Choosing Your Signature Cocktail

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One of the easiest ways to personalize your event (and save a little money by not serving a full bar) is a signature cocktail or two.  Most couples select one for the bride and one for the groom – with a fun name for each that shows the personality of the couple.  Your bartender can create large batches of the core ingredients, only garnishing it just before serving it to your guests.  Signature cocktails elevate your bar while driving down cost.

Here are our favorite cocktails for some of the more popular spirits!

Gin:

French 75 Punch (serves 8)

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The French 75 is a classic cocktail usually made with cognac, though gin is sometimes substituted, and that’s the spirit called for in this recipe.  It typically isn’t served as a punch but works quite well in this format.  Serve this fresh, fragrant, variation at any occasion that calls for toasting – like a wedding!

16 oz Gin (preferably a dry gin without any additives to the aromatics, such as rose petal and cucumber)

8 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice

6 oz Simple syrup (here’s a great recipe – don’t buy sugar water!)

½ tsp Orange bitters

32 oz Dry Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled

Ice balls (find a great ice ball maker here)

Orange wheels, for garnish

In a punch bowl or glass drink container, combine the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bitters and stir until thoroughly blended.  Stir in the ice balls until well chilled.  Ladle or pour punch into punch glasses, top with Champagne, and garnish with the orange wedge.

Rum:

Classic Daiquiri (serves 8)

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As the story goes, this classic cocktail was created in Cuba and named in honor of the nearby village of Daquiri.  Put away your blender for this one, though – we’re going back to the classic recipe!

12 oz White rum

6 oz Freshly squeezed lime juice (find a great lime juicer here)

6 oz Simple syrup

¼ Cup sugar

Ice Cubes

Lime wedges

Lime wheels, for garnish

In a punch bowl or glass drink container, combine the rum, lime juice, and simple syrup and stir until thoroughly combined.  To serve, rim the hi-ball glass with a lime wedge and dip in sugar on a plate until the sugar coats the rim of the glass.  Gently ladle or pour cocktail into rimmed glass, garnish with a lime wheel, and enjoy!

Tequila:

El Diablo (serves 8)

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El Diablo (Spanish for “the devil” is a classic tiki drink sassed up with ginger beer.  Crème De Cassis, a liqueur flavored with black currants, imparts an appropriately deep, devilish hue.

12 oz Silver tequila

6 oz Crème De Cassis

4 oz Freshly squeezed lime juice

16 oz Ginger beer (this one is the best)

Lime wheels, for garnish

In a punch bowl or glass drink container, combine the tequila, crème de cassis, and lime juice and stir until thoroughly blended.  Add the ice and stir well to chill.  To serve, pour into hi-balls or collins glasses, and garnish with a lime wheel.

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