For a couple who has thought of everything from writing their own vows to customizing each place setting, a “welcome drink” of lukewarm prosecco passed around on trays is just not going to cut it. Signature cocktails say so much about who you are as a couple, and they can make a massive impact in kicking off your reception in the most festive way possible… so don’t let the bar options disappoint. Choose signature cocktails that are inspired by your love story and show your personalities.
One wedding trend that’s become a classic staple in the wedding repertoire: ‘his’ and ‘hers’ cocktails. Most brides want to offer something refreshing and crisp with fruit or floral touches, where many grooms don’t want to feature anything too sweet or fruity—so offer one of each! Four Roses Bourbon is versatile enough to play well in either style of drink profile.
For the bride’s cocktail, consider the Four Roses Petal Pusher:
Created by mixologist Colleen Clarke, this is a spring/summer inspired cocktail with the bright, zesty flavors of grapefruit and also the chic botanical notes of lavender and fresh mint.
- 2 oz Four Roses Bourbon
- .5 oz lavender syrup
- .5 oz grapefruit juice
- 2 grapefruit wedges
- 4 dashes grapefruit bitters
- Splash of Italian red grapefruit soda
- Mint leaves
- Lavender sprig
Mix all in a shaker tin and muddle. Add ice, shake and double strain into a juice glass. Top with 1/2 oz organic Italian red grapefruit soda, and garnish with lavender stick and mint.
And for the groom’s cocktail, Four Roses Small Batch is perfect in a Black Manhattan:
This cocktail takes the traditional red vermouth used in a classic manhattan, and swaps it out for amaro instead. Amaro is an Italian liqueur flavored with a mix of citrus, barks, flowers, spices, roots, fruits and vegetables and adds a bitter, herbal and savory kick.
- 2 oz Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
- 1 oz amaro (recommended: Cynar)
- 2 dashes bitters
Put the bourbon, amaro and bitters in a cocktail mixing glass or small pitcher. Add ice and stir briskly until well-chilled, at least 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass over a large ice cube, and garnish with a dark cherry and orange twist.
Display a personalized menu card on your bar, so guests can see (and photograph) your creative cocktail offerings!
This is a guest post from Four Roses Bourbon.
Thursday, April 15, 2020