I'll Drink To That!
Updated: Jul 31
We all know how much we love weddings. The beauty in the ceremony, the love between two families coming together in union, but I think what most people will always remember from the wedding is how much fun they had! You know when you come to a wedding you have your eyes on the prize. And that prize… my friend, is the BAR. You have all of your finest options to choose from. Are you a whiskey girl? Does tequila kill ya? Does vodka make you dance?
Deciding on whether you want an open bar, limited bar or cash bar can be difficult. But I’m here to give you some tips and tricks on what avenue would be best fit for you and your budget!
1. Saving money is your best friend for your wedding so instead of using a keg for your beer, you can use beer bottles and cans. Once you count up the costs, you’re basically spending the same amount and you’ll have bottles left over in case people don’t end up drinking them all!
2. If you want a cash bar and don’t want to spend on an open bar – another way to save money is to pick two of every thing. 2 wines, 2 beers, 2 whiskeys, etc. That way you’re allowing for options but able to keep a lid on your budget for alcohol.
3. Create your own specialty cocktails for the evening! You could have as many or as little as you’d like and you can put a fun catchy name to each of them so it makes it more personal to your day.
4. You also have the choice of a soft bar which provides the essentials. Beer, wine and champagne.
There are many options when it comes to planning the alcohol portion of the wedding. You want to please everyone but it is still important to be mindful of your budget and what YOU are comfortable with.
FUN DRINK RECIPES
1/2 large peach, sliced
6 small basil leaves, plus more for garnish
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 ounce Lillet
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Instructions: In a tall glass, muddle the peach with the 6 basil leaves and the lemon juice. Add the gin, Lillet and simple syrup. Add ice cubes and top with club soda. Garnish with basil.
8 lemon wedges
24 mint leaves, plus 4 mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)
4 strawberries, plus 2 halved strawberries, for garnish
Ice cubes, plus crushed ice
8 ounces gold or aged rum
3 ounces fresh lemon juice
2 ounces prepared sugarcane syrup or agave nectar
Instructions: In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon wedges with the whole strawberries and mint leaves. Add ice and the rum, lemon juice and sugarcane syrup; shake well. Strain into crushed ice–filled highball glasses. Garnish with the berry halves and mint sprigs.
6 oz. vodka
3 oz. Blue Curaçao
3 oz. lime juice
1 oz. (12-oz.) can ginger beer
3 lime rounds, for garnish
Paper umbrellas, for garnish (optional)
Instructions: Divide vodka, blue curaçao, and lime juice between 3 glasses and stir to combine. Fill glasses with ice and top off each drink with ginger beer. Garnish with lime rounds and umbrella, if using.