38 Signature Drinks That'll Personalize Your Cocktail Hour
After your wedding ceremony comes the cocktail hour. It's often the time for party-goers to mingle (and drink!) while the newlyweds share a few minutes of just-married bliss during a private walk or portrait session. If you're following this formula, you can still inject a personal touch into this interlude—even in your absence—by offering loved ones a signature drink inspired by everything from your cocktail preferences to your relationship timeline.
These custom drinks are a creative (and delicious!) way to tell your guests a little something about who you are as a couple. Looking for a place to start? Think of some the best cocktails that you have shared with your fiancé for inspiration. If you can't think of just one, make like many of these couples and serve multiple options. Adding a mocktail to your signature drink roster is also always a good idea (especially if you plan on having little ones on your guest list).
You can also use garnishes or other drink-related elements, like monogrammed napkins and stirrers, to personalize your signature drinks. However, we think one of the best ways to make these drinks your own is by naming them creatively. When brainstorming monikers, some look to memorable trips, favorite family members, or even their pets; others, like this couple, turn to their married titles and new initials for inspiration. The bride's cocktail, seen here, combined Champagne and a scoop of St. Germain-flavored sorbet.
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Citrus played a role in every part of this celebration. In keeping with the theme, the signature cocktail was made of lemon juice, kumquat cordial, and vodka.
The signature drink served at this moody, magic-themed celebration was a blackberry lemonade. The beverage got its dark hue from activated charcoal and fresh blackberries.
Since they couldn't choose just one margarita flavor, this couple opted for four—watermelon-mint, smoky, classic, and pomegranate with habanero simple syrup.
The perfect garnish for this plum-infused Champagne cocktail was a bright red sliced plum.
Looking for a meaningful way to incorporate your furry friends into your big day? Name your signature drinks after them. These beverages were titled "The Stella" and "The Stanley" to honor the couple's two dogs.
This pretty-in-pink drink was created with lemon, raspberry, and vodka. Two skewered berries topped off the cocktail.
His and Hers
This duo served up two of their favorite drinks on their wedding day. The groom's drink of choice was an old fashioned while the bride opted for a mix of gin, St. Germain, and grapefruit juice.
To cater to all of their guests, this couple passed around two mocktails. One was a peach ginger soda; the other, a blackberry basil soda.
Field to Table Events dreamed up this couple's pear-and-vanilla-flavored margaritas.
Due to their mutual love for margaritas, this couple served two versions (including one spicy option) of the cocktail.
At this spring wedding in West Virginia, refreshing mint juleps (a regional classic) were served to keep attendees cool.
Wild hibiscus and vodka came together to form this duo's "Farmtini," which was named after their outdoor venue.
Two cocktails were made for this intimate celebration at the bride's family home. "Mama's Margarita" contained Epsilon tequila, Cointreau triple sec, lime juice, homemade simple syrup, and salt.
As a nod to the season (and the wedding's Christmas theme), Moscow mules were decorated with sugared cranberries skewered with a snowflake stirrer.
"The Montana" (a huckleberry vodka lemonade), "The Punta Mita" (a spicy margarita), and "The Colorado" (an old fashioned made with a Denver whiskey) represented three places that the couple loved the most.
Attendees could help themselves to two spiked beverages—a fizzy, fruity vodka punch and a citrus-infused G&T—from glass dispensers.
Cacti filled almost every inch of this Palm Spring wedding—the specialty sip was no exception. The "Cactus Cooler" was made with pink lemonade and vodka and accented with a sugar rim and lemon twist.
The "Rosemary Refresher," featuring grapefruit juice, a house-made rosemary syrup, and smoky reposado tequila, made for a custom twist on the classic drink. The libation also went by another name—the "Marriage Margarita."
A lavender sling was just one of the multiple signature sips offered during this pre-ceremony cocktail hour. Others included a blackberry thyme fizz, gin and cucumber, and bourbon peach cocktails.
Drawings of Kentucky mules and Manhattans were placed on the back of the bar to give guests a visual of these custom recipes.
A halved fig and fresh flower floated on top of blue-tinted Champagne. The drink's hue highlighted the event's color palette.
Watercolor tangerine markers denoted the different tasting notes in each type of rosé at this citrus-themed event.
Old fashioned cocktails and sangrias were displayed on top of wine barrels—a nod to the couple's vineyard proposal.
Halved strawberries decorated this duo's mix of peach and mango Bellini's and orange mimosas.
Mules and Manhattans
Attendees got a taste of New York at this Boulder, Colorado, wedding. The bride's signature drink of choice was a Manhattan; the groom opted for a Moscow mule.
Kir royales were served up in mismatched glasses at this eclectic-style event.
A Christmas-themed event calls for a seasonal cocktail. That's why this couple created their candy cane martinis with strawberry vodka, crème de menth, and cranberry juice. The beverage wasn't complete without a mini candy cane.
Tall glasses of gin and tonics were served in honor of the bride's late grandmother (they were her favorite drink!). For an added sentimental touch, drink stirrers with family photos garnished the beverages.
For color and a bit of whimsy, gold pom-pom stirrers, chevron straws, and cherries were added to this gin fizz.
These "farm to glass" margaritas from Rancho Pescadero got their vibrant hue from an unexpected ingredient—hibiscus. A spring of rosemary contrasted the drink's ruby color.
These newlyweds came up with two cocktails—Pimm's cups and mint juleps—to celebrate the blending of their American and British backgrounds.
Flutes of mimosas made with fresh-pressed fruit juices were offered at this Italian destination wedding.
Luxardo cherries and Bermudan ginger beer were added for an unexpected (but delicious!) take on the classic Moscow mule.
A Taste of Home
Because they weren't getting married in the United Kingdom (the two's home country), this couple wanted to have a touch of home at their French fete. Pimm's Cups, an English summer libation, seemed liked the perfect fix. They were served in glass yogurt jars with striped straws during cocktail hour.