While there are some brides and grooms that, for various different reasons, choose to have a dry wedding reception, the majority of weddings we see tend to feature an open bar. After all, on the happiest day of your life, it’s nice to celebrate with friends, family, and drinks. The summertime presents a unique opportunity for cocktail aficionados as nothing tastes quite like a perfect cocktail in the blazing summer heat. Below are some of the cocktail trends and recipe ideas that have been a hit with many a wedding party.
If the summer were to have an official beverage, it’d likely be a piña colada. However, as they are often served with crushed ice and require a noisy food processor, they aren’t always ideal wedding cocktails. A slightly less-complicated version is called a Piña Colada III in which coconut milk and pineapple juice are blended with rum and sugar for the perfect summer cocktail. Check out the recipe here.
As coconut juice manages to taste twice as good in the summer somehow, we’ve been seeing a lot of other coconut juice-based cocktails, especially since coconut cream, which was what was traditionally used, is high in calories. Thus, the Skinny Coconut Margarita features a combination of coconut milk and juice to keep things light yet creamy, topped offed with tequila, triple sec, and a slice of lime. This one is sure to be a hit with the women in your life.
Proseco is another beverage that has grown in popularity over the years, going from Italian specialty to a tri-state favorite in the past decade or so. Similarly, who doesn’t love a fresh raspberry lemonade on a hot summer afternoon? Combining the best of both worlds, the Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco cocktail combines the three ingredients that make up its name, and is topped off with mint to give it that perfect summer freshness.
Finally, we come to our last classic beverage of the summer: peach iced tea. Whether you make your own or have a case of Peach Tea Snapple in your basement, it’s hard to get someone to turn down this iconic summer beverage, especially when it has bourbon in it. By missing together bourbon, peach preserves, and lemon juice topped off with sweet tea and a host of garnishes, this recipe is sure to be the most extravagant peach iced tea you’ve ever had!