Signature cocktails have become such a hot-ticket item for wedding receptions and other cocktail hour events that it has actually opened up an entirely new occupation: Cocktail designers. Once reserved for the extremely well-to-do, signature cocktails have been on the rise for several years and are skyrocketing to the top of the ‘must-have’ list for brides and grooms to be. According to the wedding channel, a ‘signature cocktail’ is “a custom designed drink (usually contains alcohol, but doesn’t have to) served at cocktail hours and wedding receptions.” How do you decide on the drink? Here are some hints and tips to make finding your signature cocktail easier.
Bride AND Groom need to work on this with either your caterer or bartender at your venue to create one together, although some couples insist on one for each of them.
Choose one based on what kind of drinks you like. Although there are a finite number of combinations, you can always add a unique garnish. If you love Hypnotique or Vodka or Limoncello, those should be the first ingredients you consider.
Choose a drink based on color if you want the drink to match your wedding theme. It may not be an exact match but if it is close enough it will make a huge impact. Imagine rows of martini glasses filled with blue cocktails in a sea of blue flowers and bridesmaids gowns.
Make sure the ingredients are in season and readily available, especially if they are hard to find. Technically you don’t have to select the drink based on season but, a pink-lemonade based drink will fare better in the summer months, just as an apple cider flavored drink is more suited for fall.
The best thing you can do is name it after yourself or something fun your guests will enjoy. Adding “-tini” or “-rita” is always fun especially if it illiterates nicely but, it must have the key ingredients of the base drink to be called that. Now that I think of it, ” Penny-tini” has a really nice ring to it!
Share the details with everyone; adding the recipe to your wedding website, announcing it on place-cards and spreading the word in other ways always make a great conversation starter.
Any way you serve it, the signature cocktail has made it’s place at weddings and is hotter than ever before.
-Penny Frulla for Bridal Expo Chicago