40 Signature Drink Ideas for Your Wedding

  • Publication date: 02/16/2024
  • Updated: 02/16/2024

Weddings are joyous occasions filled with laughter, dancing, and of course - drinks! Providing signature cocktails is a fun way for couples to express their style and give guests a memorable treat. Though specialty drinks for wedding receptions have become popular recently, the tradition of serving personalized potions dates back centuries. Historically, each component was thought to symbolize wishes for the newlyweds' future. While interpretations have modernized, signature drinks remain a creative element couples enjoy incorporating.

Is it a Must to Serve Signature Drinks for Weddings

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Offering personalized signature wedding drinks at your wedding, while not mandatory, can be a thoughtful way to make the event distinctly yours. More than just tasty drinks, these handcrafted potions allow a couple to express their style and passions through the ingredients, presentation, and names. For guests, they provide a window into who the newlyweds are as a couple. Friends and family will appreciate these imaginative details.

Another benefit is how signature sips help reinforce the wedding's overall mood and aesthetic. They become an anchor point strengthening the theme. Additionally, these photo-worthy concoctions give guests exciting new props for social media posts. 

Lastly, signature beverages encourage memorable mingling moments. Guests swap drinks to sample each other's, sparking conversations. Trying new flavors together is a fun icebreaker. While not a must, infusing personalized panache into the drinks menu through signature cocktails is a creative way to bring joy and meaning to your matrimonial festivities.

How to Choose Signature Cocktails for a Wedding

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Deciding on the perfect signature wedding drinks requires some forethought and creativity. These personalized drinks set the tone for your reception and make it truly unique. When conceptualizing your specialty cocktails, consider the wide range of options and let your tastes inspire you. We've outlined some helpful tips below to guide you in curating the ideal selection of signature drinks for your wedding celebration.

  1. Consider Your Style: Think about the overall vision for your wedding when choosing signature cocktails. Is it elegant and classic or fun and quirky? Focus on drinks that will complement the vibe.
  2. Pick Meaningful Flavors: Incorporate ingredients with sentimental significance. Use favorite spirits or juices from a memorable vacation to add personal symbolism. Share memories connected to the flavors and why they perfectly suit your wedding.
  3. Accommodate Dietary Needs: Be sure selections cater to guests with various dietary requirements. Provide low-alcohol, nonalcoholic, gluten-free, or vegan options. List specific dietary needs of your loved ones you want to accommodate.
  4. Compliment Season and Setting: Tailor drinks to the season and wedding backdrop. Citrus drinks suit summer weddings. Warm bourbon or spiced cocktails work for winter. 
  5. Offer a Variety: Have 2-4 signature drinks so there's something for every palate. Vary textures, flavors, colors, and presentation too. 
  6. Test Options Beforehand: Mix up small batches of potential recipes to taste test. This ensures your signature cocktails will be a hit! 
  7. Consider Bar Service Style: Factor in how drinks will be served. A stationary bar vs. passed cocktails affects optimal recipes. 
  8. Mind Your Budget: Depending on ingredients, signature cocktails can get pricey. Scale options to suit your budget. 
  9. Prepare Properly: Determine if pre-batching or mixing individual drinks is best to ensure quality.

With thoughtfulness and creativity, you can craft perfect signature cocktails to complement your wedding style! We’re sure that your selections will delight and wow your guests.

How Many Wedding Signature Cocktails Are Typically Served

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One of the most common questions couples have when planning their wedding bar is how many signature drinks they should offer guests. While there are no hard rules, we recommend limiting selections to 1-3 personalized drinks. This provides variety while still allowing you to showcase a cohesive vision. There are several factors to consider when deciding on the ideal number of customized concoctions for your celebration.

First, think about your overall wedding size and budget. Offering numerous signature drinks requires more ingredients and bartender prep time. For very large weddings, it can be better to focus on 1-2 specialty cocktails that can easily be pre-batched. Smaller weddings with 50 or fewer guests can likely accommodate more unique options.

Also, consider your venue and bar service style. If you'll have waiters passing signature drinks, 3 selections can work nicely. This gives guests more variety. A stationary or self-serve bar may function better with 1-2 signature cocktails alongside beer, wine, and traditional options.

Think about your must-have cocktail flavors too. If you're set on having a specific margarita, mojito, and champagne cocktail, then three it is! Just be sure to offer additional basics like vodka sodas and rum and cokes for other preferences.

Wedding Cocktail Names Ideas

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Coming up with clever, meaningful names for the best signature drinks for your wedding adds a creative personal touch. The name becomes part of the experience, sparking joy and conversation as your guests order and sip. When brainstorming signature cocktail names, get playful with wedding themes, your love story, or inside jokes and puns. Look to meaningful moments, places, or symbols from your relationship. Or simply choose names that conjure the mood you want to create. Aim for names that are catchy, clear, and concise. Short and sweet is best. The name should complement the drink’s flavor and appearance too. Test names out loud to ensure they sound appealing and roll off the tongue. Ask for feedback from your partner, wedding party, or parents. Here are a few names to start from.

