Ask anyone and they’ll tell you their favorite part of the reception is the bar. With craft cocktails rising in popularity, brides and grooms are taking the opportunity to make an impression on their guests and serve up some delightful concoctions that not only taste spectacular but look amazing. If you’re worried about finding the right bevvy, it never hurts to throw a cocktail party with all your best lads and ladies. For research purposes, of course.
Some key players in the refreshment ring are elderflower and blood orange mixed with herbaceous flavors like tarragon and thyme. We’ve found that gin tends to be the liquor of choice for fancy cocktails, as it smacks of juniper and lends itself well to other botanical tastes, and pairs nicely with softer, floral flavors such as rose. Gin is in everything (literally 80% of our favorite cocktails require gin), so to bring in some variation, we’ve compiled a list of drinkies that run the gamut of the liquor cabinet. We’ve included the ones that didn’t make the list down at the bottom for additional options.
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Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash
Light and bubbly, the perfect mix champagne and plum– a sorely underappreciated fruit– and hinting of lemon and thyme, this dazzlingly refreshing cocktail is choice if you want ease into the evening. Did someone say “happy hour special”?– because it’s an ideal cocktail hour bridge between the ceremony and reception.
Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail
Let the gin flow with a hint of delicious St. Germain (elderflower liqueur) for subtle floral flavor, balanced with lime and ginger for a delightfully vibrant cocktail.
Pineapple Coconut Mojito
What best describes the taste of coconut and pineapple? Liquid sunshine? Happiness in a glass? The summery combo brings to mind calypso drums and sandy beaches. Combine coconut rum with club soda and muddle a little pineapple and mint and you’ve got yourself a sparkling glass of good feels.
Honey & Smoke Mezcal Cocktail
If you love tequila then we’re sure you’ll be dying to meet it’s cousin– say hello to mezcal. Mezcal, like tequila, is a powerhouse and in our opinion one of the tastiest options for a signature cocktail. Actually,– this is a statement cocktail. A warming blend of mezcal, lime, ginger, and honey simple syrup is a legitimate fiesta in a glass.
Rose Lemon Spritzer
Just a little sweet and oh so delicate, rose water and vodka mingle together in a concoction that’s as refreshing as it is pretty. Lemon juice and honey round out the flavor and complete this pink and gauzy treat.
The Godfather Cocktail
A bold mix of scotch whiskey and cherry tempered with amaretto, this cocktail brings it. Say hello to the mother of all cocktails– The Godfather. A gusty divergence from your run-of-the-mill cocktail menu that packs as much buzz as sipping pleasure.
The Gingersnap Cocktail
Weighing in with three ingredients but packed with flavor, the Gingersnap pairs splendidly with crisp autumn receptions or cold winter ceremonies. Amaretto, ginger beer, and bitters make up this sweet and spicy sipper.
Grapefruit Salty Dog
If you’re a sassy greyhound, then the Salty Dog is your spirit animal. (See what we did there?) A traditional vodka Greyhound with a salted rim, plus a little added grapefruit for good measure. Tart and refreshing. An exceptional summertime aperitif.
Rose and Tarragon Gin Lemonade
Mixed to perfection and blushing just a bit, this cocktail is for the easy breezy lovers of simplicity but holds it’s own with downright elegance. An easy blend of gin, sparkling rose lemonade, and tarragon sprigs, this princess of punch can be dressed up or down. It’s as low-maintenance as you can get without sacrificing anything in presentation. Can’t find sparkling rose lemonade? Make it with plain sparkling lemonade and rosewater– both easily obtained, and plus you get posh points for using rose water. It’s a win-win.
The Fig Thyme
A potion of Pisco (a brandy made in the Chilean and Peruvian wine country), Cointreau, and a thyme-infused simple syrup, the Fig Thyme cocktail is for the adventurous. An amalgamation warm fruit flavors with the distinguished bite of herbs gives this beverage it’s unique profile. As fragrant as it is savor-able, sipping on this gives your guests an experience for their senses.
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