Stories from the Hive: Signature Cocktails

Two cocktails with strawberry garnishes

It can be fun (and tasty!) to create a signature cocktail for your wedding reception. Guests love the special touch and it can be great opportunity to let your personalities shine as a couple. We asked the Weddingbee community to share their chosen signature wedding drinks, and here are our staff picks!

1. Sweet and Tart

Ours is a Key Lime Martini. Not only is this a wonderful tasting drink, but add to that that the rim of the glass is dipped in crushed sugar graham crackers…YUMMO!!

We both love the combination of tart and sweet, so this drink was perfection for us!

In keeping with our taste preferences, we opted out of the traditional wedding cake to have a plated desert of a combination traditional cannoli (my fiancé is full blooded Italian!) paired with lemon cheese cake topped with fresh berries.

2. A Clever Combination

The cocktails we chose at our wedding were all favorites:

Sidecar (brandy, triple sec, lemon juice)

Gimlet (lime cordial and gin)

Caesar (gin or vodka, Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and tobacco sauce with a celery salt rim)

This let us add a couple of drinks using the same ingredients: Tom Collins (club soda, gin, simple syrup and lemon) and French 75 (champagne, gin, simple syrup and lemon).

3. Cute Kitty

We named our cocktail after our cat, Jimmer. We called it the Jimmer Tonic. It was a spin on a gin and tonic with a splash of cranberry juice. The bartender garnished each drink with a straw that had a cut out of the cat on it.

A photo of a wedding signature cocktail's bar sign

4. Fantasy Inspiration

We are having three signature cocktails. Our wedding has an understated fantasy literature theme, so we chose the following cocktails.

  1. Mother of Dragons (sparkling pink moscato with dragon fruit)inspired by A Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones)
  2. The Shapeshifter (basically an old fashioned)inspired by Lord of the Rings
  3. Butterbeer (cream soda with butterscotch syrup)inspired by Harry Potter

5. High-End Jello Shots

I am have two signature cocktails and two signature jello shots.

Royal Wedding Cake – Inspired by Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake (lemon and elderflower). Their wedding will be two weeks before ours.

  • 1 part Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
  • 3 parts Lemon Club Soda
  • Splash of Elderflower Liqueur (we are using a St. Germaine knockoff)
  • Mint Bitters
  • Garnish with mint and lemon

Austin Sunset (because my fiancé proposed to be in Austin at sunset)

  • 2 parts Deep Eddy Grapefruit
  • 2 parts Grapefruit Club Soda
  • Mint Bitters
  • Garnish with lime and Mint

The above cocktails have been tested by friends and family the past two months.

Then we are going to do two high-end jello shots. I am still working on the recipe, but we are doing jello shot versions of an Amaretto Sour and Arnold Palmer. We met in college, and we both always had jello shots at our parties. Now as adults, we still have them out for every party, and we bring them with us to gatherings. It’s our usual signature, but we’re classing them up a bit. We’re using compostable cups with lids, and they can be made up to a month in advance. Any leftover we’re bringing with us to a joint family trip in the Adirondacks.

We’re going to have non-alcoholic jello cups for the kids and adults who want to feel like kids.

6. Getting Creative

We had two: a bride’s cocktail and a groom’s cocktail. The groom’s cocktail was just a Dark and Stormy, but I got creative for mine!

  • vodka
  • lemonade
  • ginger beer
  • fresh stalk of rosemary

Our photographer didn’t take a proper photo of them but here’s a little crop of our guests holding them!

Wedding guests holding a signature cocktail

7. Gamer Drinks

Darling husband and I met playing Minecraft, so our signature drinks were the Dirt Block and the Enderman, two elements of the game. They were both really good and it was one of the few ways we subtly incorporated the game into the wedding.

8. Making an Impression

We each had a signature cocktail. It was one of the first wedding decisions we made, haha!

Mine was a French 75, which is a cocktail my husband introduced me to. He became the de facto bartender at the first party he came to at my house after we started dating, and he says it’s how he won over all my friends. It’s now our go-to for holidays in my family.

His signature drink was the Manhattan, which is his favorite cocktail. We also had a variety of wines and beer, and so much Cava that my parents are still working their way through the case that was left over. My one requirement about the bar was that we not run out of sparkling wine!

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