Here's a list of both alcoholic cocktails and non-alcoholic mocktails that you could consider serving at a wedding.
Classic Martini Cocktails: A classic Martini is a popular cocktails known for its simplicity and elegance. It's typically made with gin and dry vermouth, garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. Here's a basic recipe for a classic Martini. Place a martini glass in the freezer or fill it with ice water to chill while you prepare the cocktail. Fill a mixing glass or a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Using a strainer, pour the chilled mixture from the mixing glass into the martini glass. To make a lemon twist, use a vegetable peeler to cut a thin strip of lemon peel. Your classic Martini is now ready to be enjoyed.
Margarita Cocktails: A Margarita is a popular cocktails made with tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur, typically served in a salt-rimmed glass. It's a refreshing and tangy drink that's often enjoyed on the rocks (over ice) or blended with ice to create a frozen Margarita. Fill the glass with ice. In a shaker, combine the tequila, lime juice, and triple sec with ice. Shake well until the mixture is chilled. Strain the mixture into the prepared glass over the ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Cosmopolitan Cocktails: The Cosmopolitan, typically simply referred to as a “Cosmo,” is a classic cocktail known for its vibrant pink color and sweet-tart flavor profile. It became particularly popular in the 1990s and is typically associated with cosmopolitan cities and a sophisticated lifestyle. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass. Optionally, you can garnish with a twist of orange or a lime wedge. That variations of the Cosmopolitan recipe exist, and some people may adjust the ingredient proportions to suit their taste preferences.
Champagne Cocktails: A Champagne Cocktail is a classic cocktail made with Champagne or sparkling wine, typically garnished with a sugar cube soaked in bitters and often accompanied by a twist of lemon peel. Add a few dashes of Angostura bitters onto the sugar cube. To create a lemon twist, use a vegetable peeler or a knife to cut a thin strip of lemon peel, making sure to avoid the bitter white pith. The Champagne Cocktail is known for its simplicity and timeless appeal.
Mojito Cocktails: A Mojito is a classic cocktail that originates from Cuba. It's known for its refreshing and minty flavor, making it a popular choice for warm weather or tropical settings. Here's a basic recipe for a Mojito. In a glass, muddle the mint leaves and sugar together. Stir gently to mix the ingredients. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint. Mojitos are typically served in highball glasses or Collins glasses, which are tall and narrow. The combination of mint, lime, and rum, along with the fizzy soda water, creates a delightful and revitalizing drink.
Virgin Mojito Mocktails: Virgin Mojito, often simply referred to as a “Virgin Mojito,” is a non-alcoholic version of the classic cocktail Mojito. In a glass, muddle the mint leaves and lime wedges together. Muddling involves gently pressing and twisting the mint leaves and lime to release their flavors. Fill the glass with ice cubes. Pour soda water into the glass, leaving some space at the top. Stir gently to mix the ingredients. Garnish the drink with additional mint sprigs and a lime wedge. Serve immediately and enjoy your Virgin Mojito.
Strawberry Lemonade Spritzer: Strawberry Lemonade Spritzer is a refreshing and delicious beverage that combines the flavors of sweet strawberries, tangy lemons, and fizzy carbonation. It's perfect for hot summer days or any time you're looking for a light and bubbly drink. Top off the glasses with sparkling water or club soda to create the spritzer effect. You can adjust the amount of sparkling water based on your preference for sweetness and fizziness. Gently stir each glass to combine the ingredients. If desired, garnish the glasses with mint leaves, additional strawberry slices, or lemon wedges.
Cucumber Cooler: Cucumber Cooler is a refreshing and hydrating beverage typically made with cucumber, lemon or lime, mint, and sometimes other ingredients. It's a popular summer drink that's known for its cooling and revitalizing qualities. This helps release the mint's aroma and flavor. Fill the pitcher with water and stir well to combine all the ingredients. Feel free to customize the recipe by adding other ingredients like a touch of ginger, a hint of honey, or even a splash of your favorite fruit juice. Cucumber Cooler is a versatile drink that can be adapted to suit your taste preferences.
Blueberry Basil Fizz: The Blueberry Basil Fizz is a refreshing and flavorful cocktail that combines the sweetness of blueberries with the aromatic and slightly peppery taste of fresh basil. Fill the mixing glass with ice and shake the mixture vigorously until well chilled. Strain the mixture into a tall glass filled with ice. Top off the glass with club soda, leaving some space at the top. Gently stir the drink to combine the ingredients. Garnish the cocktail with a few extra blueberries and a sprig of fresh basil. Feel free to adjust the proportions of the ingredients to suit your personal taste preferences.
Pineapple Ginger Mocktail: A Pineapple Ginger Mocktails is a non-alcoholic beverage that combines the flavors of pineapple and ginger to create a refreshing and flavorful drink. In a shaker or a mixing glass, combine the pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup. Stir gently to combine the flavors. Garnish the mocktail with a slice of pineapple and a lime wedge on the rim of the glass. Serve immediately and enjoy your Pineapple Ginger Mocktail. Feel free to adjust the proportions of pineapple juice, ginger ale, lime juice, and simple syrup according to your taste preferences.
Signature cocktails/mocktails named after the couple, the venue, or wedding themes can also add a personalized touch to the menu. If possible, work with your bartender or catering team to come up with unique creations that match the overall atmosphere and theme of the wedding.