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Thursday, January 14, 2021

5 Signature Cocktails for Your Wedding

Words by Kacey Mya
Photos courtesy of Canva
Planning a destination wedding means bringing your daydreams to life. You can pick a beautiful place across the globe for your ceremony and draw inspiration from the scenery. Make your planning even more fun by considering these five signature cocktails for your destination wedding.

Depending on your venue, you could match your drink of the night to the destination of your dreams. See if any of these recipes match your wedding vision so everything blends seamlessly into the perfect day.



1. White Wine Sangria

Many brides pick wineries for their venue. They’re sprawling estates with gorgeous scenery and plenty for guests to do on-site before the ceremony. A white wine sangria cocktail indulges everyone in summery flavors while nodding to your destination. It’s a crowd-pleasing recipe that any bartender can add to your reception menu. 


2. Coconut Mint Mojito

Hawaii has topped the wedding destination lists since the first ceremony venue opened on the island. Host your ceremony on the beach and follow it with coconut mint mojitos during cocktail hour. The fresh mint compliments the sweet coconut flavor, resulting in a refreshing, enjoyable drink. It’s the ultimate tropical cocktail for destination weddings in Hawaii or even the Caribbean.


3. Limoncello Prosecco Cocktail

There are endless romantic venues in Italy that are all the perfect place to serve limoncello prosecco cocktails. Italian restaurants often serve limoncello before or after dinner to aid with digestion. It’s the ultimate cocktail menu addition and even goes well with your reception meal. If you love this recipe, remember that it pairs well with fish—it might help you finalize the details for your wedding dinner.


4. Pink Cosmo Margarita

Mexico is another popular place for a destination wedding, but you don’t have to serve traditional margaritas for your guests. Instead, make a pink cosmo and add a little tequila. The hibiscus tea lends a tart, crisp edge to the tequila mixed with lime juice. Your guests will love this light drink with any appetizers or entrees you work out with your caterer.


5. Hot Buttered Rum

Winter brides have plenty of destinations to choose from, like ski lodges or rustic getaways. No matter where you host your ceremony, everyone will crave a warm drink between their hands. Hot buttered rum will hit the spot after you say your vows. It’s warm, sweet and easily customizable. Depending on your preferences, you can serve the original recipe or add a twist with pumpkin spice or whiskey. Just make sure that you have your bartender clearly label the drink on your menu. Anyone who can’t tolerate dairy will need a different option because of the tablespoon of butter in each cup.


Taste Test at Home

Even if you work with your bartender to craft signature cocktails for your destination wedding, you should taste test each recipe at home. You deserve to drink something you enjoy after your ceremony. Plus, it’s the best way to guarantee that your guests will love the menu. Make a date out of it with your fiance or host a happy hour with your bridal party so the taste testing becomes a new way to celebrate your upcoming nuptials.

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