Cocktail Hour: The Signature Drink

When I first heard of “the signature drink,” I was a bit hesitant. How is it that every new wedding trend seems like the key to a perfect wedding? My parents scoffed at the idea and I couldn’t help but wonder if it’s necessary. I still admit that it isn’t necessary. I doubt guests will talk about it for years to come. It won’t make or break the day. Despite all this, I think we will be having one and I am pleased about it. The way our day will be structured–with a cocktail hour in between the ceremony and reception while the wedding party and family takes formal photos–it seemed like a nice way to spice up that time.

So now the only question is what drink should be our ‘signature’. Mr. Peppermint and I recently settled on Pimm’s. I first heard of Pimm’s when I was doing a summer acting program in England. The teachers would congregate out on the green and drink Pimm’s after class! It’s mostly a British thing–and from what I understand, recently making a comeback? When I went to my cousin’s wedding in Ipswich last summer, this was their signature drink. It’s refreshing, delicious and, I must admit, packs a punch!

(image found here)

Pimm’s Cup

1 part Pimm’s No. 1
2 parts Lemonade (we use sparkling Lemonade)
cut up oranges, lemons and cucumber
top with a sprig of mint

Is anyone else having a signature drink or am I the only sucker? What drinks are you considering?


Mrs. Peppermint

LA/Palm Springs
Wedding Date:
December 2007
Chain Gang
Every Self-Respecting Jet Setter
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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    Helen, Guest @ 12:50 pm

    Pimms Rocks. If I were a summer bride I would definitely serve it up. It is refreshing, fruity (it certainly counts as multiples of your five a day) and gets you drunk from the toes up. A further drunken brilliance is Pimms & Champagne, but you do need a splash of orange juice to knock the acidity out.

    PS Apples cut up in there are great too.

    PPS I’m British – can you tell!?

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    Anne K, Guest @ 12:51 pm

    Signature drinks are fun. They add a little flavor to your reception. We were going to have Lychee Martinis & Sake Martinis. We were serving Asian Fusion cuisine at our reception.

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    mrsbee 3235 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:52 pm

    the good thing about having a signature drink is that it encourages people to drink and the party gets going in no time. :)

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    brenda, Guest @ 12:54 pm

    We are having a signature drink, but mainly because I want to host drinks but not the whole bar. Does that make sense? So my younger sister is a bartender and she is coming up with drinks that are considered “well”, a.k.a. the cheapest, and if anyone else wants to buy top shelf they can pay for their own.
    I would love to host drinks all night but we cannot afford all the alcoholics in our friends and family circles:)
    But I’m leaning towards the whole something borrowed something blue menu I have previously seen.

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    Sarah, Guest @ 12:58 pm

    We used an old punch recipe from the groom’s family, and once people were seated for dinner, someone noticed the caterers dipping into our punch! I guess that’s kind of a compliment…

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    Lori, Guest @ 1:01 pm

    It seems like a very summery drink for a winter wedding. Just my two cents.

    However, I do love it because it’s British! Yay!

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    amysue 1492 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:04 pm

    well, lori, it is out in sunny cal-i-for-ni-a…winter weddings there might be like summer weddings in other locales!

    i think signature drinks are a great idea, especially if you can put them in a context. i went to one where the drink was the reason that the groom’s parents had met (and it was tasty, too!), so that gave it some fun significance.

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    Pei, Guest @ 1:05 pm

    It is a very summery drink, but Ms. P is getting married in Palm Springs where it’s summer year round! Plus, I think one or two summery touches at a winter wedding keeps things light and refreshing.

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    JJ, Guest @ 1:11 pm

    I was thinking of doing one, but when I suggested it to FI, he vetoed the idea. He hasn’t vetoed much of the crazy little touches that I just *have* to have after reading about them online, so I’m letting this one go.

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    MCRBride, Guest @ 1:18 pm

    Mmmm I had my first Pimms about 2 months ago.
    Soooo good!!

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    Dani, Guest @ 1:30 pm

    Lynchberg Lemonade in Mason Jars – perfect for an outdoor “rustic” wedding in September.
    It seemed a way to not have to stock a full bar but still have hard alcohol plus they’re super yummy!

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    meduzagirl 37 posts, Newbee @ 1:32 pm

    We’ll be providing all of the drink materials (caterer supplies the bartender), and I think it’s going to be a lot easier just buying supplies for our signature drink than trying to buy for a full open bar.

    That said, we’re doing Mai Tai’s since we’ll be in Hawaii. Of course, since it’s a rum drink, people will be able to have other sorts of rum based drinks if they really want to.

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    smartl 534 posts, Busy bee @ 1:37 pm

    LOVE Pimm’s! I am British by birth too (though I identify myself as Canadian) and my mom has always loved Pimm’s, it’s her beverage of choice. So I’ve enjoyed it ever since I was drinking age with her.

    We are also doing a signature drink, and I wish I could do Pimm’s as I think it’s a stroke of genius, but we really want something in our wedding colours to tie in the theme.

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    eggplant 304 posts, Helper bee @ 1:39 pm

    i’m doing signature drinks only, as a way to keep the open bar tab down. :-) yours sounds delish!

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    Sarahdoo, Guest @ 2:01 pm

    i think we may have a champagne bar.

    ie serve a nice dry champagne and then have things people can add to make it into a cocktail.

    ie (peach puree + peach liquor) + champagne = bellini

    altho my main concern is how to set it up so that it’s self serve. im thinking making the additions into a mixer (puree + liquor) and having a way to get the right amount into a champagne glass.

    thats my biggest problem. how do i do that so that it’s not 1. a sticky mess 2. too hard to serve yourself and 3. weird

    maybe i should post this on here as a question, hah since thats what it’s turned out to be.

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    BA, Guest @ 2:06 pm

    Miss Peppermint our signature drink is also Pimms! We’ve lived here in England for 3 years and we couldn’t imagine a summer garden party (ie. our wedding) without Pimms! Great choice!!

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    sally, Guest @ 2:41 pm

    Champagne and lots of it.

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    Ellen, Guest @ 3:57 pm

    GAH! I’m doing Pimms too! How funny is that? My mom’s family is English and I’m a dual citizen — so it’s a way of honoring my English heritage ;o) Excellent choice!! Cheers!

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    princesskittyHI, Guest @ 4:31 pm

    I’ve never tried Pimm’s — what does it taste like?

    We did a selected martini menu, and explained that 2 of the choices were the drinks we were well known for always ordering. We opted for the limited menu to keep the bar tab managable, plus we were providing everything (through a liquor wholesaler), so we only wanted to buy vodka, not a full bar inventory.

    We did have a signature champagne cocktail created for us by a mixologist, but it was going to cause too much trouble to serve to all the wedding guests (plus, champagne for all was not in our budget). We would’ve needed to make vats of pineapple/rosemary puree in advance, so we decided to just make enough for the rehearsal dinner instead.

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    L-bug, Guest @ 4:51 pm

    Pimms is FANTASTIC! I studied abroad in London a summer and a prof told me that I needed to experience it… My mom actually buys me Pimms whenever she goes through international duty free… Hilarious since she’s a staunch teetotaler…

    And I think a signature drink can be a great and personal touch to a wedding!

    Bottoms up :)

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    aoedorothee, Guest @ 7:37 pm

    we’re doing one but it’s because i totally fell in love with the blue curacao + champagne combo. my colors are aqua and red, so we’re adding a raspberry for that red accent.

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