DIY Weddings: Drink Menus and Cocktail Recipes

Find unique ideas for creating the perfect accompaniments to your wedding meal or cocktail hour.
By: Camille Styles

Related To:

  1. Weddings
  2. Planning

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Kid Friendly

Pay homage to a throwback summertime favorite with refreshing cherry limeades. Made with fresh-squeezed lime juice, sugar, club soda and maraschino cherry juice, this drink is simple to put together and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser among children and adults alike.

In Mint Condition

There's nothing like a splash of bourbon to combat the summer heat and turn up the fun! Propose a toast to Southern tradition by pouring ice-cold mint juleps in (what else?) silver mint julep cups, and top them with fresh sprigs of mint.

Drinks From Afar

Some of the best beers are imported from the Middle East and Far East, and offering these beverages at your party can add a fun element of the exotic for your guests. Check your local liquor stores for availability of imported beer, and serve bottles iced down in large galvanized buckets for guests to help themselves.

Shaken, Not Stirred

Cool down in true Palm Springs fashion with thirst-quenching Harvey Wallbangers. Simply mix 2 parts vodka, 1 part Galliano and 5 parts orange juice, then garnish generously with fresh orange slices for a cocktail that'll keep guests coming back for seconds and thirds.

Raise Your Glass

What's a celebration without bubbly? Serve chilled champagne in mismatched vintage flutes, sourced from your favorite antiques shop or even an heirloom family collection. Create celebratory drink flags by attaching craft paper to wooden skewers and handwriting “Cheers!” on each one. Watch the toasts begin!

Spot of Tea

It’s customary in Morocco to follow large meals with boldly flavored mint tea, and it also happens to make a terrific party idea. To make, simply steep loose green tea and boiling water in a Moroccan-style teapot, then stir in sugar and mint sprigs and allow to steep for a few minutes. Serve in beautifully gilded glass cups.

Keeping Warm

Nothing says winter coziness like a piping hot glass of cocoa. Allow guests to be their own mixologists: set up a hot cocoa bar stocked with toppings like whipped cream, sprinkles, crushed peppermints and cinnamon sticks. For the adults, decanters with Frangelico and amaretto allow them to turn their concoctions into grown-up treats.

Big Kids

Nothing says summertime in the country like a tall glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade. Guests will be taken back in time as they quench their thirst with this nostalgic favorite. For the adults, kick it up a few notches with a splash of vodka and dress up each glass with a few sprigs of freshly picked thyme.

Holiday Fizz

For an irresistible winter cocktail that's sure to keep the party alive, serve sparkling cranberry cocktails in etched vintage glassware. Simply mix 1 part cranberry juice with 1 part sparkling wine, garnish with fresh cranberries and prepare to toast the night away.

Bottoms Up

For a specialty cocktail that screams summertime, serve a refreshing brew of homemade sweet tea mixed with raspberry vodka. Strain into retro glassware and garnish with fresh mint and raspberries for an irresistible combination.

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