There are so many ways to incorporate personal touches into your wedding day. Adding your favorite song lyrics to your reading, including your new monogram on your dinner napkins, and serving up a signature cocktail are simple ways to elevate your special day. But with so many options out there, how do you come up with the perfect play on words to name your featured cocktail hour beverage?
If you put too much pressure on yourselves, coming up with signature wedding drink names can be stressful, but it's important to remember that this is a fun way to liven up your cocktail hour. Crafting signature drink names doesn't have to be overwhelming. With these expert tips for naming your signature cocktail, it'll be a breeze.
Consult With Your Bartender
Who better to help you name your mixed drink than the bartender who will serve it up to your guests? Amy Nichols, owner of Amy Nichols Special Events suggests asking your bartender what the cocktail's key ingredients are, how it's prepared, and how it's served to spark inspiration. "All of that information could give you some ideas for a fun name," she says.
Meet the Expert
• Amy Nichols is the owner of Amy Nichols Special Events and the co-founder of The Poppy Group. She has been planning weddings and celebrations for over a decade.
• Jaclyn Fisher is the owner of Two Little Birds Planning, an event planning company in Philadelphia.
Incorporate Wedding Words
When in doubt, toss in a wedding word to give your go-to drink that just-married factor. An Old Fashioned becomes a Something Old Fashioned. Then there's a Bloody Marry Me, an Apple-y Ever After Martini, and, well, you get the point. Rather than picking any old cocktail, start your search for the right beverage by brainstorming cocktails with ingredients you love, and then use those flavors for your name, says Jaclyn Fisher, owner of Two Little Birds Planning in Philadelphia. "Vodka Rosemary Lemonade could be Vodka Rose-Marry Me Lemonade," she says, "Or Spiked Apple Cider could be renamed Apple of My Eye."
There's also a beverage called the Blushing Bride, made with champagne, fruit nectar, and grenadine that Fisher says is already fit for a wedding.
Take Your Guests on a Trip
You don't have to throw a destination wedding to take your guests to a new locale. Use your signature drink as a way to celebrate a city you love, or a time period that intrigues you, Nichols suggests. "Use the influences of your dream locale to help you make the selection of your signature cocktail's name," she says.
Of course, if you are throwing a destination fête, you can use your wedding spot as inspiration too. This could mean naming the drink after the actual locale (e.g. a Sparkling Charleston Cosmopolitan), drawing inspiration from the surrounding culture (e.g. a Southern Belle-Ini), or putting a twist on the name of an already popular drink in the area.
Be Playful, but Not Too Playful
While you want to surprise and delight your guests with your cocktail's name, you don't want to make it such a tongue twister that they'll have no clue what they're getting, warns Fisher. "While drink names should be playful, they should also be descriptive so guests know what they're drinking," she says.
In addition to placing a sign with the drink's ingredients at the bar, consider including the main ingredient or alcohol in the cocktail's name for clarity.
Incorporate the Season
Just as your wedding's season informed the details of your wedding—your bridesmaids won't be wearing short dresses in the dead of winter—it can help you with cocktail names too. "For weddings in summer months, stick with something cool and refreshing like a Moscow Mule, named the Marry Me Mule," says Fisher. "Signature cocktails and their names should be reflective of the season."
Make It Personal
Your wedding is the one day it should be all about you and your partner. Use your own names (and nicknames), or incorporate your new, shared last name. Likewise, you can incorporate words associated with your favorite hobbies and sports, the name of your pet, or anything you like to make the signature drink names really reflect who the two of you are.
Tie in Your Wedding Theme
Let your wedding theme and/or color palette dictate the name of your drinks. Colors are particularly easy, and there are so many fun options to choose from. Keep it simple with a Something Blue, Pretty in Pink, Purple Passion, Mellow Yellow, or a Sweet Peach Punch. For a fresh, farm-to-table signature drink name, try a Greenhouse Tonic or a Cucumber Collins with fresh ingredients to match, naturally. Throwing a garden party-themed wedding? Think floral-inspired cocktails adorned with lavender sprigs. Just remember, creativity is encouraged!