Welcome Drinks and Couples Cocktails

Set the tone of the day with a custom designed wedding cocktail inspired by the Bride and Groom.  It could be a sentimental choice, like what you were drinking when you first met to a drink that you both love.  Work with your caterer to design a concoction that’s uniquely yours for the day bringing together your personal tastes and personalities.  

A twist on a classic cocktail is also a fun way to bring something old and something new together.  The Champagne Cocktail, Bellini Manhattan, Mojito or Margarita are great places to start when designing your signature cocktail.

If your wedding menu is geared in a specific ethnic direction, enhancing the theme with a specialty cocktail is a great way to create excitement. Each season also represents unique opportunities to toast.  Hot Cinders and Hot chocolate drinks are a warm way to welcome guests in the winter months.  Fresh juice infusions and spiked milkshakes make for fun refreshing options in the Spring and Summer.

From the top, then left to right: Mojito, Bellini Manhattan, Margarita, and a Champagne Cocktail

Food and Drink Pairing:

Beyond the specialty cocktail, work with your caterer to design a beverage package that compliments the menu.  If you’re serving chicken, pairing it with a riesling sangria or white wine cocktail is best.  If you’re serving  steak or red meat, pair it with a dark spirit, such as a Scotch based cocktail or a customized Old Fashioned. If your menu is mostly fish or a vegetarian dish, couple the plate with something exotic, such as a fruit-infused caipirinha or Prosecco limoncello.

Relish Caterers’ Very Own Chicken Roulade with a Fresh Vegetable Medley Accompanied by a Riesling Sangria

What’s in a name?

Once you decide on the drink recipe, taste, preparation and garnish, the final (and most fun) next step is giving it a name that is truly your own.  Some easy ways to start your creative engine moving would be to focus on the primary ingredient and then adding your names.  Combo the drink name with your names, if you’re pet lovers, work your pet’s name into the drink name.  Mentioning the season or making reference to an inside couples joke in the name are also great ways to start a conversation among guests.   

Blushing Bride Cocktail: Vodka, Cranberry, & Orange Juice.
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