Recipes, 18 February 2016

Make Your Own Wedding Cocktails

I do, the best man, the groom, a large bride please… ummmm, a large bride?!! Chill out girls, I’m talking cocktails on ice here. Cocktails are fun at the best of times but on your wedding day, you can really add a twist. Whether you’re making the cocktails yourself or having the bar at your wedding venue supply the cocktails for you, you have the fun of being able to name them, create them and add a real personal touch to your day. If you’ve chosen a theme for your wedding, why not name your cocktails to suit the theme. For example, a pink theme could involve cocktails like candyfloss or the pink unicorn. You could even name cocktails after the bride and groom, the place where you first met and so on… The choices to make this truly personal are limitless and it gives your guests another unique dimension to your day that they will remember … although that highly depends on how carried away they get with the cocktails as to just how much of your day they remember! If you’re having children at your wedding, why not consider a few non alcoholic options for them too. I’m sure the dedicated drivers on the night would also appreciate it. The fantastic thing about cocktails is that you can make them to your taste, they are a concoction of your favourite flavours but here at Fund Your Wedding, we thought we’d give you a couple of recipes to kick it off!

1. Something Borrowed Something Blue

Lime wedge

Coarse sugar

Ice cubes

1/4 Glass cranberry juice cocktail

2 tablespoons citron vodka or vodka

2 tablespoons blue curacao

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

 Moisten the rim of a chilled martini/champagne glass with your lime wedge. Sprinkle sugar onto a side plate. Dip the moistened glass rim into the sugar to coat lightly Fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, vodka, curacao and lime juice. Cover and shake. Strain into martini/Champagne glass.

2. Newlyweds

1/4 glass fresh mint leaves

1/4 glass limoncello

2 tablespoons sugar plus additional for dipping

Champagne flutes

Lemon peel strips from 1 lemon

4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice plus 1 lemon wedge

3/4 glass chilled Champagne or sparkling wine

Place mint, limoncello, 2 tablespoons sugar, and lemon strips in blender. Blend until mint is finely chopped (lemon peel will be roughly chopped), 10 seconds. Strain into small cup; discard anything that didn’t come through the strainer.  Run lemon wedge around rim of 2 Champagne flutes. Dip rims into sugar. Divide limoncello mixture and lemon juice between flutes. Top with Champagne.

 

As you can see, it’s really easy to come up with some fun names that fit with your day. This could be a really fun exercise that you and your hubby to be could do together. Get a feel for your favourite tastes and combine them to create brand new cocktails! Name them whatever you wish and then hand it over to the bar man to do the rest. Enjoy!! Oh… if you happen to come up with any real winners, be sure to send us the recipes for us to share with your fellow readers.

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