Signature cocktails have been a huge hit on the wedding scene for quite some time, and we can definitely see why! These delectable indulgences often incorporate the couple’s cultures, favorite ingredients, or even the wedding color palette, making for a great way to show off their personalities.  We love all of the different concoctions that our couples come up with! We know that it can be difficult to find the perfect drink, so we’ve rounded up not only some fantastic liquid eye-candy, but a few recipes (at the bottom) to get you started as well!

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Blushing Bride via Jihan Cerda Photography

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Sparkling Mint Julep

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Southern Gentleman

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Pimm’s Cup

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Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule

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Lemon and Rosemary Bourbon Sour

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Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonic


 

Blushing Bride

1 oz Peach Schnapps

1 oz Grenadine

4 oz Champagne

1 Sprig Fragrant Lavender

Instructions

Pour the Schnapps and grenadine into the bottom of a champagne flute.

Pour chilled champagne into the glass.

Garnish with a sprig of fresh lavender

 

Sparkling Ginger Mint Julep

6 ounces ginger beer

2 ounces bourbon

8 mint leaves

Instructions

Muddle the ginger beer, 3 mint sprigs and bourbon together in a glass until the mint has released its flavor

Fill the glass with crushed ice, then garnish with remaining mint sprig

(Optional: If you do not like the remaining muddled mint leaves, you can strain the julep before add in the ice and garnish mint sprig.)

Southern Gentleman

1.5 oz. bourbon

0.5 oz. simple syrup

2 blackberries muddled

3 mint leaves muddled plus a small sprig for garnish

splash of lemon juice (about 1 tablespoon)

Instructions

Muddle simple syrup, blackberries, and mint in a shaker.

Add bourbon and lemon juice to the mixture.

Add ice and shake until cold and strain over ice

 

Pimm’s Cup

2 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 to 1 oz simple syrup

1.5 oz of Pimm’s No. 1

Club soda, sparkling soda water or plain seltzer water

Garnishes: Cucumber spear or slices, mint, lemon, orange and strawberries

Instructions

Combine lemon juice and simple syrup to make lemonade (start with 4 to 1 ratio and increase to half of each if sweeter is desired)

Fill a tall glass with ice; add Pimm’s and lemonade and top off with soda; stir to mix

Garnish with cucumbers, citrus and strawberries

 

Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule

5 fresh strawberries

5 fresh basil leaves

1 1/2 ounces vodka

juice from 1/2 fresh lime

ginger beer

crushed ice

Instructions

Muddle strawberries and basil with a splash of the ginger beer & lime juice.

Add vodka, give a quick stir.

Top with plenty of ice & ginger beer.

Garnish with strawberries & basil.

 

Lemon and Rosemary Bourbon Sour 

3 sprigs of rosemary

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 ounces bourbon

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

3/4 ounce rosemary simple syrup

ice cubes, for shaking and serving

sprigs of rosemary, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Simple Syrup:

Place rosemary on cutting board and gently hit sprigs with back of knife to release their flavor and aroma

Transfer rosemary to small pot; stir in sugar and water. Cook over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes or until sugar is dissolved

Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes

Transfer to jar or container and refrigerate until completely cool

Cocktail:

In cocktail shaker, combine bourbon, lemon juice, Rosemary Simple Syrup and ice; shake well

Serve over additional ice, garnished with rosemary sprig, if desired

 

Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonics

12 blackberries

20 fresh mint leaves

2 Meyer lemons (can sub. regular lemons)

1/4 cup simple syrup

12 ounces good quality gin

tonic water

ice

Instructions
Set out four high ball glasses.

Place 3 blackberries, 5 mint leaves, juice of ½ lemon, and 1 tablespoon simple syrup in each glass and muddle together.

Fill each glass with ice, followed by 3 ounces of gin. Top off each drink with tonic water, stir and serve.

 

Bottoms up!  Be sure to check back this weekend to see a gallery full of all of our favorite signature cocktails from our amazing real weddings! Looking for more ideas?  Be sure to check out our wedding inspiration galleries.

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