On-Point Specialty Cocktail Ideas

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Cocktail hour is probably our favorite time in every wedding (especially when the couple joins in on the fun), as it is always a wonderful time for all your friends and family to mingle, enjoy a refreshing beverage and nosh before the reception officially begins. Amidst the traditional passing of champagne and small bites, this is the perfect opportunity for a couple to show a bit of personality or give a nod to the wedding theme by serving up a few specialty cocktails. We at Marisa Nicole Events seriously love a fabulous beverage designed especially for the couple for their guests. Although you can always choose your go-to cocktails and serve those, we suggest spicing up the common cocktail with a tweek here or there to make it seriously on-point for your celebration. To help you in this pursuit, we have decided to share some fun specialty cocktail ideas for your big day!

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The Love Potion

All you need…

  • 1/3 cup blackberries, plus 8 more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 bottle of prosecco or champagne
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • …For the full recipe check out Jacquelyn Clark

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Left: Bridal Musings  Right: Vegan Miam

Rosemary Vodka Lemonade

All you need…

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 (8-inch) rosemary sprigs
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • Chilled club soda or seltzer
  • Garnish: 8 (3-inch) rosemary sprigs
    …For the full recipe check out Epicurious

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Blueberry Mojito Royale

All you need…

  • 1/3 cup blueberries (plus extra for a fancy blueberry swizzle stick)
  • 6-8 leaves fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon sugar in the raw (I’m into slightly tart cocktails, but feel free to add an extra teaspoon or two of sugar if you like a sweeter drink.)
  • 2½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 ounces chilled Prosecco or champagne
    …For the full recipe check out Domesticate Me

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Bourbon Peach Smash

All you need is…

  • 3 medium ripe yellow or white peaches, pitted and roughly chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 3/4 cup unrefined granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 slices cling-free ripe peaches
  • 1/6 medium Lime
  • 4 to 6  fresh mint leaves
  • plus more for garnish
  • 1 ounce peach shrub
  • 1 1/2 ounces good-quality bourbon
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • ice
  • Splash chilled ginger beer
    …For the full recipe check out Salt & Wind

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Grapefruit Rosemary Mule

All you need…

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice (That’s about ½ a grapefruit.)
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces chilled ginger beer
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • Sliced grapefruit (optional)
    …For the full recipe check out Domesticate Me

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Campfire Cocktail

All you need…

  • 1 marshmallow
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • 1 tablespoon graham cracker crumbs
  • Ice
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 2 ounces Baileys
  • 2 ounces 2% milk
    …For the full recipe check out Jacquelyn Clark


Cotton Candy Cocktail

All you need…

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Left: Sposto Photography Right: Jasmine Nicole Photography

We hope to have inspired you to add some flavor to your bar and make the drinks you serve on your big day just a little bit more special than a standard cocktail. I mean, who doesn’t love a good cocktail? Make sure you don’t forget about the cute bar menu signs that can complement your specialty drink.


Photo Credit: Iris & Light

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