Signature drinks are not a new idea by any stretch of the imagination. But it seems that I have been hearing more and more about people incorporating these at their weddings recently. I am actually planning on having a signature drink at my wedding. Since my colors are Tiffany blue and black, I figured I needed to go with the blue color for my drink. Since one of my favorite past times is making up drinks, I went to the liquor store one Saturday and sat down with my wonderful taste testers (my future mother- and brother-in-law) and got to mixing. The problem was getting the color to match perfectly or as close to perfect as possible. We did end up finding the perfect mixture of liquor that tasted good as well as matched the color pretty closely. I thought I would share the recipe with you as well as a few other drinks I have either found on the internet or am making up as I go. Now, I haven’t tasted some of them, so you might want to try it out before serving it to guests. I suggest having your bartenders make them in bulk for ease and speedy service to your guests.
Something Blue – My signature drink!!
1 part Vodka
1 part Blue Curacao
2 parts pineapple juice
Pour all ingredients in a shaker with ice and serve up, in a chilled martini glass.
*Alternate version: Substitute coconut rum for the vodka. My mom is allergic to coconut, so I opted with vodka in case she wants to have one.
Purple People Eater
2 oz Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
1 oz Blackberry Brandy
1 oz Cherry Brandy
1 oz Amaretto
1 oz Absolut Citron
1 Splash Orange Juice
1 Splash Pineapple Juice
1 Splash Grapefruit Juice
Pour in shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Serve in a Collins glass.
*This one contains a lot of different ingredients which can be slightly more expensive. But it is a wonderfully-yummy drink.
Another option I found for a purple drink is the following:
1 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
1/2 oz Cranberry juice
Pour in shaker with ice and serve in rocks glass.
*They called this a Purple People Eater too, but I would be hesitant to agree that it is the “real” drink. Maybe you could call this Purple Passion or something.
Lemon Drop Martini
1 1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz orange liqueur (Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, etc.)
1 tsp superfine sugar (or to taste)
3/4 oz freshly-squeezed lemon juice
Pour over ice in shaker and serve in a chilled martini glass. Be sure to include either a half slice of lemon or get a little more fancy with a lemon twist.
1 oz white tequila
1 – 2 oz white creme de cacao
1 – 2 oz milk
1 splash grenadine syrup
Pour over ice in shaker and serve in martini glass.
Another SUPER easy one for Pink weddings is:
1 1/2 oz Bacardi Light Rum
Pour Rum into tall glass filled with ice. Fill with Pink Lemonade. Add a dash of club soda to make the drink less sweet and more “refreshing.”
Orange Crush (Ok, it is really a Creamsicle, but I like to name them something that has to do with love or weddings… makes more sense, right?)
1 oz Vanilla Vodka
*Fill Collins glass with ice, pour in vodka. Then fill glass to the 3/4 mark with Orange Juice and top off with Sprite. To make this a lower calorie version (because I actually got this recipe from my fitness boot camp instructor), substitute low-cal OJ and Sprite Zero. It is actually really good this way!!
Green with Envy(because everyone is jealous of your love… get it? Ok, that is bad, but my creativity seems to be lacking today)
1 oz Midori Melon Liquor
1 oz white rum
Club soda or Sprite
Fill tall glass with ice. Pour in liquor and top with soda.
*I made this one up. So if you try it, let me know how it is
2 parts lemon vodka
1 part Cointreau
2-3 parts cranberry juice
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon.
So there you have it. I am sure you can tell I have a special place in my heart for a good cocktail. Plus, I like to make some up here and there. If you have any other recipes for drinks you have had or are planning to use for your own wedding, please be sure to share!