Just because you are *only* having beer and wine at your wedding reception, doesn't mean you have to miss out on fun and festive signature drinks. Here are a 7 ideas on how to maximize your bar.
Sangria is delicious drink made with Wine and fruit and fruit juice. It is as beautiful as it is delicious. In our opinion Sangria really is the perfect signature drink. You can make it ahead of time, you can make it in large batches, to reduce the line at the bar, and because you mix it with a little juice, it really stretches your alcohol. Oh..and did we mention it is delicious. Sangria can be made using white wine and red wine. Play around with the combinations and find what works best with your tastebuds. If you google Sangria Recipe, you wil find lots of awesome recipes. (another tip....show off the Northwest Bounty by selecting fruit that is in season (whether berries, pears, apples etc)
2. Mulled Wine.
Mulled Wine is a delicious concoction made with red wine and spices. You can serve it hold or cold. It is the perfect drink for a fall/winter wedding.
3. Mimosa Bar
Imagine how pretty this would look. Homemade fruit purees made of local fruit mixed with your favorite sparkling wine. Gorgeous, and delicious! (and the little bit of fruit would hide any "sins" of that $6 bottle of sparkling. :)
4. Dessert Wine Slushies.
Try to envision this - its a hot summer day, and your guests begin arriving and they are greeted with a cold, fruity, AMAZING grown-up slurpee in a pretty glass. Who would not love one (or twelve) of those. All you need to do is have your caterer blend ice with some dessert wine, and there you go. Trust me, they are amazing.
5. Champagne Cocktail
This is a classic cocktail made with bubbly, sugar, bitters, brandy and a cherry. Beautiful, timeless, and oh so yummy. (Side note: - Brandy is distilled wine. I feel like it would pass as wine, but double check with your venue)
6. Beer Cocktails
Here is the thing, we are in craft beer paradise here so ofcouse some brilliant folks figured out fun ways to show off the flexibility of craft beer. Here are a few recipes. (I had to combine so I could still limit my tips to my luck number 7)
(and ofcouse, these are generic names, feel free to name them what ever you want)
Light Apple - Equal parts your favorite light beer + your favorite hard apple cider. Mix together in a glass, top with an orange.
Full Moon - Equal parts Mike's hard lemonade with Blue Moon Beer. Again, top with an orange.
El Ayudacal (no, I dont know what it means, or how to pronounce it, but it sounds delicious) - 1 bottle of Pacifico Beer, 1.5oz of lime juice, 1/2 oz of agave nectar. Garnish with lime wheel.
Black Velvet - Equal parts champagne and your favorite Stout Beer
Shandy - the original beer cocktail. Equal parts beer and either lemonade or ginger ale. Perfect on a hot day!
7. Hard Cider- okay so technically Cider is not a Signature Cocktail but we are in the midst of a cider revolution and I think while folks love to drink it, they sort of forget about it when planning their drinks at the wedding reception, so I am tossing it out there.
Well that rounds our ideas of ways to enjoy signature drinks while still limiting your bar to beer and wine. What ideas do you have?