Champagne is most generally used in “The Toast” during most receptions. Step outside the lines of the Norm, Replace tradition wines and champagne with a little Liquid Art. Spark a fire with one of these Signature Cocktails at your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner this year.
Signature Drinks are nothing new to Formal Events, However styles and usages are quite different than that of your Mother and Fathers day of Bliss. Today’s recipes offer a wide variety of scents, tastes and artistic design that’s sure to please even the toughest critic. Best of all no mixology skills are needed to create any one of these
1/4 ripe pear, pieced
1/4 oz. lemon juice
1/4 oz. syrup – see recipe below
1/2 oz. Vanilla Liqueur
3 oz. Moet & Chandon White Star Champagne
Step One: Mix pear pieces, lemon and syrup in a medium size mixing bowl.
Step Two: Add in Vanilla Liqueur, Champagne, Moet
Step Three: Give a quick mix, Strain into measuring cup.
Step Four: Pour into chilled champagne flutes.
Step Five: Garnish with a slice of pear, Pears can be dusted with sugar or Edible Silver Leaf for added sparkle. ( available at most bakery supply and crafting stores)
1 ounce +(2 tablespoons) citrus-flavored vodka
1 ounce + (2 tablespoons) Raspberry-Infused Vodka
1/2 ounce + (1 tablespoon) Chambord
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon Syrup – see recipe below
2 tablespoons cranberry juice
Step One: Fill the cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes .
Step Two: Add Citrus-flavored & Raspberry vodkas to shaker filled with ice.
Step Three: Pour Chambord, lime juice, syrup and cranberry juice into shaker with
Step Four: Replace shaker cap, Shake until well blended and chilled.
Step Five: Strain shaker contents into a martini glass.
Step Six: Garnish each drink with fresh raspberries , For color contrast add a mint
leaf if you desire.
* Repeat above steps for desired amount of servings.
Old-Fashioned Sour Cherry Kisses
Serves : 6
24 frozen sour cherries
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup whiskey
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons kirsch
Step One : Place cherries into a heat safe bowl, set to the side.
Step Two: On the stove top place water & sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil.
Step Three: Pour over cherries. Allow to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate
Step Four: Drain cherries ,saving the syrup for later use.
Step Five: Push 4 cherries onto each skewer.
Step Six: Mixing 3 drinks at a time: Pour 6 tablespoons whiskey, 3 tablespoons
kirsch, and 4 ½ teaspoons of the reserved syrup into the cocktail shaker 3/4 filled with
Step Seven: Shake then pour into chilled glasses. Garnish with skewered cherries add
in 2 -3 strips of lemon zest.
Step Eight: Repeat Steps 1-7 for remaining drinks.
Lavender Whiskey Sour
2 ounces whiskey
1 tablespoon Lavender sour syrup – see recipe below
Step One: Fill an 8-ounce glass with ice;
Step Two: Add whiskey to glass filled with ice.
Step Three: Pour in lavender sour syrup, stir
Step Four: Garnish drinks with a fresh Lavender sprig gently dropped into the glass.
Lavender Sour Syrup:
2 cups water
2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Dried Lavender
Step One: On the stove top using medium heat bring sugar and water to a boil, reduce heat to low when sugar is fully dissolved.
Step two: Stain mixture to remove Lavender pieces into a pitcher, refrigerate until ready to use.
2 cups of Water
2 cups of Sugar
Step one: On stove top using medium heat, bring water and sugar to a rolling boil, reduce heat to low and cook until all sure is dissolved.
Step two: Pour into Pitcher or Jar until ready to use. refrigerate until ready to use.
Sources: Martha Stewart & Herb N Ewe