Signature Cocktails for Summer Weddings

Signature Cocktails for Summer Weddings

Want to surprise your guests with signature cocktails that show off your good taste and sophisticated style? We’re going to let you in on a secret that will spice up your wedding menu. 

Cocktail Spices from Addition! The brainchild of our dear friend and long-time colleague Christy Weber and her partner Matt Hemeyer, the Addition line of Cocktail Spices and Beer Sauce makes ordinary drinks instantly delicious and noteworthy. (No, this isn’t a sponsored post, we’re just huge fans.) The company has been featured in the Huffington Post, Rachel Ray Everyday, The New York Times, Us Weekly, Cool Hunting and more, and we think their products are the perfect fit for making a splash at your wedding.

Below you’ll find 3 unique recipes that will impress the most discerning cocktail connoisseurs along with advice on how you can design your own incredible concoctions using Cocktail Spices from Addition. 

Read on to find tips and recipes for creating the perfect signature cocktails for your summer wedding.

Recipe 1: The Instant Summer.  Play up the flavors of summertime! This drink combines the bright tropical flavors of pineapple and lime with smoky mezcal, spicy habanero and light, herbal sage. So much better than the expected Piña-Colada, this recipe will give your guests something to talk about on a sunny summer day.

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The Instant Summer with Addition’s Sage and Habanero Cocktail Spices

          

Instant Summer 

2 oz Mezcal

1 oz Damiana

1 oz Pineapple juice

1/4 oz Fresh lime juice

1/4 oz Agave syrup

2 blasts* Sage Cocktail Spice

1 blast* Habanero Cocktail Spice

Ice 

Lime or Pineapple Wedge for garnish

 

Instant Summer (non-alcoholic option)

4 oz Pineapple juice

1 oz Fresh lime juice

1/2 oz Agave syrup

2 blasts Sage Cocktail Spice

1 blast Habanero Cocktail Spice OR 1 blast Chipotle for a smoky heat

Ice

Pineapple wedge for garnish

 

* a blast is a measurement describing one eyedropper of Cocktail Spice – approx. 25 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, then fill with ice. 

Cover and shake for 15 seconds. 

Strain into a rocks glass over ice, and garnish with a slice of pineapple or a lime wedge.

 

Recipe 2: Tarragon and Thai Green Chili Moscow Mule.  Add this twist to a popular favorite! This take on a classic Moscow Mule uses a touch of tarragon and Thai green chili to amp up the ginger's complexity and give the drink a delicious kick! 

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Tarragon and Thai Green Chili Moscow Mule made with Cocktail Spices from Addition

 

Tarragon and Thai Green Chili Moscow Mule

2 oz Vodka

3 oz Ginger beer

1/2 oz Fresh lime juice

2 blasts Tarragon Cocktail Spice

1-2 blasts Thai Green Chili Cocktail Spice

Ice

Lime wheel for garnish

 

Tarragon and Thai Green Chili Virgin Mule (non-alcoholic option)

5 oz Ginger beer

1/2 oz Fresh lime juice

2 blasts Tarragon Cocktail Spice

1-2 blasts Thai Green Chili Cocktail Spice

Ice

Lime Wheel

 

* a blast is a measurement describing one eyedropper of Cocktail Spice – approx. 25 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Fill a copper mug or rocks glass with ice.

Add Vodka, Tarragon Cocktail Spice and Thai Green Chili Cocktail Spice.

Top with Ginger Beer and give a little stir.

Garnish with lime wheel.

 

Recipe 3:  Rosemary Cucumber Gin Spritz.  Celebrate summer with a splash bubbly! Sparkling wine always feels celebratory, and this light and refreshing cucumber rosemary spritz has a summer garden wedding written all over it. The cucumber and lemon juice ignite your taste buds and the blast of Rosemary adds complexity that takes your signature cocktail to the next level.

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Rosemary Cucumber Gin Spritz made with Addition’s Rosemary Cocktail Spice

 

Rosemary Cucumber Gin Spritz

1 oz Gin

1/2 oz Cucumber juice

1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz Simple syrup

1 blast Rosemary Cocktail Spice

4 oz Prosecco or sparkling wine

Ice

Cucumber ribbon for garnish

 

Rosemary Cucumber Spritz  (non-alcoholic option)

1 oz Cucumber juice

1/2 oz Simple syrup

1 blast Rosemary Cocktail Spice

4 oz Club soda

Ice

Cucumber ribbon for garnish

 

* a blast is a measurement describing one eyedropper of Cocktail Spice – approx. 25 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Add Gin, Cucumber juice, Lemon juice, Simple syrup and Rosemary Cocktail Spice to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. 

Cover and shake for approximately 15 seconds. 

Strain into a large ice-filled wine glass. 

Top with 4 oz. Prosecco, then gently stir and garnish with cucumber ribbon.

 

How to make your own signature cocktail:

What do you and your partner love to drink? If you have go-to cocktails, start with those as your base and simply layer in complementary flavors to truly make them your own.

Love an Old Fashioned? Try adding Black Pepper or Cardamom. Margaritas? Spice them up with Jalapeño or Habanero. Gin & Tonics? Play up the gin’s botanicals with Pink Pepper or Szechuan Pepper. Dirty martinis? How about a Filthy Dirty martini? And if you’re more of a beer drinker, offer your guests Original, Smoky or Extra Spicy Beer Sauce to turn any light beer into something special. 

Once you’ve found your favorite flavor combinations, now it’s time for the name! Have fun crafting personalized names for each drink, and be sure to showcase them on a menu at the bar so your guests can delight in their options. Cheers!

Looking for more wedding planning tips? Check out our blog posts with ten tips every couple should know, and find out how to make a grand entrance, cut your cake, and make your first dance memorable.