Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Six Signature Fall Wedding Cocktails

Looking for a signature cocktail that your wedding guests will truly enjoy? Check out these six awesome libations that are a perfect mix for your fall celebration!

1. Apple Cider Margarita

Apple Cider Margarita  For a fiesta wedding set in the fall, here’s a tequila-based cider drink that will get everyone on the dance floor.

What You Need
1 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz gold tequila
5-6 oz sweet apple cider
Orange segments and apple slices
Cinnamon, cane sugar, coarse sugar for glass rimming
Cinnamon sticks for garnish

How To Make It
1. Add a few spoonfuls of cane sugar, coarse sugar and cinnamon to a plate. Run an orange segment around the edge of the glass, then press into the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat the rim.
2. Add a few orange slices in the bottom of the glass, fill with ice, then add the Grand Marnier, tequila and apple cider and stir to mix.
3. Garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

2. Lavender Whiskey Sour

This recipe for lavender whiskey sour was featured in the Fall 1999 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.

What You Need
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup dried lavender
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 ounces whiskey
Fresh lavender sprig, for garnish

How To Make It
1. Bring sugar and 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring, until sugar has dissolved.
2. Reduce heat to low and add lavender. Cover and let steep 15 minutes.
3. Strain mixture into a large pitcher.
4. To make lavender whiskey sour, mix together 2 ounces whiskey and 1 tablespoon syrup.
5. Serve over ice; garnish with fresh lavender.

3. Pumpkin Pie Martini

Pumpkin Pie Martini Signature Drink Recipe - Perfect for autumn or fall themed weddings, parties and events!

What You Need
1.5 oz. pecan liqueur
1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
2 ounces milk
0.5 tablespoon pumpkin puree
Pinch of pumpkin pie spice
1 graham cracker, ground (optional for garnish)

How To Make It
1. If desired rim your martini glass with ground graham cracker.
2. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice.
3. Shake until chilled and pour into your chilled martini glass.

4. Caramel Appletini

Caramel Appletini Wedding Signature Drink Recipe

What You Need
1 oz. of Baileys® Irish Cream with a Hint of Caramel Flavor
0.5 oz. Smirnoff® Green Apple Flavored Vodka
1 tsp. Caramel
1 Apple Slice

How To Make It
1. Shake Baileys, vodka and caramel in an ice-filled shaker until chilled.
2. Rim the glass with caramel.
3. Strain into a pre-chilled martini glass and garnish with the apple slice.

5. Pomegranate Champagne

See the "Pomegranate Champagne" in our Cozy Cocktails: Signature Drinks for Fall Weddings gallery

What You Need
1 1/4 cups chilled fresh pomegranate juice (from 3 pomegranates)
1 1/2 ounces chilled Cointreau liqueur
1 chilled bottle (375 milliliters) Champagne
Fresh pomegranate seeds, for garnish
How To Make It
1. In a pitcher, mix juice, liqueur, and Champagne.
2. Pour into flutes, and garnish with frozen pomegranate seeds.

6. Spiced Hot Apple Cider

The best signature cocktail for your fall wedding? Spiced apple cider!!

What You Need
1 Tablespoon Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
8 oz Hot apple cider
3 ounces bourbon or dark rum
Sweetened whipped cream
Caramel sauce

How To Make It
1. Pour the Cinnamon Syrup into the bottom of a large mug.
2. Combine bourbon or dark rum with hot cider.
3. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.

Devour the details with these signature cocktails and have your guests cheers-ing all night long!

Signature cocktails for the bride + groom.

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