Signature cocktails are hugely popular right now. Signature drinks are made using mixers that are in harmony with your wedding colors. The drink is often named after the bride and groom.
Bambi Bach, owner and wedding planner/designer for Bella Wedding Rentals is delighted with this fun trend at wedding receptions. “One bride loved blush pink, so we designed a Blushing Whiskey Sour for her wedding. It was so pretty and so delicious. Blackberries gave us that gorgeous blush color, mixed with simple lemon syrup, Irish whiskey and crushed ice. We called it the Blushing Bride.” Bach said.
Then we did a cocktail for the Groom called the Golden Groom – we mixed, vodka, lime juice and ginger beer with a lime wheel garnish. So, we utilized their color scheme of gold and blush pink with these two signature cocktails. Instead of having a full bar which can be very expensive, we just did beer, wine and the two signature drinks which seemed to please all of the guests.
Pets are also represented in the trend. Bach tells of a bride’s desire to have her beloved beagle Sofie represented at the wedding. “Her venue wouldn’t allow Sofie to attend the bash, so we developed a signature cocktail,” Bach said. My bride was using a color palette of burgundy and gold, so we came up with a frozen Sangria with a gold sugar rim. We named it Sofie’s Sangria and placed Sofie’s photo at the bar with a cute sign! It was hugely popular and made our bride very happy!”
Another popular trend is serving heirloom bourbon cocktails, which are family bourbon recipes that were handed down. Bach said drinks like the Bourbon Peach Smash is perfect for rustic weddings or bohemian themed weddings. That heirloom bourbon libation is made with mint, bourbon, peach puree, and a splash of ginger beer, and served in a mason jar.
Beer lovers, take heart. Craft beers are also popular. “Many or our couples are making their own craft beers. We try to serve fun appetizers to enhance the home brew, such as mini Angus beef sliders or mini brisket tacos. French fries served in miniature paper cones with a gourmet catsup is also fun and goes with the beer,” Bach said.
Bach’s advice to the bride and groom is to talk to your caterer about options for both food and drink, remembering to have fun and make it yours.
This article was written and published by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Aug. 2015