A Cocktail for Every Season – 16 Signature Wedding Cocktails

Couple Wedding CocktailsYour wedding is your time to share your love with your friends and family, bringing in your individual style as a couple by way of colors, dresses, flowers, and venues. Each element is special and unique to the life you’ve built together thus far—as well as the many incredible memories yet to come.

Of course, one of the best parts about any wedding is the party that happens after the nuptials. As you taste cake samples and decide if you’re going to have a seated dinner or a buffet, don’t overlook cocktail hour. If you truly want to build a personalized wedding from beginning to end, consider incorporating one of these signature wedding cocktails into the mix.

Spring Wedding Signature Cocktails

Spring Wedding Signature Cocktails

As the world starts to awaken from its winter slumber, bring fresh flavors into your wedding that resonate with new blooms and bright colors.

1. Matrimonial Mangotini

Mangos are succulent fruits that stand alone in any flavor competition. When you pair them with your favorite vodka and add a complimentary part of pineapple to the mix, you come out with a martini that will make anyone’s mouth water.

  • 2 parts of your favorite vodka
  • ½ part mango puree
  • ½ part pineapple juice
  • Splash of sour mix

Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a skewer of pineapple and mango pieces and a berry of your choice.

2. Blushing Bride

Blushing BrideSpring brides tend to delight in soft textures and pale colors that reflect Mother Nature’s blooms as life comes out of hibernation.

This cocktail is a dainty nod to brides, bridesmaids, and mothers everywhere. It’s basically a mimosa—marriage style!

  • 2 oz peach schnapps
  • 3 oz champagne
  • ½ teaspoon grenadine

Pour the chilled peach schnapps into a flute glass. Carefully add the champagne, followed by the grenadine. No need to stir. This cocktail will combine flavors on its own. To garnish, add a handful of the bride’s favorite berries, or let a sprig of lavender rise from the cocktail.

3. Something Blue Mojito

Something Blue MojitoYou don’t have to wear something blue on your wedding day to complete the tradition; instead, you can opt for this azure-inspired drink that will give your guests a little kick in their steps when they hit the dancefloor. Since this drink includes champagne, consider using it for the big toast at your reception!

  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • Sugar (1 tablespoon for a tart flavor, an extra teaspoon or so if you like it sweet)
  • 2 ½ tablespoons of fresh lime
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 2 ounces of chilled champagne

Muddle the blueberries, mint leaves, sugar, and lime until the berries have released their juices (but don’t muddle them so much that they become mush). Fill a glass with ice, then top it with the muddle mix and rum. Stir. Top with chilled champagne. To garnish, place a skewer filled with blueberries into the glass, and let a mint leave float atop the cocktail.

4. Pretty in Pink Strawberry Lemonade

Pink Strawberry LemonadeWith strawberries in season and the color pink reflecting in Mother Nature’s blossoming petals, this adult-only strawberry lemonade makes the perfect addition to a spring wedding.

  • 2 oz of your favorite vodka
  • 2 oz strawberry simple syrup
  • 5 oz. lemonade
  • Fresh strawberries slices

Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a glass. Garnish this cocktail with a fresh strawberry and a lemon wedge.

Summer Wedding Signature Cocktails

Summer Wedding Signature Cocktails

Summer weddings are the perfect time to impart all the fresh, fruity flavors abound into signature cocktails that are not only refreshing—they’ll be reminiscent of your summer “I dos” on each anniversary that comes after your special day.

5. Coco-Nuts-About-Us Margarita

Coco-Nuts-About-Us MargaritaCoconut immediately takes people to places where island breezes blow, and local townsfolk are eager to tell you stories about this, that, and the other. It’s all about lazy summer days, unwinding on a remote beach somewhere as the waves crash gently upon the shoreline.

This margarita is intended to take all of your guests on an island adventure from the moment they take their first sip. They’re thicker than the average margarita, giving way to a bit of a mix between a margarita and a pina colada. Let’s be honest, that’s an awesome marriage all by itself!

  • 1 (15-oz can) cream of coconut
  • 1 cup tequila
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup Triple Sec

Combine cream of coconut, tequila, Triple Sec, and lime juice in a blender with ice and a heaping tablespoon of the toasted coconut in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Pour the margarita mixture into a glass of your choice and garnish with a lime wedge.

6. Match Made in Watermelon Matrimony

Watermelon MatrimonySummer is all about fresh fruits, incredible flavors, and vibrant textures. Watermelons signify all of these things, so why wouldn’t you want it at your summer wedding?

For a 12-person recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients (modify the amount for your wedding based on the number of guests you anticipate will enjoy your signature summer wedding cocktail):

  • 1 Seedless watermelon (about 8 pounds)
  • 3 cups of your favorite vodka
  • ¾ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups club soda

Scoop out the flesh of the watermelon. Place the watermelon in a blender (in batches) until it’s smooth. Strain your fresh puree through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids.

Place the puree and all remaining ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well. For guests who want a sugary finish, coat the rim of each martini, margarita, or flute glass or with green sugar, and carefully pour the pink drink into the watermelon-ready receptacle. Garnish with heart-shaped watermelon slices.

7. Happily Ever Afternoon Tea

Happily Ever Afternoon TeaNot every princess has to deal with the clock, worrying about carriages turning into pumpkins at midnight. This is your special day, and the life you have before you is going to be a fairytale journey that began when you met your special someone.

This drink is a fun play on the enchanting surprise adult sweet tea will bring when the summer sun starts to set in the distance.

  • 1 ½ parts Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka
  • 1 part honey liqueur
  • 1 part Mandarin orange tea
  • ¾ parts fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well, strain, and pour into a highball or pint glass. For a garnish, place a curly lemon peel or a slice of lemon atop the glass. Alternatively, consider using mason jars and using a paper straw with your wedding colors.

