Alcoholic celebrations aren’t for everyone, but for others, it isn’t a party without a few spirits. If you’re looking to add a twist to your wedding reception, you certainly aren’t without choices. But, considering the options, you may be left wondering what kind of bar, exactly, to serve up? Do you go with you and your future spouse’s favorite drink, or do you try to appeal to your guests? No matter what you decide, here are 5 drink ideas — with a little kick — guaranteed to quench your thirst.
Freshen Up with Coconut Rum Frozen Lemonade
Lemonade made our non-alcoholic list, and for good reason. This classic is a party favorite, and you can easily turn this crowd pleaser into a delicious cocktail using minimal ingredients.
There are many ways to make this simple drink, but one of the easiest is to simply blend ice, coconut rum, and lemonade. Some might prefer the extra taste of pineapple juice or
Sprite mixed in the cocktail. Go ahead and test out the different options before your big day!
Keep it classy and cool with a lime centerpiece or garnish. Serve it up in a mason jar for a rustic touch.
Go International — Before the Honeymoon
Alcohol can get expensive. If you’re looking for something that’s both different and budget-friendly, consider trying a kalimotxo (pronounced cal-ee-mo-cho). While incredibly popular in Spain, this drink hasn’t quite had the same success in the states just yet.
To get started, take a glass with ice and add equal parts red wine and a cola-based soda. That’s it. This simple beverage might sound a little unusual, but it’s incredibly refreshing — particularly if you’re planning a summer wedding. Kalimotxo is often garnished with a lemon slice, or you can elevate it with a lime twist or a splash of blackberry liqueur. This cocktail often works well paired with food, so it’s a great option to serve during dinner.
Yes, You Can Still Have a Coffee or Cocoa Bar
Coffee and cocoa stands are incredibly popular at receptions, but you don’t have to skimp on the alcohol if you’ve chosen to have one at your wedding reception. Serve up the classic variety of toppings and options for either choice, such as marshmallows or syrups, but throw in some bourbon, dark rum, Baileys Irish Cream, or Kahlúa, as well.
This is a particularly fun option since all of your guests (and any children in attendance) can enjoy a fun drink with or without alcohol.
Don’t forget the personalized cup sleeves!
Shake Up Your Tea
Refreshing in the summer, but just as enjoyable year-round, spike iced black tea with some old favorites, like bourbon, whiskey, or Southern Comfort, and garnish the drink with a fresh lemon.
For a fruity experience, try adding vodka and a bit of peach schnapps, along with real peach slices right in the dispenser. You might also enjoy mint, or even turn your tea into a sangria by adding sugar and moscato wine.
Have Fun With Signature Cocktails
One great way to really personalize your drink menu is with a make-your-own his & hers signature cocktail bar. Divide your serving table in half, with one side for you, and one side for your spouse. Place decorative signs (such as chalkboards) displaying you and your soon-to-be spouse’s favorite cocktails and describe how to make them. Include the ingredients under each person’s sign. You may even want to include a few more ingredients so that your guests can add their own twists to your signature drinks.
For an additional bit of fun, decorate the individual sides of the table to match you and your spouse. Use your side to show off photos of you and things that are important to you, while doing the same with your spouse’s side. If you really want to get the party going, consider holding a mixed cocktail contest, in which your guests can try to come up with the tastiest way to mix you and your spouse’s signature together (though you may want to appoint a taste-tester for this one)!
It’s Your Day — Serve Your Drinks!
This is, of course, your special day, so don’t be afraid to serve what you want! Whether you prefer your drinks with a kick, or without the alcohol, you may want to try out a bunch of different recipes or ideas before deciding on the one that is perfect for your reception. After all, your drink menu is yet another element of your big day, and you want it to be just right.
Did you try out one of our tasty drink suggestions? Have another drink idea entirely? Let us know in the comments!