Part of the fun in planning your wedding is creating the custom details that will turn your big day into a one-of-a-kind experience for your guests. For many, signature cocktails are a great way to infuse some personality and mix up the bar menu beyond your typical wine and beer.
When you think about cocktails, you may only know a handful of traditional favorites. However, there are countless mixed drinks out there and, better yet, a skilled bartender can (and enjoys) mixing up custom cocktails based on your flavor preferences.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few steps to crafting your signature cocktail and turning your basic bar into a unique and enjoyable experience for all.
Start with what you know
Your signature cocktail can be virtually anything, including your all-time favorite drink. If margaritas are your go-to beverage, give your guests a taste of what you love! Don’t be afraid to choose a drink you are comfortable with or, at least, a type of liquor you prefer. If vodka brings back bad memories, opt for gin or tequila. Do what feels right to you and your partner.
Consider the season
Let the time of year dictate the direction you take your signature cocktail. Consider what you and your guests will want to drink, given the season’s weather and temperature. A refreshing watermelon mojito will keep everyone cool in the thick of summer, whereas a spiked mulled cider is the perfect addition to a fall celebration.
Make it a date
Perhaps mixed drinks aren’t usually your thing or maybe you just want to try something new. If so, hit up the local cocktail bar with your partner and get familiar with the drinks on the menu. Talk up the bartenders and ask for recommendations based on their expert insight. They’ll be able to offer you suggestions about flavor notes, mixtures, and affordability.
If you’re planning on having an addition like a tequila or bourbon tasting bar, head over to a distillery and get to know the finer points of your chosen liquor. This is the perfect excuse to get out of the house and have some fun in the planning process!
Get creative with display
No matter the signature cocktail you choose, you get to decide how it’s served and displayed. A fun setup can really make the bar experience unique and exciting. From unique glassware to frozen fruits and flowers frozen, there are many creative ways to jazz up the bar. Consider having a garnish station where guests can add fresh-squeezed juices, berries, herbs, and other accouterments to enhance their drink.
Rest assured, you can always lean on your caterer and wedding planner for support in the decision-making process. Get in touch – we love working with couples in finding the signature cocktail that not only tastes delicious but also captures the essence of their personalities and their relationship together.