Expert Question: How Do You Choose A Signature Drink For Your Wedding?

I don’t know how many weddings you have been to in the past couple of years, but one of the new details many couples have at their reception is a ‘signature drink’. These are so fun. The drink can be for the couple to come up with together or for the bride and groom to choose on their own. I asked our expert bartender, Ian Miller, about creating a signature drink for your reception.

How do you choose a signature drink for your wedding?
Choosing a signature drink can be a very fun and involved activity.  There are a few things to be conscientious of when deciding for yourselves.  A signature drink can be anything from your favorite beer, wine or cocktail to a custom creation done specifically for your big day.  The drink should say something about you as a couple or about the bride and groom individually.  After this the possibilities really become limitless.  A signature drink really can add a level of creativity to the wedding and be a great way to express yourselves to your guests.

If you decide to go the way of a custom cocktail and don’t know the first thing about cocktails, here are some thoughts to consider.  What sort of base alcohol do you as a couple really enjoy i.e. whisky, gin, vodka, or rum?  Do you prefer something sweet, tart, strong or bitter? What is a flavor that you really enjoy? What will you be serving for dinner? Once you have answered these few questions a couple of quick Google searches can give you some awesome ideas as a good starting point. This job can be done by the couple together or each individually to have a bride’s drink and a groom’s drink.

A fun way to separate your own drink from others can be as easy as changing up the garnish to something you hold dear to yourself.  Don’t be afraid to get really creative with this as most garnishes can be done ahead of time.  A good friend of mine particularly enjoys Peeps, those yellow chick marshmallows you can get around Easter.  If I were creating a cocktail for her, the vibrant color and sentimental memory associated with a Peep would make an excellent garnish.  Garnishes are most often edible but that does not always need to be the case.  If it is not in the drink itself and just ornamenting the glass then anything goes.

It is important to remember to stay in contact with the venue or the company you have that will be providing the bartenders for your event.  You need to ensure you have a cocktail that can be produced quickly and efficiently in proportion to the number of guests that will be celebrating your day.  Most of all, you have to be happy with the drink and should make time to sneak away from the guests to enjoy a cocktail.




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