Signature Cocktails

Looking at adding something refreshing to your reception…try a signature cocktail.  Couples are always looking for a bespoke way to add some creativity to their event. Try taking the Groom’s preferred choice of liquor and the Bride’s preferred fruit beverage, add some simple syrup and a martini glass for that memorable detail.  I have listed some popular drinks that can truly add that extra touch to your day.

Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca

Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca

Pieces of one watermelon, pureed and strained
Equal amount of water (to watermelon juice)
Simple syrup, to taste
1/4 c lime juice

Mix and serve over ice.

Kiwi Martini

Kiwi Martini

2 cups ice cubes
8 kiwis, coursely chopped plus 1 kiwi sliced for garnish
1 and 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
1 cup sugar

Using a blender mix the ice cubes, kiwis, lemon juice, sugar and 2 cups water until smooth.

Pour into martini glasses; garnish with the kiwi slices.

Chocolate Martini

Chocolate Martini

  • 1 shots Godiva chocolate liqueur
  • 1 shots Crème de Cacao
  • 2 shots of vanilla vodka
  • 2 shots half-and-half

1. Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake, and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.

2. Garnish the glass with swirls of Hershey syrup on the inside or use chocolate shavings on the rim.

Espresso Shots

Espresso Shots

  • Peel of an orange
  • Chocolate shavings from the best quality chocolate bar
  • Chili pepper flakes
  • 1 ounce best quality, premium Vodka or Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Kahlua especial (70 proof)
  • 1/2 ounce Tia Maria
  • 1 ounce cold espresso

1. Rim the tube/shot glass with the peel of an orange rind. Dip the rim of the glass in chocolate shavings and chili pepper flakes.

2. Place the vodka or tequila, Kahlua, Tia Maria and espresso in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into test tubes or shot glasses.

And just in time for that October 31st bride…


Halloweenn Spirits'

Halloweenn Spirits'

Ghost in the Graveyard
Serves 1
2 ounces black vodka
2 ounces creme de cacao or coffee-flavored liqueur
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
Pinch of finely grated nutmeg, for garnish

In a glass, combine vodka and creme de cacao, and set aside. Place a scoop of ice cream in a highball glass, and slowly pour vodka mixture over ice cream. Garnish with nutmeg; serve immediately.

Screwed-Up Screwdriver
Serves 1
1/4 cup ice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed tangerine juice
1 1/2 ounces black vodka
1 black licorice twist, for serving

Place ice in a tall glass. Pour juice into glass. Pour vodka over the back of a cocktail spoon into glass so it sits on top of juice and creates a layer of black. Slice 1/4 inch off each end of licorice, and use as a straw. Serve immediately.

Berry Scary Martini
Serves 1
1 cup ice
1 ounce black vodka
2 ounces cherry juice
Fresh raspberries and blueberries, for garnish

Combine ice, vodka, and cherry juice in a cocktail shaker; shake vigorously. Pour into a martini glass. Thread raspberries and blueberries onto a cocktail skewer, and place in drink. Serve immediately.

Resources: Elizabeth Carroll, Collin Cowie, Martha Stewart

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