8. Berry Wedded Bliss Gin Cocktail

Berry Wedded Bliss Gin CocktailBlackberries and raspberries are in peak season in the summer, making them a great base for a berry-good warm weather cocktail.

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 5 oz. sparkling water
  • 2 oz. raspberry simple syrup

Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice and pour into a highball glass. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Fall Wedding Signature Cocktails

Fall Wedding Signature Cocktails

Changing colors and cooler temperatures provide a foundation for incredible cocktails when fall rolls around. Warm spices and seasonal ingredients enable these signature wedding drinks to bring a Plus One to every party they attend.

9. I Love My Pumpkin

I Love My PumpkinYou see pumpkin-flavored food and drinks everywhere when fall hits; it only makes sense to incorporate it into your autumn wedding.

  • 4 oz. Pumpkin-flavored vodka
  • 2 oz. Kahlua
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 oz. heavy cream
  • Simple syrup
  • Crushed graham crackers
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish

Dip the top of a martini glass into simple syrup and then into crushed graham crackers. Mix the vodka, Kahlua, heavy cream, and pumpkin pie spice into a shaker with ice and shake well. Pour mixture into rimmed glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

10. Apple of My Eye Moscow Mule

Apple of My Eye Moscow MuleMoscow Mules are great in any season, but—depending on the ingredients you use—they may lend themselves more toward fall flavors than summer. This mule is awesome for autumn because it includes the warm, toasty flavors of apple cider with ingredients that are specifically made for adult celebrations.

  • 4 oz. apple cider
  • 4 oz. apple pie or caramel vodka
  • 1 bottle ginger beer
  • Fresh apple slices
  • Star anise seeds
  • Cinnamon sticks

Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice and mix well. Pour each concoction into a copper Moscow Mule mug for the full experience; alternatively, you can use any lovely mug that will showcase these beautiful ingredients. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and an apple slice with a star anise pressed into the center.

11. Have the Thyme of Your Life

Have the Thyme of Your LifeA little bit of fizz and a lot of love can go a long way with this pear-inspired cocktail. Fruits aren’t just for summer, after all, and this lightweight elixir pays honest homage to its fruity foundations. A sprig of thyme adds an earthy flavor that can’t be beat.

A serving of six can be created from the following ingredients:

  • 1 bottle chilled champagne
  • ¼ cup pear liquer or pear flavored syrup
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1 ripe, firm pear
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme

This signature cocktail should be made in advance of the reception. Combine the apple juice, pears, thyme, and pear liqueur in a pitcher, stir well, and allow it to steep for two to four hours in the refrigerator.

When ready, pour the cocktails into your glass of choice, and top with champagne. Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh thyme or place a fresh-sliced piece of pear directly into the glass.

12. When Caramel Meets Apple Martini

Caramel Meets Apple MartiniLet’s be honest – is there really anything that says autumn more than apples? Combine this favorite fall fruit with a caramel accent, and you’ve got a wedding cocktail that will make plenty of memories.

  • 1 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
  • ½ Oz. apple schnapps
  • ½ oz. butterscotch schnapps
  • 2 oz. half-and-half cream

All ingredients get poured into a shaker with ice. Before the mixture is poured, press each glass into a mixture of ground cinnamon and sugar. Pour the cocktail into the freshly adorned glass and garnish with a bit of cinnamon on top.

 

Winter Wedding Signature Drinks

Winter Wedding Signature Drinks

You’ve chosen to let the winter landscape drape the trees and bushes in the background and you enjoy winter wedding bliss. Good for you! These cocktails will happily reinforce the best parts of this snowy season with heart-warming elements that belong at your wedding!

13. Pomegranate Wedding Present

Pomegranate Wedding Present A little sparkling wine and some wintery flavors go a long way with this signature winter wedding cocktail.

  • 1 oz. pomegranate liqueur or 3 tablespoons of pomegranate juice
  • 5 oz. champagne
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs

This easy recipe is completed by filling a champagne flute (or the glass of choice) with juice and champagne, then topping the drink off with pomegranate seeds. Garnish with rosemary sprigs for an earthy, pine scented finish.

14. Gingerbride Martini

Gingerbride MartiniElevate the idea of a gingerbread man to a whole new level with a spicy cocktail that bring the playful joy of the winter season into your wedding.

  • 2 oz. gingerbread tea
  • 2 oz. gin
  • 2 oz. Grand Marnier
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Ground cinnamon

Put all the ingredients into a shaker with ice, do a little elbow magic, and pour the concoction into martini glasses. Garnish with a rim of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick.

15. She’s Hot Chocolate

She’s Hot ChocolateFewer things speak to holiday weddings more than hot chocolate. Let your guests warm up during cocktail hour with this boozy version of a childhood favorite.

Each drink will require:

  • 6 oz. hot chocolate
  • 1 oz. Kahlua
  • 1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Candy canes
  • Whipped cream

Mix the hot chocolate according to the directions (you can use a homemade recipe or a packet mix) and gently stir in liquers. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a candy cane.

16. Cran He Be Mine?

Cran He Be MineAlthough coconut is typically reserved for summer shindigs, this cocktail adds cranberries and rosemary for a festive touch. The vanilla vodka keeps the coconut flavor mild.

  • 2 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 3 oz. coconut milk
  • 3 oz. white cranberry juice
  • Fresh frozen cranberries
  • Fresh rosemary sprig

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice and strain into a glass of your choice. Drop in some fresh frozen cranberries and garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

These signature wedding cocktails are sure to please your guests and make your wedding memorable. Talk with your caterer about serving these delectable drinks at your nuptials, or ask for a completely new and customized creation!