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Inspired Signature Cocktails for Spring & Summer Weddings

It's no secret that everyone loves a great wedding cocktail hour. Make yours even better with bright and refreshing signature cocktails, like these sips dreamed up by Chris Hessney of Hessney & Co. and the team at 33 Greenwich

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If there's anything your guests will really remember about your wedding, it will be the food and drinks. Sure, they'll always have the memories of your vows, will appreciate your floral décor, and will love celebrating with you at the reception, but enjoying all of these elements along with a delicious meal and tasty cocktails will make the overall experience even better. Since everyone loves a good signature drink, our friends Chris Hessney of Hessney & Co. and the team at 33 Greenwich dreamed up two delicious wedding cocktails.

 

As you prep for your spring or summer wedding—or even your pre-wedding party—think about serving up one of these inspired sips. Like any good party, you'll want to balance out your overall drink offerings so there's something for everyone, and your signature drink menu is no exception. We chose a lighter, wine-based rosé cocktail and a bolder bourbon option, ensuring every part-goer will find something they love. Here, find our step-by-step guide to making each like a pro. 

Rosé All Day

Your signature cocktail doesn't have to be liquor based. While this is a great choice for a wedding, we also love the idea of serving this rosé-based cocktail at your bridal shower or post-nuptial brunch. Tangy citrus gives this cocktail the perfect unexpected kick, and a swirl of ruby red grapefruit syrup elevates this drink way above standard bar options. Trust us, guests will be back for refills faster than they can say "yes way, rosé."

What You'll Need

Tools:

  • A wine glass
  • A set of tin shakers, 18 oz and 28 oz
  • 1 oz jigger
  • .5 oz jigger
  • Hawthorne strainer
  • Stainless steel mesh cone strainer

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 dashes of Fee Bros. grapefruit bitters
  • .5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • .75 oz. rub red grapefruit syrup
  • .5 oz cappelletii
  • .75 oz saler's
  • 3 oz rosé
  • San Pellegrino, or other sparkling water, to taste

 

To make the grapefruit syrup:

  • 1 ½ cup of ruby red grapefruit juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups of white granulated sugar

Step-by-Step Cocktail Instructions

Ruby Red Grapefruit Syrup
Bring ½ cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan on your stove, then add 2 cups of sugar and whisk. Add the ruby red grapefruit juice to the water and whisk until the sugar is entirely dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. 

 

Rosé All Day
In your small tin strainer, add the grapefruit bitters, then add the freshly-squeezed lemon, ruby red grapefruit syrup, Cappelletti, and Saler's. After, add a 3 ounce pour of your favorite rosé. Once all ingredients are added, fill the strainer with ice and cover with the larger tin and shake vigorously for 7-10 seconds. 

Using your Hawthorne strainer and cone mesh strainer, pour the cocktail in a wine glass over a small amount of ice. Top with sparkling water. 

Basil N' Bourbon

In the spirit of giving guests options, consider paring a milder rosé cocktail with something a little stronger. We love this simple and tasty basil and bourbon mix, which is entirely palatable and still packs a punch. Thanks to a sugar in the raw syrup, there's a surprising hit of sweetness tucked into this rocks glass. 

What You'll Need

Tools:

  • A rocks glass
  • A set of tin shakers, 18 oz and 28 oz
  • 1 oz jigger
  • Hawthorne strainer
  • Stainless steel mesh cone strainer

 

Ingredients: 

  • 5-7 Basil leaves
  • 1 oz fresh lime
  • 1 oz demerara
  • 2 oz bourbon

 

To make the Demerara (a sugar in the raw simple syrup):

  • 2 cups of sugar in the raw
  • 1 ½ cups of boiling water

Step-by-Step Cocktail Instructions

Demerara Syrup

Pour the sugar in the raw into a non-reactive container, then add boiling water and whisk up until combined. Allow 3-5 minutes for the sugar to fully dissolve. Set aside.

 

Basil n' Bourbon

Tear your basil in half, then give each bundle a smack to release aromas and oils. Drop into small tin shaker, then add fresh lime juice, Demerara syrup, and your bourbon of choice. Add ice to the shaker, then cover with the larger tin and shake vigorously for 7-10 seconds.

Using your Hawthorne strainer and cone mesh strainer, pour the cocktail in a rocks glass over a small amount of ice. 

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