Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday Trends - Signature Drinks

This week we are talking about a trend that is not only totally customizable but can also cut some of those wedding costs, and who doesn’t love that?

Signature drinks are a super fun and easy way to give a little personal touch to your bar package without breaking the bank. All you have to do is find or create a drink recipe that you love and let your bartending service know how to make it. You can do one combined drink or you can do one for the bride and one for the groom if you can’t decide on just one. There are so many different ideas out there, so the possibilities for these are virtually endless. You can pick a drink that is your personal favorite or you can go searching for one that fits your theme/colors.

Now let’s back to that cutting costs thing…adding a signature cocktail is a great way to cut out buying all the extra alcohol and juices for mixed drinks. What you can do is buy the beer and wine package that most services will offer and then just buy a couple bottles of whatever you need for your drink of choice. This way people that don’t like beer or wine still have the option of an alternative alcoholic beverage and the people who may not care for your cocktail can have beer or wine. If you aren’t serving alcohol at your wedding, that’s totally fine too, signature drinks can be pretty much anything, just add a cute name and boom you're done.

Here are a few popular signature drink recipes in case you need some ideas;

Berry Happy Together Sangria Recipe
1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc or dry white wine
3/4 cup St. Germain
2 fresh peaches
5-6 fresh strawberries
6 fresh raspberries
1 small bunch of fresh white grapes
Stir ingredients in a pitcher or carafe. Allow fruit to soak in mixture for 15 minutes– or longer if desired. Serve in an ice-filled glass. Garnish with micro marigolds.

The Blushing Bride Champagne Cocktail Recipe
2 oz passion-fruit nectar
3 oz Champagne
1/2 teaspoon grenadine
Handful of huckleberries
Pour chilled passion-fruit nectar in a flute. Carefully add chilled Champagne and grenadine; don't stir, but allow to blend. Top with huckleberry garnish.

Honey, I Do Honeydew Martini Recipe
3 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce Midori
1/2 ounce triple sec
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with crushed ice. Pour all your ingredients in with it. Shake it up well and strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lime.

Something Blue Blue Curacao Cocktail Recipe
30ml vodka
15ml blue curacao
Fill a highball glass with ice, add the vodka and blue curacao and top up with lemonade, stir and serve.

Cranberry Cutie (Non-alcoholic)
3 ounces Sierra Mist Natural
3 ounces Cranberry Juice
Juice from 1 cutie/clementine orange
1 ounce lime juice
Clementine slice and sugar for garnish
In a shaker filled with ice, mix cranberry juice, cutie juice, and lime juice. Add Sierra Mist Natural and stir. Strain into two martini glasses with edges that have been dipped in sugar (optional). Garnish with a cutie slice.

Italian Soda (Non-alcoholic)
Blueberry or strawberry syrup
Club soda
Half and half
Fill a glass with ice. Pour 1/4 part syrup over the ice. Add in one part club soda. Pour in a dash of half and half and stir.

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