Though not every couple chooses to serve alcohol at their reception, the vast majority do and getting it right is very important. If you’re looking for a classy addition to the traditional beer and wine at your reception bar, you can’t go wrong with a signature cocktail. You can have a refreshing cocktail that matches your wedding colors, ties into your wedding theme, or is just something to give guests who are thirsty to try something new. For our latest roundup of wedding cocktails, we’ve split the list into seasonal drinks, three for each season. Whether you’re having a white winter wedding or a sultry summer reception, you’re sure to find something to refresh your guests.
Hot White Chocolate with Rum
This hot chocolate with a twist is sure to warm up even the chilliest guest. The white chocolate, peppermint, and cinnamon provide the sweetness, while the rum gives it a kick to keep the reception going.
This wintry cocktail has a shot of bourbon to warm your guests up, with the sweetness of cranberry juice and lemon syrup to provide a sugary boost for the rest of the evening.
Not all winter drinks have to be warm. This martini has a mint sprig to add a winter chill, with raspberries to keep it light and refreshing, but it floats on a nice warming shot of vodka.
When we think spring weddings, we think champagne brunch receptions. Supercharge the usual mimosas by swapping the orange juice for peach schnapps and grenadine. It kicks a little harder than a mimosa while not sacrificing the sweet fizziness of the classic drink.
It’s not quite margarita season in spring, but you can get an early start on a tequila-based cocktail with this light, refreshing drink. The delicate pink color and fruity flavor mask the wallop of two different types of tequila within.
Pomegranate Pear Dazzler
Pear vodka and pomegranate juice make this delicious spring cocktail really pop. Take it over the top with a garnish of edible glitter and a single rose petal.
Fresh fruit, wine, and brandy combine to make a potent punch that’s great for a hot summer day. It’s perfect for sipping all afternoon during a lazy evening reception.
Fire & Passion
If you’re having a tropical summer wedding, you can’t go wrong with the burst of passion fruit from this cocktail. It’s basically a screwdriver with a tropical twist, served over crushed ice for maximum chill.
Add a dash of old-school Southern charm to your wedding with this classic cocktail. Crushed ice and mint make for a cool finish, but beware: this one’s got enough whiskey to put down even the grandest Southern Belle.
Nothing says fall like hot apple cider. This cocktail kicks it up a notch with mulling spices and apple chunks, then adds some wine for a grown-up twist (you can also substitute rum instead of the wine).
Pumpkin Spice Martini
Fall just wouldn’t be Fall without pumpkin spice everything. So why shouldn’t your signature cocktail have a helping of nutmeg and cinnamon in it? This martini’s a sweet treat that goes perfectly with falling leaves and a nip in the air.
This drink combines maple syrup, blood orange, and apple cider with a shot of rye whiskey to make a flavor combination that is undeniably time for autumn. Even the orange and red of the drink look like falling leaves.
Whatever season in the year your wedding will be taking place, there’s a perfect wedding cocktail to keep your reception party rolling well into the evening. Bottoms up!