Cocktails

by Colette Pastore


By: Chelsea DeSimone

Cheers! Your special day deserves a special cocktail. While some couples are opting for no alcohol to be served at their wedding, others are offering a signature drink to compliment the theme of their wedding or the time of year. Why not offer both? Here are some of our favorite recipes based on the seasons.

 ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

Spring/Summer – Cucumber-Ginger Fizzes

Ingredients (makes 8 drinks): 

1.5 cups of vodka

2 English cucumbers (1 whole & 1 peeled and coarsely chopped)

1 lime – cut into 8 wedges

2 bottles of sparkling water

.5 – 1 cup of ginger simple syrup

How to:

1.     Place the vodka & the chopped cucumber in a container. Refrigerate for one hour & then strain the cucumber from the vodka. Refrigerate strained vodka for up to two days.

2.     Shave the second cucumber lengthwise with a vegetable peeler (into wide strips).

3.     Fill 8 tumblers with ice & add 3 strips of cucumber & 3 tablespoons of refrigerated vodka to the glass. Place a wedge of lime into each glass. Finish off with sparkling water & stir in 1-2 tablespoons of ginger simple syrup.

Fall/Winter – Autumn Cider

Ingredients (makes one drink):

1.5 oz of Laird’s Applejack

.5 oz of dark rum

.5 oz of limejuice

.5 oz of simple syrup

3 oz of fresh apple cider

How to:

1.     Shake all ingredients together in a tumbler.

2.     Pour into a glass (this mason jar looks perfect) & garnish with an apple slice.

NONALCOHOLIC DRINK

Berry-Lemon Sparklers

Ingredients (makes 8 drinks):

1.5 pints of raspberries or blackberries (more needed for garnish)

1 1/3 cups of sugar

2 cups of lemon juice

Ice

Seltzer

Mint (for garnish)

How to:

1.     Mash the berries & combine the sugar – let sit for 10 minutes

2.     Stir in .5 cup of water & strain into a pitcher.

3.     Stir in lemon juice & add another 2.5 cups of water.

4.     Fill 8 glasses with ice. Pour ¾ of a cup of the mixture into each glass.

5.     Add a splash of seltzer & stir.

6.     Garnish with berries & mint (optional)

 These are just a couple of cocktails that we thought sounded yummy. Some may choose to just serve wine while others may opt to not serve alcohol, at all. While cocktails can definitely get pricey, having a fixed drink menu instead of an open bar can help with your budget.