A good way to add an extra touch to your reception/cocktail hour is to come up with a signature drink.... or two!
Get creative, pick a drink you love and want to share with all your guests or possibly a drink that's the same color as your wedding colors. Once you have the drink you want to use, talk to your venue or bartender to come up with the perfect garnish. Popular garnishes these days are to have sugared rims, especially if the sugar is colored! Also, you can have the glass rimmed with crumbled cookies or graham crackers, maybe even chocolate.
Have your signature cocktail passed out during cocktail hour and reception, you can even have a sign made with the name of the drink for all to see, try putting the sign in a cute decorative frame so it can stand on the bar or the tray of the server.
Try some of these recipes!
½ parts vodka
1 ½ parts Chocolate Liqueur
Splash of Frangelico (hazelnut Liquor)
Garnish with a powdered chocolate rim (optional).
Key Lime Martini
2 oz vanilla vodka
1 oz sweetend lime juice
1 oz half and half cream
Garnish with a graham cracker crumbled rim (optional)
Pepermint Patty Martini
2 oz vodka
1 oz peppermint schnapps
1 oz white creme de cacao
Garnish with a chocolate rim (optional)
1 3/4 oz Pear Vodka
3/4 oz Cointreau
2 oz Sweet & Sour mix
Garnish with a sugared rim (optional)
Photo credits from left to right.....3 pink glasses (theknot.com), single pink glass (metromixny.com),chocolate margarita (notcot.com), green martinis (theknot.com), Margaritas and chocolatinis (colincowie.com)