One of the best ways to keep your wedding budget on track is to tame the Bar Beast. You know, the “Ohmygodisthatthecostofanopenbarohmygod” Bar Beast. Because, let’s face it, cash bars at a wedding are simply tacky (and, as far as I am concerned – rude). So how does one handle the cost of an open bar without going broke? Two words…signature drink. Here are a few recipes for your special day.
Giddy Bridesmaid (This is a Wedding Punch, which is a great time-saver because it can be prepared ahead of time for a large group.)
750 ml extra-dry champagne
6 oz Cointreau or triple sec
6 oz orange juice
3 oz lime juice, unsweetened
4 oz brandy
1/2 cup sugar syrup
16 oz citrus-flavored club soda (optional)
Chill all ingredients. Dissolve sugar in orange juice. Combine everything except champagne and soda in large pitcher or bowl. Stir well. Add champagne and soda just before serving. Garnish with lemon, lime and orange slices.
Kir Royale (A timeless classic, which is elegant in its simplicity…and darn tasty I might add.)
1 part creme de cassis
5 parts Champagne
Pour the creme de cassis into a champagne flute. Gently pour champagne on top.
Caribbean Champagne (Pretend that you’re already on your sunny honeymoon…only your in-laws are still there! Better have another Caribbean Champagne!)
1/2 tsp white rum
1/2 tsp creme de bananes
5 1/2 oz chilled Champagne
Pour the white rum and creme de bananes into a champagne flute. Fill with champagne, and stir lightly. Garnish with a slice of banana.
If you feel like dishing up an adult-strength liquid dessert, try the Wedding Cake Cocktail (Tastes just like wedding cake…but is more likely to cause bad dancing.)
3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz Amaretto
1/4 oz orange juice
1/4 oz pineapple juice
1/4 oz cream
Blend ingredients with ice, and serve in a highball glass.
Choose a beer or wine that you love and then a signature drink. In addition to water and a few soda, that’s all you really need to make your guests happy. Signature drinks are great – they can match your wedding decor, or be named after the couple, or symbolize a special memory for the couple.