Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer Wedding Signature Cocktail Ideas

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Are you planning your summer wedding? If you are, and you're trying to cut down on the bar tab, you're in the right place.

As with every season, we've put together a list of summer wedding signature cocktail ideas. By choosing to serve one of these instead of a full open bar, you can potentially save a ton of money.

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Summer Wedding Signature Cocktail Ideas


When you're thinking about summer wedding cocktails, you want to go with drinks that are light and fruity. You can save anything dark and heavy for winter. But right now, with fruit in season, you want to add that flavor to your drinks.

Sangria (recipe adapted from epicurious)

Sangria is one of those summertime recipes. You can put in a bunch of different liquors, but we were at a restaurant once that suggested Licor 43 (which you can find at your local liquor store), and Pete's been making it that way ever since.
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1/2 cup Licor 43
  • 1.5 cup white grape juice
  • Fruit of your choice, sliced and diced
  • 2 sprigs mint
Halfway fill a glass pitcher with ice. Add the fruit. Pout in the white wine, juice, and liquor. Stir. Top with mint.

Piña Colada (recipe from Food Network)

Who doesn't like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain? Okay. Me. I'll admit it. But that's only because I'm allergic to pineapple and I don't drink alcohol. But the caught in the rain part, oh, it's so super romantic, isn't it? And, as much as Alanis Morissette would say rain on your wedding day is ironic, I still think a piña coladas is a great wedding drink.

  • 1.5 cups ice
  • 1.5 cup frozen diced pineapple, frozen
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 ounces cream of coconut
  • 1.5 ounces white rum 
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • Pineapple slices for garnish
Blend everything (except the pineapple slices). Pour into a glass. Garnish with pineapple slices.

Mojito (recipe from Chowhound)

Mojitos just sounds like summer, don't they? Plus, what's great is that even though the recipe below is traditional, you can add fruit and totally change a mojito. Think strawberry mojito, mango mojito, passion fruit ... whatever works best for your wedding.
  • 1.5 ounces club soda
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, heated and combined)
  • 2 ounce white rum
  • Mint leaves
Put the mint, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and muddle (to open the flavor of the mint). Add the rum, some ice, and shake. Strain into a glass filled with ice and top with the club soda.

If you like signature cocktails, be sure to check out our wedding signature cocktails by season:


BRIDAL BABBLE: Which of these summer wedding signature cocktail ideas is your favorite?

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