Bar Menus and Signature Cocktails

From the beginning, I’ve thought about making signature cocktails for our wedding. This is a pretty trendy thing right now, but for good reason: it’s fun and it saves money, because you can serve hard alcohol, but you don’t have to have an entire open bar.

I was first inspired by bar menus I found various knot bios. They all seemed to be variants of the same thing: “Something Old” (gin and tonic), “Something New” (crantini), “Something Borrowed” (something from the couple’s past), “Something Blue” (Electric Lemonade). I knew I wanted to do something different, so Mr. Cream Puff and I had a brainstorming session. We toyed around with giving them a San Francisco theme (“San Francisco Bay Breeze”), but in the end decided to name all of the drinks after our pets, who aren’t included in the wedding in any other way. Here is my completed bar menu, which is being printed as we speak through Vista Print as oversized postcards:

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I am super excited about these. My parents both think they are cheesy and cutesy, but I totally don’t care, and neither does Mr. Cream Puff. We think they’re cute. So what if we’re a little bit obsessed with our kids? We can’t help it: they are wonderful.

As for how we decided on our signature cocktails? The three cocktails are the Lemon Drop, the Vodka Martini and the Appletini. Originally I wanted very brightly colored signature cocktails, to go with our colorful wedding. Then we started thinking about the cost of brightly colored drinks (which usually have added liqueurs to create the color) and decided to go a different direction. All three of these cocktails have a vodka base and very few added ingredients. This minimizes the amount of alcohol we have to buy and simplifies what the bartender has to do. If you’re searching for cocktail recipes, check out Web Tender and Cocktail Times. These websites both allow you to search by type of alcohol.

So we had three cocktails and five pets. What to do? Well, we knew we’d be serving Fat Tire, and somehow connecting that to Yorkey’s 20lb cat was a no-brainer. All that was left was little Elvis Purrsley. We thought about adding an alcoholic drink named for Elvis Presley, but then I realized it would be cuter to give him a kids’ drink. Thus, the Roy Rogers (which is basically the boy version of the Shirley Temple).

For those of you who don’t have pets or agree with my parents on this one, here are a couple of different menus I’ve found in various places:

This one (this is my favorite design), from knottie h.lo:

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Here’s one from knottie k-haus:

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And this one, from knottie pixelvixen:

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Mrs. Cream Puff

Location:
San Francisco Bay Area
Wedding Date:
August, 2008
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  1. Guest
    12k Wedding Blog » Blog Archive » The Art of the Signature Cocktail, Guest @ 7:49 am

    [...] of the brides at Weddingbee has decided to have 5 signature cocktails, all named after the couple’s pets. Source: [...]

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    Jen, Guest @ 8:35 am

    I am so in love with this! I want to find a way to put my Fat Boogas into the weddng. We though about using a photo of her with scrabble tiles spelling thank you ( a la stuffonmycat.com) as a thank you note in our Oot gifts.

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    Mrs. French Bulldog 7726 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 12:19 pm

    LOVE IT!
    This is a great idea :) and you get to serve drinks that you like too.

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    katya, Guest @ 9:02 pm

    That menu of yours is seriously adorable!!! I love that you included them and DREW them. You are wickedly talented. LOVE it!!!

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    Mrs. Pineapple 682 posts, Busy bee @ 9:44 am

    I love this idea! Mr. P and I have been trying to find a way to acknowledge our katties (combo name for kids and cats) too.

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    Mrs. Cream Puff 227 posts, Helper bee @ 2:27 am

    THANKS, everybody!!! You guys are awesome.

    @ Momma Puff– I love you. You crack me up.

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    Anne, Guest @ 6:10 pm

    Hhmm… I am iffy on this one. Do you want your guests thinking of cat hair while drinking cocktails at your wedding? We only love our pets as we love our children. Others might not see it. Your design is really cute, though.

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    angel kitten, Guest @ 12:22 pm

    hey all i need help…i need to knw if there is a specific meaning to the jewish 21st wedding annaversary??? i need answers asap pleeese

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