Creating Signature Cocktails

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Kelly & Chris - June 20th, 2015 - Vertias Winery

Let’s face it, your guests love you and your new husband or wife, and your ceremony may have brought them to beautiful happy tears. After the ceremony, your guests are waiting for that bar to open, and for the celebration to begin.
It’s been a huge trend lately, and a wonderful idea to create signature cocktails.
Having two (or more) choices for signature cocktails can help to add a more personal touch to a bar, and bring the bar staff and vibe more fully into the wedding. It’s your big day! Make it all about you two!

The key to creating your signature cocktails (and the difficult part) is finding a drink that can go to either side. You don’t want guests to feel as though they’re in a personal picking match for which cocktail to try. The idea is to have drinks available that speak boldy as individual bride and groom choices, but that are easy enough to drink that every guest could try both.


To make crowd pleasing easy, and have a drink that the typical call bar doesn’t offer, try making a seasonal sangria.
Sangria’s are a great way to add a lot of booze, a lot of color, and a comfortable flavor range for your guests.

As we’re approaching all of those fall events, try this recipe for a fall apple sangria:


At the end of the day, creating signature cocktails should be something fun for you and your spouse-to-be to create together.
Take a night off together, grab some bottles, or go to your favorite local cocktail lounge, and get some ideas.
Make a night out of it, have some drinks and build your ideas together.
Put some love in it. xoxo


Staff Picks


Evan’s Pick – New York Sour

“It’s a good, manly cocktail, and easy to create in large volumes”, says Evan Parker Pierce, manager at Peerless Events.
The New York Sour is easy to drink, and though geared towards the grooms side, can be easily drank by everyone at the party!
Evan suggests using Old Overholt Rye to get the best whiskey bang for your buck!

To make:
2 oz Old Overholt Rye Whiskey
1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
(recommend getting a hand juicer to have with your bar goods!)
1 oz simple syrup
Shake in shaker with ice
Strain in rocks glass over ice
Share with the boys


Abby’s Pick – Pomegranate Fig Sangria

“This cocktail is delicious, multi-seasonal, and the pomegranates compliment the wine beautifully. Pomegranates are also an age old aphrodisiac!”
A sangria, as you now know, is  great way to add a cocktail that goes a long way, but that can be customized with adding a few special ingredients. Adding figs and pomegranates is a beautiful way to add texture, color, and a fun feminine flair.
The fruits used aren’t too sweet, however, and the drink will work nicely for all guests (not too girly).

To make:
In a large pitcher, add sliced pomegranates, figs, and red apple
Top with cranberry juice (Abby suggests substituting out a semi-dry red wine) and a few splashes of brandy
(sangria doesn’t need exact amounts, you make it how you want! So, add some more brandy)
Top with a healthy pour of chilled prossecco
Stir well and serve chilled

This would work well in large batches, served out of pour spout decanters! Easy for your guests and the bar staff!


Savannah’s Pick – Grapefruit Elderflower Fizz

If you know me at all, a signature cocktail (any cocktail) has to involve champagne in some respect.
I wanted something easy to drink, easy to make, and something that has celebration written all over it.
Getting a nice dry brut would be the way to go for this cocktail, to balance the elderflower (on the sweet side).
This is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face, from bride to great grandma!

To make:

1 1/2 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 oz St Germain (elderflower liquor)
Top with a dry champagne
Garnish with a grapefruit twist

Cheers loves!


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