If Life Gives You Lemons, You’ve Got Your Signature Drink!

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I’ve always loved lemonade, but it wasn’t until my first trip to the USA that I first tried strawberry lemonade. I thought it was awesome, so I drank it nonstop on every trip, and now I just can’t get enough. So when I first saw all these pictures, I fell in love with the idea. Mr. Poodle is a huge fan of iced tea, so it would be cool to have that, too.

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I think all of these pictures are so inspiring. Plus, I have a thing for fruits, lemons, and herbs in weddings. Here’s more inspiration:

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When it comes to the drink ideas, there’s one that I’ve had from the beginning but I don’t know if we can make it happen. I’ve always wanted to add some CHILEAN flavor to the wedding, and this could be a great way.

Here in Chile we have hard liquor made of grapes called “Pisco” (Nope, it’s not wine! It’s totally different), and a part of Mr. Poodle’s family has tried it already—and loved it—so every chance we get, we carry bottles to them in our luggage.

Like any other hard liquor, you can drink it with soda, as shots, or make fancy cute drinks with it. The most famous one here is called a “Pisco Sour”. It’s like a margarita, just because it has limes in it. Here’s the recipe and some pictures, just in case you’d like to try it:

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Traditional Pisco Sour – 1 serving

  • 1/3 cup Pisco
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Sweet lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/3 Egg white

For best results, sugar the rim of the glass, and use a shaker w/ice. Pour, and strap yourself in.

A couple of bottles is enough when it comes to a family tasting, but when we talk about having it at our wedding, it’s obviously not enough. So, I know they have it at BevMo! because we bought a bottle there once. But, it’s not my favorite brand, and it’s like 4 times more expensive! Wow!


This one is not “the best”, but it’s available. It is usually out of stock, though.


This is one of the most popular brands of Pisco here. It’s not the best kind, but it could work. It’s available to buy online, and each bottle is $15.99.

There’s another cocktail made of Pisco that Mr. Poodle and I totally love!! This is the “Chirimoya Colada”. It has the same basics as the previous drink, but instead of limes, it’s made with “chirimoyas”. Here are some pictures, so you can get an idea of what I’m talking about:

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Here you can find a really cool article about this great fruit: What’s Chirimoya? Perhaps the greatest fruit on the planet.

Here’s the cocktail already mixed. Let me tell you, the end result is AMAZING! Even if you don’t like the taste of the fruit, you’re going to at least like the drink! On his last trip, Mr. Poodle went home with 3 bottles of Pisco and Chirimoya Colada in each suitcase.

Now the problem is that in the US, this fruit is not so common and really expensive, and I haven’t found any place where they sell the bottled cocktail online . I’m so bummed, because I know this could be a great hit.

What’s your signature drink? What kind of beverages are you going to offer?


Mrs. Poodle

Santiago, Chile/San Bernardino, CA
Wedding Date:
January 2010

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    labrador 1823 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:57 pm

    Haha, love the Pisco ad! All of these drinks look so yummy!

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    joyita, Guest @ 9:27 pm

    why there is a mexican next to the pisco? its because pisco is stronger than tequila? lol

    check the best peruvian pico here:


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    gibbysgirl21 134 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:12 am

    We are doing a his and hers cocktail hour signature drink- mine will be a vodka/strawberry lemonade mix! He is deciding on a whiskey combination, probably Pendleton and Cherry?

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    mschampagne 1337 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:12 am

    mmm… I want one!!

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    MissKiss 18 posts, Newbee @ 11:28 am

    ah! I love that you’re incorporating some chilean flavor! my hubby to be is Irish and I am of Mexican descent so for our drinks we are having Guinness and Corona for our beers and our signature drink will be the ever so popular Margarita!

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:18 pm

    @joyita: Thank you so much for that link! Have you order from them?

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:19 pm

    @MissKiss: Hey those combination sound amazing! I looove margaritas :)

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    Crash 377 posts, Helper bee @ 3:04 pm

    Pisco is sooo good. So excited about this Costco information.

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    kmattso2 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:54 pm

    I really like the jars above with the lemonade and teas in them. I’m thinking about having 4 signature drinks… the “something old, new, borrowed, and blue”… I just have to figure out what they’re going to be and if my venue can pull it off.

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:07 pm

    Oooh random thought here – you like lemonade, he likes iced tea…you could ALSO have an Arnold Palmer – it is half iced tea and half lemonade – the perfect match!!!!

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:11 pm

    @KatieBug3017: I had no idea there was something like Arnold Palmer – even tho I think Mr. Poodle does know, THANK you so much for that idea!! Love it I really want that one now

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:18 pm

    Yayy! Glad I could inspire something! I had no idea what an Arnold Palmer was until I started working at a golf course (Arnold Palmer is a famous golfer…I also learned that…haha!)…and all the guys would order them. You can make them by hand, and they actually do sell them in cans/jugs pre-made as well!

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    Seating Card Inspiration » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 9:18 am

    [...] That way we could share with them a traditional liquor from Chile. But since we want to offer the Pisco Sour at the reception, giving them more Pisco might be too much. I love the idea of mixing the favor [...]

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    September 18th Meets the 4th of July for Our Rehearsal Dinner? » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 12:21 pm

    [...] here are some drinks we could serve, besides the Pisco Sour we both love so [...]

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    The Peruvian Cook, Guest @ 5:34 pm

    Interestingly enough, Pisco is the national drink for Peru, which also happens to be sort of the unofficial capital of limes. While your at it, try their national dish, called ceviche, which is fish cooked in lemon juice. And now, you will have a totally peruvian wedding!

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    georgi, Guest @ 6:18 pm

    Chirimoya colada has to be one of the best drinks mixes EVER! that is my very biased opinion. Just came back from Chile, where I enjoyed a drink or two…..Wish we could find some of it here in the States, and that it would not cost an arm and a leg…..

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