Selecting Your Signature Drink
You have plans for monogrammed bar napkins, a super cool personalized photo booth, even table names that reflect your favorite date spots. Why stop there? Keep the creative personalization going by creating a signature wedding drink served during cocktail hour or all night at the bar.
Trust us. Your drink will trump a standard gin and tonic every time.
After all, you’ve already put so much thought into the details of your wedding from your dress to your flowers to your vows...don’t let the bar become an afterthought. Keep the beer and wine flowing, but when it comes to making a real “just married” statement, it’s all about the signature cocktail. With clever names and seasonal flavors, selecting the right cocktail might just be the personal touch you both have been looking for.
Go for Two
For most couples, a signature cocktail is about capturing the theme of the day rather than trying to match certain flavors with your joint personality traits. However, this doesn't mean you can't select a cocktail that still speaks to you. You can even choose to go with a "his" and "hers." He may want to serve a signature old fashioned, while you may be leaning toward something more light and refreshing. In the spirit of compromise, serve both! Don't worry about overwhelming the bartenders. Professional bar staff should always be prepared to accommodate the flow of guest so no one's waiting too long to get their hands on the tasty concoctions.
Start with Your Go-To Order
Only armed with amateur drink-making skills? Start by considering the flavors and drinks you gravitate toward on an average Saturday night out. In general, cocktails fall into four categories: strong like a Manhattan, sour like a Tom Collins, sweet like a French martini, or low alcohol, with something like sparkling wine as the base. The choice is yours, but we always suggest serving the low-alcohol option paired with the flavored blend of your choice from Nashville Craft Beverage Company. This will not only save money, and it will also keep your crazy Uncle from getting too rowdy on the dance floor.
Incorporate Trendy Flavors
If you're a vodka tonic kind of girl, use that as the base and then add of-the-moment flavors to make it more complex. Having delicious blends in so many seasonal flavors on offer from Nashville Craft Beverage Company are always great way to add flavor to a drink really inexpensively. Consider tossing a sprig of rosemary or sage to your final product as a tasteful trendy garnish and flavor booster.
Compliment the Theme
Lean on the signature drink as yet another way to tie the evening together. By pairing your cocktails with food you can easily bring the meal full circle. An outdoor barn wedding is going to have a very different menu than a formal, sit-down wedding. Always consider the menu, your venue, and your overall theme and style.
Sometimes all it takes is a simple swap in glassware to make a cocktail fit your big day. You could take a very basic drink like a blueberry basil blend from Nashville Craft Beverage Company, pair it with sweet tea wine, put it into a martini glass, garnish it beautifully, and it becomes a fancy drink. Or you can throw it into a mason jar over ice, add a really cute straw, and it can go to an outdoor barn wedding.
Consider Your Guests
While this is your wedding, your guests may not have the same tastes so always try to create a cocktail that's both interesting and universally appealing. Think spirits like vodka and rum versus more polarizing gin and whiskey flavors. Even if you create a cocktail that is to die for, not everyone will be a fan. It is generally assumed that everyone will have two or maybe three signature cocktails, but people who drink wine will still drink wine. Your best bet is to estimate one to one-and-a-half signature cocktails per guest.
Don't Get Hung Up on Color
Your wedding colors may be red and cream, but that doesn't mean your drink needs to be the same shades. There might not be flavor blends naturally occurring in those colors which instead would have you adding large quantities of food dyes to your drinks leaving your guests to walk around with oddly colored teeth and tongues. Instead, bring your colors through with garnishes like a strawberry for that pop of red or with your fun bar accessories like straws and monogrammed napkins.