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Friday, April 24, 2009

Distinctive Cocktails for Cocktail Hour

The cocktail hour is for guests to (of course) grab a cocktail, get settled in, and get ready for the party that will follow. Why not welcome your guests in style? There are many ways to snazz up the cocktail hour with fabulous drinks that can not only tie in your wedding colors, but could also incorporate your favorite flavors!

The first and probably most popular way of personalizing your cocktail hour is with signature drinks. I distinctly remember one of my weddings from last year where there was a pink drink called "The Stacy" and a green drink called "The Chad", and those two drinks were the hit of the party. All night long people were ordering those drinks, and the bar finally ran out of the ingredients! The signture drink can incorporate your wedding colors and your names (or names that go with the "theme" of your wedding). A great bartender can come up with a special concoction created specifically for your wedding, like Stacy & Chad's idea...a recipe of your very own!

You could also offer a "flavor buffet" at your cocktail hour! Serve mini-drinks in a variety of flavors (shooters or other small glasses), so the guests can try a variety of palette pleasing libations! Vodkas, for example, come in many flavors....green apple, grape, chocolate, raspberry.... mix them with a variety of juices to create a menu of flavorful mini cocktails!

Herbs are another way to create distinctive signature cocktails that compliment the theme and style of your reception. For example; cilantro & pepper martini, mint mojito, lavendar champagne. Here's a great recipe for a sweet strawberry basil cocktail!

1 oz. gin
1/4 oz. strawberry liqueur
1 oz. white cranberry juice
3 strawberries
lime juice
basil leaves

Pour the gin, liqueur and juice into a cocktail shaker. Add 3 halved strawberries, 3 basil leaves, and 3 squeezes of lime juice, and muddle. Add a lot of ice, shake, and double strain into a chilled martini glass.

Recipe from Jamie Walker, Global Ambassador for Bombay Sapphire Gin.



1 comment:

Hi! I'm Kirsten... said...

Yum!!! Great idea to share drink recipes as a wedding planner!!

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