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Signature Seasonal Cocktails For Your Holiday Wedding

Posted on December 18, 2020 by Allison Dupree

When planning your holiday wedding, you want to make sure that all of the details coincide with your theme. And that doesn’t exclude your signature cocktail for your big day! We can’t vouch for how all of these taste, but they sure do look festive!

Pro Tip– If you are planning to do a special drink for your wedding day, make sure you taste it a few times with the ingredients exactly the same as it would be before your big day. Different alcohols or even seltzers might make all the difference in the way the drink tastes!

RosĂ© isn’t just for the summer! If you’re planning a winter wedding, be sure to stop at your local wine seller and ask about winter rosĂ© options. There are so many to choose from and will really stand out from your typical red and white options.

Mirabeau Wine

– Sangria is one of the easiest and most popular drinks for a wedding. A festive Christmas Sangria from The Sassy Southern is the best way to bring this tasty cocktail into your holiday wedding!

Christmas Sangria, The Sassy Southern


2 Green Apples; Chopped

2 Cups of Fresh Cranberries

½ Cup of Granulated Sugar

1 Bunch of Rosemary

1 Bottle of Moscato

1 Bottle of Sparkling Apple Cider

Directions: Chop green apples into small pieces. Add all but a few of the pieces of green apple to the bottom of your drink pitcher. You will use the other pieces for garnish. Rinse the cranberries in a colander and immediately roll a handful in sugar. Set aside the sugared cranberries to use for the garnish and add all cranberries except the sugared cranberries to the pitcher. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to crush some of the fruit in the bottom of the pitcher. Pour in the moscato and the sparkling apple cider. Rim your champagne glasses with sugar and fill with the sangria. Add a few of the sugared cranberries and apple pieces to the top of cocktail. Garnish each glass with one piece of rosemary.

– Moscow Mules are still one of the most popular drinks in the bar scene, so why not have one at your wedding. Transforming this cocktail into a festive drink is as easy as adding some cranberry! This recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats also calls for rosemary infused vodka (don’t worry, they provide the recipe for that too), but if that’s not your thing then simply substitute that out for some regular vodka!

Cranberry Moscow Mule, Joyful Healthy Eats


1.5 oz rosemary infused vodka

1.5 oz cranberry juice

Juice of half a lime

Âľ cup ginger beer

Crushed ice

Directions: To a copper mug, add crushed ice, infused rosemary vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, and ginger beer. Stir and serve!

-For a tasty treat towards the end of the night, Salted Caramel White Russians from Kate La Vie might be the perfect option. Its sweet and delicious, and extremely festive!

Salted Caramel White Russians, Kate La Vie


Salted caramel sauce


Salt flakes

25ml (one shot) Salted Caramel Irish Cream

25ml Amaretto

75ml (3 shots) of half and half

Directions: Take the caramel sauce and use a teaspoon to slightly drizzle it in the glass, while slowly turning the glass so you get a nice swirled effect. Fill the glass with ice. Next, add your liquid ingredients to your cocktail shaker, along with a few cubes of ice. Shake well and strain in to the glasses. Garnish with a spring of rosemary, a bit of chocolate or even a candy cane!

-The White Chocolate Snowflake Martini, found on Lulus blog, is a beautiful cocktail to be served with your passed desserts. An added benefit of this drink is that it’s white so if you splash a little on your dress, no one would know!

White Chocolate Snowflake Martini, Lulus


2 oz. vanilla vodka

2 oz. Godiva white chocolate liqueur

1 oz. creme de cacao

1 oz. half & half

1 Lemon Wedge

Sanding Sugar

Directions: Cut a half-inch slit into the lemon wedge and rub it around the rim of the glass. Pour sanding sugar into a shallow dish then dip the rim in the sugar to coat evenly. Gently shake off excess sugar. Add the vodka, chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, and half and half into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain mixture into glass.

-Whether it’s for the morning of, brunch the next day or even a light entrance drink, these cranberry mimosas from Stress Baking are a seasonal twist on a classic drink!

Cranberry Mimosa, Stress Baking


1/2 cup cranberry juice

1 cup champagne

Sparkling sugar, for garnish

Fresh cranberries, for garnish

Directions: Rim champagne glasses with a little water and then dip in sparking sugar. Pour 1/4 cup cranberry juice in a champagne glass. Add the champagne. Top with a few fresh or frozen cranberries and serve immediately

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