  • Classic Margarita
  • The Sweet Start
  • Our Moment
  • Bliss on the Beach
  • Mojito
  • Mint to Be
  • Fresh Union
  • Our Sparkling Story
  • Old Fashioned
  • Time-Honored Tradition
  • Classic Twist
  • Crafted in Love
  • Piña Colada
  • Paradise Found
  • Island Dream
  • Tropical Ever After
  • Mimosa
  • Happy Ever After
  • Bubbly Beginnings
  • Joyful Toast
  • Whiskey Sour
  • Pucker Up Sweetheart
  • Tart & Sweet
  • Sour About You
  • Manhattan
  • City of Dreams
  • Urban Romance
  • Concrete Love
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Lucky in Love
  • Pink Passion
  • Blushing Bride
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Dawn of Joy
  • Sunrise Sunset
  • Horizon of Hope
  • Bellini
  • Peach Promise
  • Toasting Togetherness
  • Cheers to New Chapters
  • French 75
  • Celebration Sparkles
  • Milestone Bubbles
  • Jubilant Toast
  • Tom Collins
  • Ginning Up Love
  • Juniper Bliss
  • Gin Journey
  • Negroni
  • Bittersweet Beginning
  • Perfect Pairing
  • Orange You Glad We Met

Get creative with names that speak to your love story! These personalized touches make your signature cocktails even more special.

Single-Serve Signature Wedding Drink Ideas

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Crafting signature cocktails your guests will love is all about infusing drinks with personality. Here are 25 delightful single-serve signature wedding drink ideas to spark your creativity.

Cranberry Orange Whiskey Sour

A tangy twist on a classic whiskey sour featuring cranberry juice and orange liqueur. The sweet and tart flavors mirror the ups and downs of love. Elevate this vintage cocktail by using quality bourbon and freshly squeezed citrus.

Bourbon Lemonade

Celebrate your southern roots with homemade bourbon lemonade. Its sweetness represents the warmth of your relationship. Make it extra special by using fresh lemon juice, pure cane syrup, and your favorite bourbon. Garnish with lemon wheels.

Bloody Mary

A brunch-worthy bloody mary packed with zesty flavors. Spice up your marriage like this vibrant tomato cocktail! Play with housemade mixes, infused vodkas, and gourmet garnishes like bacon strips or cheese cubes.


A refreshing mojito with muddled mint leaves and lime. The hint of lime symbolizes the new adventures you'll share. Keep it classic with rum, mint, lime juice, and soda. Or give it a fruit twist with flavors like mango, strawberry, or peach.

Iced Coffee Cocktail

Cool down with this iced cocktail combining cold brew coffee, vodka, and milk. Perk up your life together with this energizing treat. Use high-quality ingredients like artisan vodka and cold brew from your favorite local roaster.

Grapefruit Paloma

A citrusy tequila cocktail mixing grapefruit juice and lime. The Paloma's sweet and sour balance reflects a marriage's ups and downs. Make this Mexican favorite extra fancy with freshly squeezed juices, artisanal tequila, and salted rim.

Lemon Drop Martini

Vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup shaken to frothy perfection. Pucker up and chase all your dreams together! Craft this tangy citrus martini with quality potato vodka for smoothness. Garnish with a sugared rim.

Aperol Spritz

A classic bride's drink. Fizzy and floral, this Aperol spritz is the perfect poolside sip. Relax and refresh your love. Combine Aperol, prosecco, club soda, and an orange slice. Serve over ice in a wine glass.

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Skinny Margarita

Salute your adventurous side with a lime-kissed low-cal margarita. Rim the glass with lime-chili salt. Infuse your tequila with jalapeño for an extra kick.

Cranberry Moscow Mule

Give the Moscow mule a fresh spin with cranberry juice and rosemary. Keep your love lively! Mix vodka, ginger beer, cranberry juice, and rosemary in a copper mug.

French 75

Flutes of this classic French 75 champagne cocktail set a celebratory mood. Toast each day with joy! Combine gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and dry champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Red Wine Sangria

Raise a glass of fruity, splashy sangria – may your love stay sweet as wine! Infuse robust red wine with slices of orange, lemon, and apple. Sweeten with liqueurs like Cointreau or St. Germain if desired.

Lemon Drop Cocktail

This sparkling lemon cocktail honors your Amalfi Coast honeymoon. Make this Italian-inspired drink with limoncello, vodka, lemon juice and prosecco.


Sip on this New Orleans rye whiskey drink as you jazz up married life! Mix rye, simple syrup, Peychaud’s bitters, and a lemon twist. Serve straight up in a chilled old-fashioned glass.

Dirty Martini

This lustrous shaken martini provides a sophisticated celebration. Pair briny olive juice and vodka. Add a dash of dry vermouth. Garnish with olives.

