Vibrant colors and fresh ingredients are a fabulous way to create a standout signature wedding cocktail for spring. Use in season fruits like strawberries and rhubarb to create sweeter cocktails. If you prefer something with a little more richness, serve a cocktail with fresh herbs. Share your favorite local ingredients with guests by adding them to your cocktail. Or add a unique edible garnish.
Add a monogrammed drink stirrer, use personalized napkins, or give your drink a creative name to make it feel more like you. Or create an escort card display with the drinks and put each guest’s name on a glass. The most important thing is to make it’s true to who you are.
Wedding Signature Cocktails
One of the misconceptions about signature cocktails is that it has to be something brand new. But the purpose of a signature cocktail is to share your personality with your guests. If you’re someone who always orders a classic cocktail, don’t be afraid to serve that as your signature cocktail.
There are tons of ways to create a spring signature cocktail that perfectly represents you and your groom. Whether you like the classics or want to create your own, here are 10 spring inspired cocktails that will wow your guests.
Simple Signature Wedding Drinks
01. Blood Orange Gin & Tonic (image via White on Rice Couple)
The classic cocktails are classic for a reason, but sometimes it’s okay to shake things up. The blood orange gin & tonic is a fun way to put your own spin on the traditional gin and tonic. Blood oranges are sweeter than regular oranges and a stunning rich, dark pink color. This is a perfect drink for you if you’re using shades of pink in your color palette.
02. French 75 (image via Cookie + Kate)
A celebratory occasion calls for a bubbly cocktail. And nothing says classic celebration cocktail better than a French 75. The gin’s herbal notes are the perfect match for the citrusy lemon notes. It’s light and refreshing which makes it perfect for those warm spring days. Add a splash of elderflower liqueur to give it more of a floral taste or add a splash of raspberry for extra sweetness.
03. Blackberry Basil Soda (image via Monin)
One way to make sure all your guests feel included in the cocktail hour fun is to serve a refresher. Whether it’s kids or guests who choose not to imbibe, you don’t want to make them feel excluded. Having a festive cocktail they can enjoy will make them feel like they can be a part of the fun. A blackberry basil soda is sweet, herbaceous and has a beautiful color! It’s easy to add a splash of vodka or gin for guests who want an “adult” version.
04. Pimm’s Cup (image via Food & Wine)
If you’re looking for a simple signature wedding drink you can make ahead of time, try a Pimm’s cup. It marries the sweetness of apples, mint, and orange with the freshness of cucumber and lemon. If you or your groom prefer earthier style cocktails, you can add a splash of your favorite local beer for a unique twist.
05. Aperol Spritz (image via Celebrating Sweets)
As more couples host destination and outdoor weddings, pre-ceremony cocktail hours are becoming more popular. It eases the awkwardness of guests standing around, not knowing what to do or where to go before the festivities start. It’s a great way to get your guests mingling.
With this breathtaking scenery, superb food, and charming venues, Italy is becoming a sought-after wedding destination. The afternoon tradition is to join friends and family for an Aperol Spritz. Serving a light cocktail like an Aperol Spritz, especially during a pre-ceremony cocktail hour, is a fun, unexpected way to get the party started!
This basil ‘n’ bourbon cocktail is perfect for someone who wants something a little stronger and not super sweet. The lime gives it a bit of a zing and the bourbon adds an earthy richness. Simple syrup provides a touch of unexpected sweetness. This simple wedding drink is a great option when you’re doing his and hers cocktails. Pair it with a sweeter, lighter cocktail to ensure there’s something for everyone.
06. Strawberry Lemonade (image via Dinner at the Zoo)
There’s something about a strawberry lemonade that reminds you of childhood. The fresh strawberries and tart lemon are a classic combination. This would be a great simple signature wedding drink for a casual, afternoon wedding. It can be made ahead of time so your guests don’t have to wait for the bartender to make it. And you can add in vodka to create an adult version. It’s a simple signature wedding drink that everyone can sip on.
08. Rhubarb Margarita (image via A Farmgirl’s Dabbles)
Rhubarb, which is actually a vegetable, isn’t all that common in cocktails. But when you turn it into a syrup, it’s sweet and pairs beautifully with zesty lime juice. This margarita is the perfect blend of sweet and tart. Not to mention it’s a stunning color! A rhubarb margarita is perfect signature cocktail to highlight an underutilized spring veggie.
09. Aviation Cocktail (image via Liquor)
Nothing says spring more than flowers blooming. Made with Crème de violette, the Aviation cocktail is the perfect spring inspired signature wedding cocktail. Laced with lovely floral notes, it’s a fun way to get your guests to try new ingredients. If you’re an adventurous person when it comes to ingredients, having a signature cocktail with new ingredients definitely highlights your personality.
10. Ginger Peach Soda (image via Epicurious)
For a late spring or early summer wedding, a ginger peach soda is a tasty signature drink. It’s a delicious way to way to incorporate fresh and local ingredients into your wedding day. It’s sweet, it’s tart, and it’s a drink everyone can enjoy, whether they’re imbibing or not. If you want to give guests the option to make an adult version, you can peach vodka instead of the peach juice.