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10 Signature Cocktails to Serve at Any Summer Wedding

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The most memorable way to get your wedding reception started? Just add a personal touch! That’s why you should kick off your party with a cocktail that speaks to you and your new spouse—plus the setting where your friends and family have gathered to celebrate. Any of these summery drinks can easily be customized, so think about ways to put a special flourish on the one you choose, whether it’s initialed swizzle sticks, a garnish of your favorite local fruit or even customized glassware. Cheers!

Wedding Type: Remote Beach Getaway

Cocktail: Toasted Frozen Coconut Mojito

Frozen cocktails might get a bad rap, but this sophisticated flavor profile—a mix of coconut milk and fresh lime juice, plus rum—will help welcome your guests to paradise. Don’t forget to garnish the rim with toasted coconut flakes!

Get the recipe here.

Wedding Type: Outdoor Picnic Style 

Cocktail: Watermelon Refresher

This refreshing watermelon cocktail tastes just as good as it looks, thanks to the unexpected kick from the basil ginger syrup. Don’t forget to serve them in picnic-apropos cups, too!

Get the recipe here.

Wedding Type: Romantic Morning Reception

Cocktail: The Pink Mimosa

Mix champagne with fresh pineapple and blood orange juice, plus a splash of orange liqueur for a pretty pink beverage that matches your flower arrangements. This update on the classic brunch cocktail will feel extra elevated, thanks to the fresh fruit juice additions.

Get the recipe here.

Wedding Type: Beach Town Escape

Cocktail: Ginger Beer Margaritas

Embody the feeling of your favorite beach town with a playful cocktail that will enthrall your entire bridal party. Spring for a top shelf tequila, salt the rims and serve each glass with a personal mini bowl of guac and chips.

Get the recipe here.

Wedding Type: A Southern Wedding

Cocktail: Mint Julep

Can you tie the knot in the South and not serve a Mint Julep? That’s what we thought. You can get creative and customize this drink by adding local fruit, such as watermelon or peach. And as an extra touch, make sure the cute copper mugs are engraved with the date, to give to your guests as favors. 

Get the recipe here.

Wedding Type: Garden Party 

Cocktail: Elderflower Gin

Elderflower has seen a surge in popularity, thanks to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who served a lemon elderflower cake at their reception. But you don’t need to be part of the royal elite to treat your friends and family this beautiful (and tasty) cocktail, mixed with gin, elderflower liqueur, a pressed apple, cranberry juice and a squeeze of lemon. 

Get the recipe here. 

Wedding Type: Big Manhattan Bash

Cocktail: New York Sour

Whipped up with whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup, this unique bev is topped off with a touch of red wine. It’s chic, sophisticated and best served in a stylish coupe glass. Sounds perfect for your big day in the big city. 

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Wedding Type: Classic Black Tie

Cocktail: Sour-Cherry Old-Fashioned

Muddle sour cherries, sweeten them with a pinch of sugar and stir whiskey in. Voilà, you’ve got a colorful cocktail that’s equal parts classic, modern and fresh. Just imagine how dapper all those tuxedoed guys will look holding tumblers with this colorful cocktail.

Get the recipe here.

Wedding Type: South of France, Darling

Cocktail: Lavender Champagne

Whether you’re saying “I do” in Provence or the Côte d’Azur, a lavender infused champagne is a very French way to welcome your guests. Garnishing with a sprig of the flower is a must—because it’s oh so elegant and fragrant enough (without being overpowering!). 

Get the recipe here.

Wedding Type: Casual Outdoor Affair

Cocktail: Raspberry Tequila Sangria

Big batch cocktails will make prep (and serving) much, much easier. But that doesn’t mean you have to try out a boring recipe. This sangria is made with tequila instead of wine and is packed with juicy raspberries. Serve this in a number of pitchers located around the bar area or even a large punch bowl.

Get the recipe here.

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Annaelle Beenstock | September 29, 2019

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