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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  1. Member
    Gilneas 1393 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:25 am

    I love the Chilean twist you’re thinking of putting on your signature drink!

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    slicey19 3500 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:29 am

    How many trips to the US to you and he have planned before the wedding? Would it be possible to each bring a few bottles each time and save up until you have enough? I’m dealing with the same issue since we live in the wine street of Germany, we want to bring local wine for the reception but don’t know how we will get enough and are considering this as a possible option.

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    Lozza, Guest @ 11:29 am

    Oooh, I love Pisco Sours! My husband’s former roommate is Chilean, and we used to drink them all the time- I think having them at your wedding would be so cool!
    He found that it’s getting easier and easier to find Pisco at local liquor stores these days, so you may yet be able to find some good deals!

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:31 am

    those drinks sound so exotic! and iced tea and strawberry lemonade are yummy classics!

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    spaniel 6778 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 11:44 am

    Yeah, I have never seen chermoyas anywhere here except at farmers’ markets… and they are crazy expensive there! But I have seen Pisco at Costco, which might be cheaper than Bevmo. Maybe you can get Mr. Poodle’s family to start picking up some bottles in preparation? Or can you ship bottles of it from Chile (I imagine not…)?

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:01 pm

    Isn’t pisco in some mojitos?

    We’re super excited abour our siggy drinks! Can’t wait to update the hive on them. :-)

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    Joy, Guest @ 12:08 pm

    I guess you can’t just ship them via DHL?

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    duckling 1415 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:10 pm

    mmmm I want one…

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    Vic004, Guest @ 12:16 pm

    I was just watching the travel channel and they tasted this fruit in Australia, literally like 1 hour ago! They said it is a mix of apple and melon or something. It does sound wonderful. I love the tea and lemonade idea too.

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    ladybuglove 740 posts, Busy bee @ 12:27 pm

    those drinks sound so yummy! if they do have pisco at costco, you should probably have mr. P and his family stock up. costco has GREAT prices on things, but they don’t always carry the same things all the time. and yummy to pink lemonade and iced tea!!
    vodka is going to be one of our major liquors because of the mr. i love all of the ideas i can stir up from it with regards to using it as an element of our wedding, and not just as a liquor in itself.

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    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:31 pm

    Love all of those luscious lemon pictures!! Mmm. Our at home reception had 3 signature drinks – fresh raspberry lemonade, vodka lemonade & Rum Punch – yum!

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    evelinej 370 posts, Helper bee @ 12:42 pm

    It would definitely go with your wedding theme. My family brings pisco every time they travel to Peru……it’s always a hit with the family.

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:51 pm

    i’ve heard of pisco sours but never had a chance to try them. sounds like a great add!

    i’m eyeing doing an italian soda bar. love those things! and possibly a lemonade and ice tea options…so i can have me an arnold palmer. yum

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    Bellini 713 posts, Busy bee @ 12:54 pm

    i also love herbs in weddings! your post is making me wish for happy hour…a delicious chilean cocktail sounds amazing right now.

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    sarsk624 361 posts, Helper bee @ 1:00 pm

    All of these drinks sound awesome. I hope you can find a way to make the Chilean angle work because I think it would be very special. Do you know what lemonade and iced tea recipes you’ll be using? I’m in search of some virgin choices to serve at the church after our ceremony to help alleviate our gap.

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    photoist 84 posts, Worker bee @ 1:40 pm

    Ooh lots of eye candy in this post! Love it! And to echo Gilneas, I love the Chilean twist- very fun way to make it personal.

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    Mrs. Mouse 5761 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:10 pm

    Pisco would be a great way to bring some Chilean flavor into your wedding. I hope it works out for you! Those drinks look delicious.

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    BeachyBride2010 350 posts, Helper bee @ 2:16 pm

    Love the idea of signature drinks… we are working out the “formulations” now… going to have two or three to coordinate with colors we think… so hard to decide! The “Chilean” connection is wonderful.

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:20 pm

    @Gilneas: We are crossing fingers to actually get enough Pisco hehe

    @slicey19: I’m actually only making one :( but I’m thinking on asking my family to carry bottles with them when they travel to the wedding – One time I heard on the board a girl that had a pilot friend so she got all her liquor by plane and FREE! – I want one of those friends lol

    @marigold: Ohh!! I’ll tell him TODAY to go look at Cosco and see if he can find pisco! Thank you so much!! :)

    @Miss Bruschetta: Mojitos are made with white rom :) I love them too!!

    @Joy: I look at the Chilean web page and they don’t let ship glass bottles :(

    @Vic004: Oh!! I’m crazy over Chirimoyas, you can serve them on lil pieces mixed with orange juice! ohh so yummy!

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:24 pm

    @ladybuglove: Yeah I’m calling him right NOW! hehe I really like vodka!

    @evelinej: If we could only teletransport the bottles :)

    @sarsk624: I still haven research for recipes yet, let me know if you find something yummu 😉

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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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