12 Signature Wedding Drink Ideas That Are Sure To Make For A Spirited Reception

As part of the bridal party, I was once asked what I wanted my signature wedding cocktail to be. "I don't know. I love Bloody Marys, so, how about... the Bloody Marion?" Yeah, I learned pretty quickly that joke was much funnier shelved upstairs in the amusingly dark catacombs of my mind. But I digress.

What I'm trying to say is, signature wedding cocktails are totally a thing, and you should have them at your idyllic bash. Do you love bourbon? Great! Serve bourbon lemonade. Are you more of a gin drinker? Perfect! Add some grapefruit, lime, and cilantro, and toast the night away. Whatever your poison, I've assembled a list of 12 signature wedding cocktails here, which are sure to please all bridal attendants and wedding guests alike — whether they're a fan of bad cocktail puns or knot... err, not.

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Champagne Mojitos

Foodie Crush adds extra herbal zest to these bubbly mojitos, garnishing them with freshly torn Thai basil and mint leaves.

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Grapefruit Gin & Tonic With Cilantro

Did you know that gin is distilled with a rather long list of botanicals including fennel seeds, grapefruit peel, and cilantro seeds? Precisely why Food & Style mixes her celebratory gin and tonics with refreshing grapefruit juice and freshly torn cilantro leaves.

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Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade

A product of the creative cocktailing genius that is Crepes of Wrath, this festive fruity lemonade is the obvious solution for the bourbon lover who is looking to go a little more lighthearted than the usual old fashioned.

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Jack & Ginger Cocktail

Why serve store-bought ginger ale when you can learn how to make the super simple au natural version via Climbing Grier Mountain? Just mix ginger simple syrup with a squeeze of lemon or lime and tonic water. Add a splash of bourbon, and boom, homemade Jack & ginger.

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Pineapple Mint Julep

How does one make the perfect pineapple mint julep? According to How Sweet It Is, the key is crushed (not cubed) ice. Garnish with a mint leaf, and sweetly reflect on all that is holy matrimony.

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Vanilla Lemonade

Infused with fresh lemon peel and vanilla beans, this lovely lemonade cocktail serves as the perfect color complement to any bridal gown. Get the recipe from Simply Scratch.

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Champagne + Fruity Ice Cubes

Add a burst of color to your first toast with some fruity ice cubes. Domestic Fits makes her cubes with freshly squeezed blood orange juice, but get this — it’s your wedding — you can choose any juice you like!

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Peach Tea Punch

There’s no need for a full bar when you can make festive cocktails by the jug. See how Simply Delicious makes their crowd-pleasing peach tea punch using only six ingredients.

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Mango Sorbet Daiquiri Floats

Dessert table meets bar cart in this mango sorbet dunked rum daiquiri, courtesy of Blogging Over Thyme.

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The Mamie Taylor

Are you hosting a Downtown Abbey-themed wedding? No? Serve Mamie Taylors anyway! This sparkling 20th century refresher is made with rye whiskey, fresh lime, and spicy ginger beer. Think springtime dark and stormy. (And thank Five and Spice for the throwback recipe.)

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Mixed Berry Vodka Spritzers

In the words of Cooking for Keeps blogger Nicole, “Who throws a party and doesn’t make a drink from scratch?” Amen, Nicole, amen. Check out her signature vodka berry champagne concoction here. Then garnish that little piece of business with a sprig of mint.

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Chocolate-Raspberry Champagne Floats

Cake is seriously overrated. Get your chocolate fix in booze form via these decadently delicious chocolate-raspberry champagne floats a la Parsely, Sage, & Sweet.

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