I love the idea of signature drink at a wedding. It’s an opportunity to reflect your unique style as a couple, and it encourages conversation among your guests. It is also a money saver. In addition to a beer and wine bar, an open liquor bar can be one of the priciest items at your event. But a signature drink is an opportunity to offer an alternative to wine while still keeping your costs in check.
When I set out to write this piece about finding a signature drink, the only responsible thing to do was to experiment, so I could make appropriate suggestions. Well, let me rephrase that: I wanted to have some fun drinking with my friends, and this was the perfect excuse! Much better. Now that the truth is on the table – along with the lemons and limes cut up for the drinks – let’s get started. I picked drinks that I could rank according to taste and ease of creation. But don’t take my word for it! This is also your opportunity to enjoy a casual Sunday afternoon experimenting with signature cocktails. Don’t give up until you find the perfect drink for your wedding!
Our first words were WOW. This drink was refreshing and fun, and another round was ordered by everyone.
PROS: Bright color, delicious
CONS: Rather complicated to make. You would need to hire a bartender (or a very skilled cousin) to run the drink table. This drink cannot be made beforehand, because the soda water would go flat quickly. Another option would be to mix everything together except for the soda water, and it could be added when each drink is poured. It also was not very strong. We suggest to double the rum.
Ease of Creation: Difficult
1 part Mango Rum
1 part pineapple juice
1 part soda water
dash of Blue Curacao
sugar for rim
Dark & Stormy
We compared this drink to an Old Fashioned. It was very easy to make, and the color was beautiful. It had a very clear and clean look – elegant almost. But it was so strong, that I think hair started to grow out of my ears. One drink was passed around, sips were taken, faces were made. Not our style, but it might be yours!
Pros: Easy to make, beautiful color
Cons: Not everyone is going to love this.
Ease of Creation: Easy
Taste: Yuk. (That’s an official tasting term.)
1 part ginger beer
1 part dark rum
Good Morning Grapefruit
This Mimosa alternative was by far one of our favorites. The glass you see on the left was made with store-bought grapefruit juice. The glass on the right was made with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. It is by far worth the extra time to squeeze your own juice. Not only was the color so much prettier, but the taste was lighter and sweeter. The store-bought juice was too tangy, and it overpowered the drink. This drink would be so easy for a friend to pour, or it could be served as an alternative to a champagne toast. We could see ourselves at a garden wedding holding this drink, toasting the happy couple.
Pros: Fresh taste, described as the perfect brunch wedding drink.
Cons: Champagne would have to be kept on ice, it would require storage space.
Ease of Creation: Medium (Due to the fresh squeezed juice.)
1 part champagne (I used pink champagne, because if it’s good enough for Deborah Kerr, then it’s good enough for me.)
1 part grapefruit juice
Once the official tasting was over, then we starting playing around with drink options. This what I hope happens with you, because it is how we created our favorite drink of the night. It’s our version of a Greyhound but much more tropical and fun! We mixed some of the left over freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. (Really fresh, like we stole them from the neighbor’s trees.) Vodka along with a splash of the Mango Rum made it everyone’s favorite. The sage made us feel like we were drinking in a garden. And because I know some of you will ask… the saying on the cup below is “Work like a captain, play like a pirate.” Good motto to live by.
Pros: Everyone will love this.
Cons: Sage can be expensive.
Ease of Creation: Medium. But it could be made ahead of time and poured by Cousin Nathan who said he wanted to help out at your wedding.
Taste: By far, the best.
1 part grapefruit juice
1 shot vodka
slash of Mango Rum