A great alternative to running a full and open bar at your wedding is to pare back to a few old faithful options that will keep your guests happy. But where's the fun in only serving a white, a red, and beer? Enter: your signature cocktail.
The signature cocktail is often a drink that is either special to the bride and groom from another point in their relationship (for example, you shared your lavender old fashioned with him on your first date) or it's designed especially for the wedding day! Here are a few recipes for some fun and delicious cocktails perfect for a spring wedding. Make some at home to test them out—half the fun of wedding planning is sampling treats!
- 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
- 1 1/2 ounces pear purée (recipe below)
- 1/4 ounce ginger liqueur
- 1/4 ounce agave nectar
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice dram
- Soda water to taste
- 2-3 dashes Hella Bitters Aromatic Bitters (from the Craft Your Own Bitters Kit)
- Freshly cut thyme or sage sprigs for garnish
In a mixing tin or cocktail shaker, add the bourbon, pear purée, ginger liqueur, agave nectar, lemon juice, and allspice dram. Fill with ice, shake well, and strain into a cocktail glass, filled with fresh ice. Gently smack the fresh herbs to release their aromatics and place them in the finished cocktail.
For the pear purée:
Peel, core, and coarsely chop 3 pears. Purée the chopped pears and 2 ounces of lemon juice in a blender until smooth. Strain and press the pear mixture through a fine-mesh strainer or chinois, discarding the remaining solids. This mixture yields enough to make 4-5 cocktails.
- 2 oz St. George Botanivore Gin
- 6 oz Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic
- 2 pink grapefruit slices
- a few juniper berries
- rosemary sprig
Chill the drinking glass for a half hour. Add ice to the glass. Squeeze one slice of grapefruit into the glass and discard. Add the other grapefruit slice, the juniper berries, and rosemary sprig to the glass. Pour gin into the glass. Add the tonic and stir before drinking.
- 2 ripe figs, quartered
- 1 ounce thyme simple syrup
- 1 1/2 ounces light rum (Downslope was my choice)
- 1/4 ounce Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur
- 1/4 ounce allspice dram (St. Elizabeth‘s or your own)
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
In a mixing tin, muddle the figs with the thyme simple syrup. Fill the tin with ice. Add the light rum, apricot liqueur, allspice dram, and lemon juice. Shake well and double strain into coupe glasses. Optionally, double strain into cocktail glasses filled with ice and top with a splash of seltzer. Garnish with a sprig of freshly cut thyme.
Are you thinking of creating a signature cocktail? It's a great place to let your personality shine and to add a very personal touch to your festivities. Clearly, Holly & Flora has this stuff on lock.
Happy (almost) spring, everyone!