A signature cocktail represents both the wedding and the couple. How can you make one and what elements would best commemorate this special event?
There will absolutely be drinks at your wedding—whether they are alcoholic or liquor free. So why not make a special drink that represents your marriage in a way that everyone can celebrate?
The cocktail itself should have elements of both partners in it. A classic example is a bourbon and apple cider based drink. These flavors capture the masculinity of the groom as well as the sweeter side of the bride. This type of ingredient combination balances out sweet and tart flavors. Similarly, a marriage is about balance and compromise. Perhaps you and your partner are polar opposites, but the relationship works. Alternatively, every marriage has ups and downs; this drink will represent your commitment to supporting one another throughout.
The best way to figure out what type of drinks to use for your signature cocktail is to start with a list of your favorite drinks. Compare the two lists (for each partner) and see if perhaps there is a flavor combination that pairs nicely. Again, these don’t have to be alcoholic beverages, necessarily. If you like chocolate milk and your partner likes vodka, you can pair the two for a chocolaty Russian. The flavors that compliment each other most are tart and sweet. Whatever flavors you choose to combine, test it on others before serving it to your entire wedding party.
You might also choose your flavors based on sentiment. For example, perhaps the first drinks you shared together can be reinvented? Maybe you want to choose a version of a drink with the name of a place in it that you visited as a couple? (For example, anything with the words Russia, beach, Manhattan, or the like.)
This recipe will also last for the rest of your relationship. Give it out to your guests as a gift for attending and save it for future use. Always have the drink available at big events where the couple will be celebrating in the future, like wedding anniversaries. If you print out the recipe, you can also ask for it to be made at most bars when you go.
Signature cocktails are fun at every step of the wedding and preparation. Spend the night as a couple experimenting with different flavors and drinks until you find one that both of you can agree upon. You can do this alone or in a bartending course. This is a great way to bond with your partner during the potentially hectic party planning before your event. So enjoy your planning!