Every bride wants their wedding to be perfect. It’s why you spend months flipping through decor pictures and color palettes. You get to make every part of your ceremony unique to your personality and love story, including your reception menu.
When you’re not taste testing with caterers or designing your menu online, you should think about what your guests will drink at your wedding reception. Bartenders can work with any of your drink requests, so don’t settle for the standard beer and wine options.
Check out these ten uncommon cocktails to spice up your celebration and make it even more memorable. Your guests will love the surprises on your drink menu, and you’ll love trying them out while you plan every last wedding detail.
1. Strawberry Rosé Mojito
Spring and summer weddings are the perfect occasions to sip on something light and refreshing. When you want something to enjoy while the sun sets on your wedding, order a strawberry rosé mojito in a chilled cocktail glass. It has the perfect mixture of sweetness with a little bit of a tang. Add in a bit of mint for the perfect palate cleanser after dinner.
2. Refreshing Beer Margarita
Anyone can order a margarita at a restaurant, but your guests will love a refreshing beer margarita at your reception. The secret to mixing tequila and beer is to go with something light. Coronas, lime beer or a light ale will pair perfectly for this sweet cocktail.
3. Grapefruit Rosemary Greyhound
Grapefruit has a refined flavor that mixes perfectly with rosemary in this greyhound cocktail. Transform your idea of a refreshing drink by adding rosemary simple syrup to your favorite grapefruit vodka. A splash of juice from a ripe grapefruit rounds out the bright and tangy drink.
4. Red, White & Blue Summer Breeze
A July wedding is the perfect occasion for a red, white and blue summer breeze. It’s a crisp, refreshing cocktail that pairs well with seafood, fruit and other common wedding foods. If you’re in the mood for something fun, bright and delicious, you can’t go wrong with this particular recipe.
5. Bourbon and Peach Smash
Peaches can make a delightful snack, side or dessert, but they also sweeten a glass of bourbon. Squeeze fresh juice from peaches, pour it into your favorite bourbon and add a bit of ginger ale and an ice ball. It’s a sweet dessert cocktail your guests will obsess over.
6. Purple Rain Cocktail
What reception playlist wouldn’t be complete without a little Prince? Pair your favorite songs with a purple rain cocktail. This recipe uses blue Curacao to create a purple hue when shaken with cranberry and pineapple juice. Go all out by lining the rim of each glass with purple sugar before serving.
7. Shimmery Purple Cocktail
Glamorous brides who want their wedding to dazzle should check out shimmery purple cocktails for their reception drink of choice. Blue Curacao and sour red liquor will create the purple hue before you mix in silver cake glitter for the shimmery effect. Personalize the flavor by leaving it sour or adding in maraschino cherry syrup for a tasty twist.
8. Boozy Blackberry Lemonade
There’s nothing quite like a glass of ice-cold lemonade, especially when you flavor it with blackberries for a touch of summery sweetness. Have fun smashing the blackberries to strain the juice before mixing in your booze and sweetener of choice.
9. Honey Bourbon Cider
Summer and fall weddings are the perfect opportunities to add honey bourbon cider cocktails to your reception menu. After you make the simple apple-cinnamon honey syrup, combine it with other ingredients like bourbon, apple cider and lemon juice. The conflicting sweet and tart flavors compliment each other with every sip.
10. Salted Caramel Apple Martini
When you miss your favorite fall flavors, try a salted caramel apple martini while you construct your drink menu. Four simple ingredients create a deep orange hue and sweet aroma. Line the rim with salted caramel, which you can find pre-made at most grocery stores.
Have Fun Taste Testing
No bride should ever put anything on their reception menu without trying it first, so have fun taste-testing these uncommon cocktails. Play with the ingredients to make each flavor your own so that every drink makes your wedding more special.