixed ingredients into a champagne flute, and fill the rest of the glass with chilled champagne.

Spiked Watermelon Lemonade

Ingredients:

            1 large watermelon

1 bottle lemonade

1 liter tequila

One day prior to serving, cut the watermelon into chunks and blend with the lemonade.

(To make this even easier you could buy bottled watermelon juice)

When all of the lemonade and watermelon is mixed, add the tequila.

When serving, pour over ice. Be sure to stir.

 

If you offer more than one, create a fun drink table or display for your cocktail hour or reception!

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Styling: Cherry Blossom Events
Photo by The Salty Peanut Photography

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All drink recipes from  http://apracticalwedding.com/2013/06/easy-summer-signature-cocktails-weddings/

Enjoy!

Wedding Bars: Drinks (1 of 2)

Who doesn’t love the idea of a “build you own” drink bar, especially around the holidays! Customizable drink bars are visually appealing, and a great way to cater to each of your guests’ preferences.

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Mimosas – Provide a variety of fruit, juices and champagne so your guests can personalize their mimosas. To spice things up a bit, leave a bowl of sugar on the side for guests to dip the rim of their glasses in! (use club soda for an alcohol free option)

Hot Chocolate – Hot chocolate is a great way to keep your guests warm during the cool winter months. Some topping ideas include: peppermint sticks, whipped creme, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and/or cinnamon sticks. You can even include peppermint schnapps for that special holiday feel.

Coffee – Reenergize your guests to keep them dancing all night long. Sugar cubes, bite-sized donuts, milk and creamers are just a few ideas for ingredients. For those brides looking for the perfect touch for the holiday season, grab some peppermint, sugar cookie or gingerbread creamers!

Ice Cream Floats – This will be a hit with the adults and kids! Provide a wide variety of drinks to cater to your guests: root beer, cream soda and/or fruit flavored soda. Don’t forget the Bailey’s or Guinness for those who want to spice up the traditional ice cream float.

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Cocktail Hour: The ‘Before’ Party

Finally, the bride and groom have said “I Do!” So that only means one thing, it is time to celebrate. But before we have the grand opening to the reception site, guests get to get the party started with a cocktail hour. This is a great prelude to the fun planned for guests the rest of the night! Pulling off a great cocktail hour is simple. Here are some must-haves to start the night off with a bang!

Seating:
Guests have just been sitting for a good amount of time due to travel and the ceremony. So remember, not a ton of seating is necessary during cocktail hour. However, make sure there is enough comfortable seating for those who choose to sit or require seating. Space out the seating to allow guests to mingle and walk around. A great look is to incorporate low and high tables. It gives the cocktail hour a different feel than the reception and keeps the guests interested all night!

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Music:
You can’t have cocktail hour without some good jams! Be sure to keep the volume low so guests can talk and congratulate the couple! Another great idea is to incorporate a different style of music than the reception. Think Bluegrass band, jazz trio, or an acoustic guitarist as a few fun ideas. Also, you never know who is already ready to dance!

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Food and Drinks:
Cocktail hour needs drinks, hence the name. We love including signature cocktails as a great way to showcase the couple and their personality.! They can help control bar costs and get the guests ready for a fun memorable night and help set the tone! Don’t forget to have non-alcoholic drinks for under age guests and those who choose not to drink! Fun glasses and straws always are a nice touch! Obviously, drink and food go hand in hand. Have some easy to eat hors d’oeuvres that go with your theme!

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Personalization:
Whether it is cocktail napkins or signage, make sure to incorporate your theme or design into cocktail hour. Display the new couples marriage name, date, etc. The guests are here to celebrate you, so spread the love throughout cocktail hour! A great personal touch is a slideshow of the couple! From their younger years up to their wedding day, this is always a heart touching element guests love to view as their sipping on their drinks and munching on snacks!

Activities:
Guests will be itching to get the fun started after the ceremony. Include some form of activity for them to start getting in ‘celebration’ mode. For an outdoor wedding, lawn guests are always a go to! Otherwise, bring out the guestbook early or open up the photo booth before guests sit down for dinner!

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His and Hers: 10 Signature Cocktails for the Bride and Groom

One of the hottest trends in weddings is having signature cocktails picked by the bride and the groom. These are usually served during cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres. Whether you are serving these in mason jars, copper mugs, or traditional cocktail glasses, you can add a personal touch to each glass by using colorful straws, ribbon, or logos. If you invest in higher quality glassware, you can consider that as a guest favor, otherwise most rental companies offer several glassware options. No matter what drinks you both choose, you will be sure to find some crowd pleasers on this list! Here are some excellent cocktail picks to consider for your special day.

The Moscow Mule

This cocktail is traditionally served in a copper mug, and garnished with a lime wedge. It is light and refreshing, and loaded with flavor! It can be served all seasons, too! Ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice.

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The Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour

One word: amazing! This drink was developed by the creators of the Mason Jar Shaker, and is featured in the cocktail book: Shake. It is incredibly flavorful and would be perfect for Fall and Winter, although it is lovely all seasons. Ingredients: maple syrup, fresh rosemary, lemon juice, and bourbon.

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John Daly

Ever heard of an Arnie Palmer? This is the same idea, except it includes vodka. It is usually served during summer, and can be garnished with mint, or fresh fruit. Ingredients: lemonade, iced tea and vodka.

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Hop, Skip and Go Naked

This cocktail will make anyone a beer drinker! It is another wonder developed by the authors of Shake. It is perfect for an outdoor summer wedding! Ingredients: summer shandy (beer), simple syrup, lemon juice and vodka.

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Basil Lemonade

Refreshing, and herby. This cocktail makes a great signature drink at weddings. It is elegant, yet simple. Fresh muddled basil adds another dimension to a traditional vodka lemonade. Ingredients: lemonade, fresh basil, vodka or gin.

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Sazerac

Boozy and a lot of dimension! This New Orleans drink will certainly be an original on your special day! Ingredients: Sugar cube, Peychaud’s bitters, Angostura bitters, dash of absinthe, rye or American whiskey, and lemon peel.

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French 75

Sophisticated and light, the French 75 is a timeless classic served in all seasons. It will pleasantly surprise your guests! Ingredients: Champagne, sugar cube, St. Germain, lemon, and gin.

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Mint Julep

Similar to the Moscow Mule, the Mint Julep is served in a non-stemmed glass. This cocktail is light and refreshing, perfect for Spring. Ingredients: fresh mint leaves, bourbon whiskey, water, and superfine sugar.

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Pimm’s Cup

This is another great late-Spring early summer cocktail. A Pimm’s Cup is fresh and tasty. You can add extra fruit for garnishing. Ingredients: Pimm’s No. 1, lemon wedges, English cucumbers, seltzer water, and lemonade.

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Sidecar

Great for a Fall/Winter wedding, a sidecar is flavorful, and certain to please your guests. Ingredients: Brandy, triple sec or Cointreau, simple syrup, and lemon juice.

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¡Jugar, Risa, Bebida: {Play, Laugh, Drink!}

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday celebrating a victory over the French in 1862. People all around the world celebrate this colorful holiday on May 5th. Spice up your fiesta by trying a new twist on the classic margarita.

Moonlight Blue Margarita

Pour first 3 ingredients in a shaker with ice:

1 1/2 oz tequila

1 oz blue curacao

1 oz fresh lime juice

lime wedge for garnish

salt for rimming

-Shake and pour into a margarita glass rimmed with salt and garnish with a lime wedge.

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