There are some wedding-planning tasks that are equal parts exciting and daunting. Settling on the perfect signature cocktail to serve at your wedding can often feel that way. While most of us like to believe we're amateur mixologists, the options for a well-crafted wedding signature cocktail are endless and can feel overwhelming. What's more, it's hard to narrow in on one that seamlessly fits your style and personality. Thankfully, we've crafted a guide to helping you decide on a signature sip based on this season's chart-topping books.
Whether you love to read dramatic historical fictions or contemporary non-fiction selections, we have the one stop shop guide to finding your perfect wedding signature cocktail, all based on your current bedside read! From fruity and fun to brilliantly bitter, your guests are sure to love these quintessentially literary sips.
The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah
If you were a fan of Hannah's The Nightingale, you'll find yourself racing through The Great Alone. Consider serving a spiked hot cocoa, perfect for the cold Alaskan tundra or a bespoke fall wedding, if you love this new release. This white chocolate hot cocoa with coconut and rum is a must-have. Still a fan of Hannah's classic? Then a French 75 is a non-negotiable for your signature cocktail selection. (Try this recipe for a Celery French 75 for a twist on the original!)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Without giving too much away, know that the little orange peel slice in a delicious Old Fashioned is the perfect fire-inspired way to pay homage to Celeste Ng's latest page turner.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur
It may have originally been published in 2014, but the paperback version of this poetic hit has heated up charts this year. If you loved it, consider serving a toasted almond and honey milk toddy for a fresh twist on warming winter sips, or opt for hot buttered rum instead.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
If you're an avid Atwood fan, then a complex, sharp, and somewhat brooding drink is the way to go. Consider a Negroni with the compelling flavors of Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth. Or, if you're feeling a little more wild consider the plum Negroni or it's more unique cousin, the Boulevardier.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This riveting and intertwined World War II tale deserves an equally beautiful, yet complex, signature cocktail offering. Consider a fresh twist on the old standby gin and tonic by serving a cucumber and mint gin and tonic. It's fresh and delicious, just like Doerr's writing, which continues to top the paperback charts.
Still Me by Jojo Moyes
If you found yourself loving the third installation in the Me Before You trilogy, consider twist on a classic Big Apple-inspired cocktail like a Maple Manhattan.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Red wine is a staple of this thriller, and it can certainly be the drink of choice at your wedding, too. Want something more summery? Rosé will work! Either way, know that your signature drink doesn't have to be a cocktail at all—your favorite wine or beer works just as well.