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I’ve been thinking lately about certain elements of our wedding that might up the ante for our guests and might not cost too much. We are having an open bar at our reception; our caterer does not negotiate any other way, except to perhaps skip the bar altogether. While we were visiting, our wedding coordinator was unable to give us a tour of the facility, and so the owner gave us the grand tour himself.

Later, my father went out of his way to compliment the owner on the beauty of the facility and his business skills. My father, a dynamite businessman himself, enjoys going out of his way to do these things. “Thank you,” the owner said, and then instructed the coordinator to add an ice sculpture and a martini bar– normally two extras that the caterer can provide at the expense of the couple– as his gift to us! To which I say, way to go, Dad!

Had this not been the case, I probably wouldn’t have considered a signature cocktail as an option for our wedding. We’re Irish, and like our beer. But, since it was gifted to us… well, that’s another story entirely! A few cute names, some signage, and green-colored drinks, and we’re good to go. And… sorry, but did I mention that it’s free?

Here are some options for frou-frou signature cocktails–

gimlets

This gimlet was featured in this month’s edition of Martha Stewart Weddings, and I kind of love it. It’s so cute and summery feeling! Granted, I’ll be honest here and tell you that I have no idea what a gimlet is– what kind of alcohol does it use? Those look like mint leaves, right? Any ideas?

Speaking of mint leaves, a Mojito is another great green option. While The Knot tends to overwhelm me, they have some great (color coordinated!) signature cocktails, including this mojito!

Mojito   What You Need   Handful of mint leaves 3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice 3/4 oz. simple syrup* 1 1/2 oz. light rum Club soda Lime wedge, for garnish    How to Make It   Muddle mint leaves in lime juice and simple syrup. Add ice...

Thank you, Carly Roney, for including the recipe:

Mojito

What You Need

  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup*
  • 1 1/2 oz. light rum
  • Club soda
  • Lime wedge, for garnish

How to Make It

  • Muddle mint leaves in lime juice and simple syrup.
  • Add ice and rum and shake briefly.
  • Pour ingredients into highball glass.
  • Top off with club soda.
  • Garnish with lime wedge.
  • *Dissolve 2 cups sugar into 1 cup boiling water. Let cool. Refrigerate any leftovers.

 

Also on The Knot, I found another adorable summer-y drink, the Key Lime Pie. 

Key Lime Pie    What You Need   Lime juice Crumbled graham crackers for rim 1 1/2 oz. KeKe Beach Key lime cream liqueur 1 1/2 oz. vanilla vodka Squeeze of fresh lime 1 1/2 oz. half-and-half    How to Make It   Saturate rim of a martini g...I’m very intrigued by these crushed graham crackers…

What You Need

  • Lime juice
  • Crumbled graham crackers for rim
  • 1 1/2 oz. KeKe Beach Key lime cream liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz. vanilla vodka
  • Squeeze of fresh lime
  • 1 1/2 oz. half-and-half

How to Make It

  • Saturate rim of a martini glass with lime juice.
  • Dip upside down into graham cracker crumbs.
  • Pour liqueur, vodka, and squeeze of lime into a shaker.
  • Shake and strain into a martini glass.
  • Add half-and-half.

 

Of course, if you’re thinking about green cocktails, the first thing that pops into your mind, as it did mine, is an Appletini. Well, maybe not the first thing, but it sure is up there. The Knot provided another recipe for this drink.

Appletini    What You Need   2.5 oz. sour apple liqueur 2 oz. vodka Sour mix and triple sec to taste Apple wedge, for garnish    How to Make It   Shake and strain ingredients except apple wedge into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a...I really like the color of this one, too. Also, the woman’s hand featured in this picture is very nicely manicured. Well done, woman in black dress, well done.

Appletini

What You Need

  • 2.5 oz. sour apple liqueur
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • Sour mix and triple sec to taste
  • Apple wedge, for garnish

How to Make It

  • Shake and strain ingredients except apple wedge into a chilled martini glass.
  • Garnish with apple wedge.

This is probably one of the most feasible drinks to make, since it was a martini bar that the owner of the site gave us, not a catch-all cocktail confection. Also, remember how I was planning on having apples in vases at the bar? Could be way cute! What if I could do the Appletini and the Key Lime Pie to go with the bar decor of apples and limes?

Oh, goodness. I need to be reeled in. Love the enthusiasm, though.

What do you think? Do you have a signature cocktail? And how did you name them?

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