Wednesday, March 29 2023 10:24

Signature Drinks

Written by Elizabeth Hughes

Personalize your wedding with these unique cocktails

What better way to add that personal touch to your wedding or special event than with a signature drink? Work with a local bartending or catering service to create a cocktail with a special significance — inspired by the season, a special place or a favorite spirit.

Here are a few ideas from local mixologists to get you started.

Note: Liquor brands were recommended by bartenders. Each recipe yields one drink.

Spring Fling

From 13th Street Cocktails

  • 1.5 oz. The Botanist gin
  • ¼ oz. Ramazzotti Aperitivo Rosato
  • ½ oz. lemon
  • ½ oz. raspberry grapefruit cordial*

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with lots of ice. Shake for 10 seconds, then strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel (dehydrated, if available) and edible flowers.

*Raspberry Grapefruit Cordial

  • 1 pt. 1-to-1 simple syrup
  • 1 C. raspberries
  • Fresh, skin-on grapefruit wheels (from 1 large grapefruit)

Simmer on medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Allow syrup to cool before straining. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Kappa Kanpai Smash

From Alexander Catering Company

  • 3 oz. strong green tea
  • 1.5 oz. dry sake
  • ¾ oz. Japanese whisky
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 3 thin slices of cucumber
  • ½ oz. Fever-Tree ginger beer
  • Cucumber slice for garnish

Add tea, sake, whisky and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with a scoop of ice and cucumber.

Shake vigorously for 10 seconds, then pour into a rocks glass.

Float the ginger beer over top of the cocktail, and add ice to fill the glass. Garnish with cucumber slice and enjoy.

Blueberry Lemon Fizz

From Roaming Libations

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • ½ oz. blueberry syrup*
  • 3 oz. lemon seltzer water

Combine ingredients in a glass with ice. Garnish with fresh lemon and blueberries and enjoy.

*Blueberry Syrup

  • 1 C. water
  • ½ C. fresh blueberries
  • 1¼ C. sugar

Bring water and blueberries to a simmer. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Cool and store in a glass container for up to 1 week.

Kiss My Ace

From The Traveling Tap

  • ½ oz. Malibu rum
  • ½ oz. Appleton Estate rum
  • ½ oz. Captain Morgan spiced rum
  • 1.5 oz. sour mix
  • ½ oz. orange juice

Add ingredients to shaker.

Shake with ice and serve.

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