Fig Old Fashioned

One of the best groom signature drink ideas. Infused with rich fig, this bourbon cocktail encapsulates your elegant new life. Muddle figs with simple syrup, bitters, and bourbon. Garnish with an orange twist.


Vacation vibes in this refreshing Brazilian cocktail mixing cachaça, sugar, and lime. Muddle lime wedges and sugar with Brazilian cachaça. Pour over ice.

Pimm's Cup

A classic gin Pimm's cup evoking laidback jazz club nights. Build this British classic over ice with Pimm's No. 1, ginger ale, cucumber, and fruit.

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Cape Codder

Relish breezy seaside adventures with this vodka cranberry sparkler. Combine vodka and cranberry juice over ice in a tall glass. Squeeze in lime juice and top with club soda.

Meyer Lemon Drop

A vibrant Meyer lemon drop wedding drink idea as bright and shiny as your future. Shake vodka, Meyer lemon juice, and simple syrup. Coat the glass rim with sugar.

Raspberry Mule

This flirty pink Moscow mule plumps up the love with raspberry. Mix vodka, ginger beer, raspberry puree. Serve in a copper mug.

Lavender Lemonade Cocktail

Dreamy lavender and lemon dance together in this fragrant, purple elixir. Combine lemonade, lavender simple syrup, vodka, or gin.

Amaretto Sour

An almond amaretto sour as rich and romantic as your love. Shake amaretto, bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white.

Elderflower Fizz

A floral and refreshing celebration with sweet elderflower flavors. Combine gin or vodka with St. Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Rose Sangria Spritzer

A romantic pink sipper with notes of fresh berries. Mix rosé wine with raspberries, strawberries, lemonade, and a splash of vodka or gin if desired. Top with club soda.

Signature Drink Ideas for Big Weddings

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When hosting larger weddings, opting for big-batch wedding mixed drinks helps streamline service and ensures every guest can enjoy a specialty drink. Here are crowd-pleasing ideas perfect for mixing up big buckets to keep the party flowing.

Lavender French 75

This elegant riff on a classic French 75 cocktail mixes gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, homemade lavender simple syrup, and dry champagne. The floral lavender notes pair beautifully with the citrus and bubbles. Scale up ingredients in a large punchbowl or dispenser.

Earl Grey Tea Old Fashioned

A creative wedding cocktail idea. Infuse bourbon with Earl Grey tea bags to impart a subtle bergamot flavor. Mix with angostura bitters and orange peel in a batched format. The tea smooths out the bourbon in this elevated sipper.

Pear & Thyme Sparkling Wine Cocktail

Elevate basic sparkling wine by mixing in fresh pear nectar and thyme sprigs. The fruit sweetness complements the herbal flavors. Mix in large format and garnish individual pours with fresh thyme.

Grapefruit & Basil “Greyhound”

Put a fresh spin on a vodka Greyhound by mixing in fresh grapefruit and basil. Muddle the basil leaves to release flavors and balance the tart citrus.

Margarita Madness Bar

Offer a pre-batched margarita mix alongside an array of fun fruit purees, herbs, and spices to infuse tequila. Let guests get creative mixing their own!

Mexican Fall Sangria

Mix red wine with pumpkin puree, apple cider, tequila, and autumn spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The perfect seasonal sangria for a fall fiesta bash!

Spicy Paloma Punch

Elevate the classic Paloma by infusing tequila with sliced jalapeños and serving over ice with grapefruit soda. The spicy kick pairs perfectly with the citrus and bubbles.

Blackberry Bramble Bar

Muddle blackberries with sugar, mint, and lemon in a large batch format. Let guests mix in gin and club soda to taste for a DIY take on a bramble cocktail.

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Rosemary Grapefruit Gin Fizz

A pretty easy wedding cocktail. An herbaceous twist on a classic gin fizz made with rosemary simple syrup and fresh ruby red grapefruit juice. The botanicals in gin shine paired with citrus and rosemary.

Cucumber Basil Lemonade

Garden Party Thirst Quencher - Infuse refreshing lemonade with muddled cucumber, basil leaves, and a splash of gin or vodka. Let guests pour over ice and garnish with basil.

Bees Knees Bar

Set up a fun interactive station with gin, honey syrup, and lemons. Guests combine ingredients to their preferred sweetness.

Strawberry Rosé Mimosa Bar

Mix rosé wine and strawberry puree in batch format. Provide mini champagne bottles for guests to top off their mocktails and make a mimosa!

Apple Cider Sangria

Warm up with red wine, apple cider, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and a splash of spiced rum. This is a quite popular signature drink for fall weddings.

Pomegranate Sparkling Punch

An elegant and festive punch combining chilled pomegranate juice, peach schnapps, ginger ale, and sparkling wine. Ladle into champagne flutes.

Espresso Martini Bar

Brew espresso and set up a vodka station alongside coffee liqueur and simple syrup. Guests shake up their own refreshing espresso martini.

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