I absolutely love that signature cocktails have become such a trend in the last 5 years. Having signature cocktails that represent you and your soon to be husband or wife is so special! So how do you go about figuring this stuff out? Don’t worry I’ll tell you!
A short side note: you are most likely reading this blog because you want something extra special for your signature cocktails. However, if you want an easy option you can always just select your favorite drinks (His: Old Fashion Hers: French 75). but if you want to get a little fancy keep reading….
Hire a Beverage Catering Company
If you have the option of bringing in an outside Bartending service for your wedding, there are a few that offer a “signature drink” experience. One of these companies is Snake Oil Cocktail in San Diego, California. They make incredible craft cocktails and when you hire them for your wedding they’ll work with you to create speciality drinks curated for you and your significant other.
If you don’t have the option of bringing in a cocktail service either due to restrictions or your budget, you can always DIY it. Each wedding venue has different restrictions so make sure to check with them first! If your wedding venue will allow you to have signature cocktails here are some steps in figuring out your signature cocktails.
Start with the Liquor
Do you and your soon-to-be spouse have favorite liquors? Perhaps he loves Bourbon and you love vodka, start with this. The alcohol will of course be the base that you build your signature cocktail on.
Think About Flavors
Maybe you love strawberries and floral flavors and your Fiancé loves woodsy and herbaceous flavors. Knowing the flavors you like in your cocktails is a good way to start exploring. Grab a cocktail book or search online for recipes that have the flavors you like. Or if you are feeling really adventurous, try your hand at mixology. Whenever I am teaching people to make cocktails I tell them that flavored simple syrups are the way to start, they are so easy and can add so much flavor to your cocktails!
Add In The Filler
Now think about anything else you want in the glass… Club soda, Ginger Beer, Pineapple Juice, Tonic, Speciality bitters? And when I say “filler” I don’t mean fill the glass with juice rather than alcohol, I just mean think about what you want to add to the liquor. The options are endless! I created a cheat sheet below for those who may be struggling a little bit to determine which flavors go with their alcohol of choice….
Don’t Get Too Complicated
Remember that your bartenders are going to be working hard to crank cocktails out to your guests, if you choose a cocktail that is overly complicated it is going to slow down that bar line. As a former bartender I can tell you that blended (frozen) drinks and muddled drinks will take the longest amount of time to make. If you just have to have cocktails with these elements, please hire extra bartenders so your guest don’t have to wait 15-20 minutes in line for cocktails.
Ask a Bartender Friend
Perhaps you have a friend who has a background in bartending or maybe they are just someone who makes kick ass cocktails. You could always ask them if they could help you concoct your signature drinks. Offer them a gift card to their favorite cocktail/beverage store in exchange for their help, I’m sure they’d be more than happy to help you come up with some speciality cocktails for your wedding!
Don’t Forget a Menu
So you’ve done all the hard work to create 2 speciality cocktails super unique to you and your future spouse… now what? Well how will your guests know what to order? They’ll need a menu! Hiring a calligrapher to create your signature cocktail menu is a must (and I’m not just saying that because it’s my job haha!). Your guests need to know how to order and seeing a customized menu really gets them excited!
I love creating signature cocktail signs, one of the main reasons is because I hate to see my signs thrown away and Signature cocktail signs rarely get thrown away. More often than not, couples choose to keep these signs and display them in their homes. It’s something from your wedding that you get to keep, and next time you throw a party, you can whip up those same cocktails!