Full of love and happiness, a wedding is one of the most joyous occasions in anyone’s life and certainly a time to celebrate.
You’ll usually find at weddings that beer, wine, champagne and spirits are on tap at the reception bar. But, nowadays, more and more couples are turning to fun and delicious cocktails instead. Popular, picture-worthy and more cost-effective, cocktails can add something extra special to the big day.
So, whether you’re planning a wedding or just looking for ideas, here are 9 of the best cocktails to serve at your wedding that guests are sure to love.
1. Espresso Martini
As fun and exciting as a wedding day is, it can also feel a little draining. After such a long day, you’ll definitely be needing a pick-me-up with a classic coffee cocktail. Rich, rebus and indulgent, the Espresso Martini is a winning choice and perfect to serve to guests. With its sumptuous blend of vodka and coffee liqueur, it offers a full-bodied flavour with a luscious mouthfeel.
Every wedding needs a celebratory glass of champagne, and if you want to make a cocktail out of it, you can’t go wrong with a mimosa! This cocktail typical mixes champagne with orange juice but, your guests can easily choose any flavour of juice they like, such as pomegranate, grapefruit, strawberry puree, or peach puree (technically a Bellini) for more variety.
After the months of work, effort and, no doubt, stress, it’s time to finally relax and enjoy the evening with a Margarita in hand. Tart and tangy with a pinch of salt, a Margarita is the ultimate party drink that you and your guests are sure to love. Blending tequila, lime juice and Cointreau, this cocktail is light and refreshing. If you want something a little different, try Tommy’s Margarita, which replaces the Cointreau with Agave Syrup for a sharp, citrusy twist that really allows the tequila to shine.
As one of the world’s most popular classic cocktails, the Gimlet is a must-have at events and will go down well with guests. Combining gin, lime cordial and a splash of water, the Gimlet is simple yet refreshing and, of course, ultra-delicious. This would be a great cocktail to have with dinner or to wind down with toward the end of the party.
If you want to offer something sophisticated and bitter to your guests before sitting down for dinner, the Negroni is a perfect choice. Classed as the king of Italian Campari cocktails, it’s one of the best aperitivos around. Combining gin, vermouth, Campari and Angostura Aromatic Bitters, this is a punchy drink that deserves to be celebrated with.
The Cosmopolitan cocktail is a modern classic that’s just made for glamorous events. Sweet and tangy, this cocktail blends vodka, Cointreau and cranberry for a stylish and eye-catching drink that tastes as good as it looks. If you’re in need of some liquid courage before walking down the aisle, sip on a Cosmo with your bridesmaids while getting ready, and you’ll be feeling fabulous in no time!
7. Old Fashioned
Dark and complex, the Old Fashioned cocktail has been popular for over 200 years with its bold flavours and perfectly balanced ingredients. Combining whiskey with a dash of aromatic and orange bitters and sugar, your whiskey-loving guests won’t be able to get enough of this beautifully rounded cocktail.
8. Pimms and Lemonade
Having a wedding in the summer? Pimms and lemonade is a classic British summertime tipple that looks aesthetically pleasing and tastes incredible refreshing. Mixing Pimms with lemonade and ice, and adding chopped fruit such as strawberries, cucumber, oranges and chopped mint in a jug, your guests can easily pour themselves a fruity glass of summer bliss.
9. Mulled Wine
On the other hand, if you’re having a winter wedding, mulled wine is the perfect way to warm up. Plus, it fills the venue with its sweet yet spicy scents. Boiling red wine, simply add sugar, cinnamon sticks, oranges, cloves, orange juice, and lemonade for a wonderfully wintery drink. If the wedding is close to the holiday season, you could even serve up some mince pies alongside it for an extra festive treat.
Need more ideas? Take a look at our top 8 Prosecco-based cocktails that are light, refreshing and ideal for a fun wedding party.
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