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A Signature Cocktail You Can Proudly Sign Off On


Spice up the wedding reception with a signature cocktail.

Sure, everyone has champagne at the cocktail hour…BORING!  Add some of your personality by designing your own signature drink for your guests.  This is not a scotch bar, or tequila tasting bar, this is drink that you have created (or borrowed) specifically for your wedding.  Choosing the drink can be just as much fun as drinking it.  If you are a Vodka lover, add some vodka into the mix, maybe you can have the drink match your wedding colors or the theme of the wedding.

Ice, Ice Baby

I like my drinks cold, but I dislike ice in my drink.  Martini’s are cold and they have no ice in them, that’s because they are mixed with the ice, then poured out.  Well that’s pretty standard fare huh.  Let’s take that up a notch.  Gentlemen, I present to you the Ice Luge.  It’s cooler that a plain ice sculpture and booze comes out of it!  Cold booze!  Plus you can really get creative with the design, just remember to run it by your fiancé first…she may not appreciate an ice bust of her and the booze comes out of the nose.  You can work the design of the luge into your theme, we did a wedding where the couple loved to swing dance and music was a big part of the wedding so we had a saxophone ice luge designed for them.

It’s Was a Shot, But Now It’s a Cocktail

This is a trick we used at our wedding, we had a shot that both my wife and I loved.  But it isn’t too classy to be doing shots at the cocktail hour.  So we simply increased the amounts and turned it into a cocktail.  It was Jagermeister, peach schnapps and cranberry juice.  We had it mixed in a martini shaker (so it’s cold without ice) and served either in a martini glass or a rock glass.  It tasted great, was 1 of our signature drinks and we called it the “Groomsman Surprise”.  So if there is a mixed shot you like, grab the ingredients and turn it into cocktail…and no, adding 3 ounces to your 1 ounce shot of tequila and putting it in a bigger glass does not make it a cocktail fellas.

His & Hers & Theirs

Now, there is no rule that says you can only have 1 signature drink.  You can have as many as you like without it getting out of hand.  I would max it out at 4.  This way you can have a drink named for the groom, one for the bride and one for each bridal party.  You could do 3 and have one for the couple and one for each of the bridal parties.  Keep it fun, name them something silly (not vulgar though), maybe have a separate menu printed up to go on the bar stating the name and ingredients of your signature drinks.

Simon’s Gutsy Groom Advice

Signature drinks are great at a cocktail hour, they get people talking, they taste good and they will leave an impression on your guests.  I find a lot of people talking about the signature drink and what the name was and did you have one???  Plus with posting your wedding photos on Facebook now, people can tag the drink if they want.  It really just opens up a lot of possibilities for fun and adding that little bit of unique to your wedding day.

You could also incorporate this into your “man shower”, have your guys bring their favorite drink recipes with them and then mix the drinks, pick a winner or 2 and hand out the prizes.  Just make sure that after you’re done tasting, you have places for the guys to crash, so they don’t drink & drive.

Simon Daykin is an award winning event designer, planner and groom stylist with Fire Fly Occasions. Simon strives to get grooms involved in the wedding planning process and have their opinions heard. He understands that grooms can get left out or pushed out of the planning process so he’s here to help. You can connect with him further on Google+.

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