18 Signature Cocktail Ideas for Your Spring Wedding

Spring cocktails

Photo by Chris J. Evans

If you're planning a spring wedding, you've probably already incorporated some of the season's best hits into your decor—whimsical colors, delicate blooms, and maybe even a playful twist. And while you've been busy checking off all the marks on your wedding planning to-do list, have you thought about cocktails?

A spring wedding brings so many choices when it comes to cocktail ideas. From fresh, flavorful ingredients to beautiful pastel hues, there are plenty of ways to work spring into a glass and keep cocktail hour just as seasonal as the rest of your big day.

Read on for 18 inspired spring cocktails to sip at your wedding.

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The Spring Buzz

Spring Buzz cocktail

Photo by Broma Bakery

There's no reason you can't serve up something warm at the bar, especially if the weather isn't quite as sunny as you'd hope on your big day. This Spring Buzz cocktail from Broma is whiskey-based, but it's made with St. Germain and honey for a beautiful spring twist.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 bag Aloha Sleep tea
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 oz. whiskey
  • 0.5 oz. St. Germain
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • edible flowers and lemon wedge, for garnish (optional)

Directions: In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Steep 1 bag Aloha Sleep tea for 5 minutes, then remove the tea bag and stir in honey. Allow to cool completely. In a rocks glass over ice, stir in 1-ounce whiskey and 1⁄4 ounce St. Germain. Pour in 2⁄3 cup tea and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. Top with edible flowers and lemon wedge, if desired. Repeat with second glass.

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Blackberry Paloma

beautiful booze blackberry paloma cocktail

Photo by Beautiful Booze

Say hello to bright, bold hues for spring! This Blackberry Paloma from Beautiful Booze captures that look perfectly with this twist on a classic summer cocktail.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. tequila
  • 0.5 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 0.5 oz. lime juice
  • blackberry soda, to top
  • 1 Tbsp. salt (rim)

Directions: Rim a rocks glass with salt. Combine tequila, grapefruit juice, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and combine ingredients. Strain into your glass over fresh ice. Top with blackberry soda. Give everything a quick stir, garnish with blackberries and an edible flower, and enjoy!

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Connect Four

bob peters connect four cocktail

Photo by Justin Driscoll Photo

Want to keep things seasonal but with a spicy kick? The pretty color of this Connect Four cocktail from Bob Peters is sure to catch your guests' eyes.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Sutler's Spirit Co. Gin
  • 0.75 oz. fresh-pressed grapefruit juice
  • 0.5 oz. Chilaca pepper syrup
  • 0.5 oz. BYRRH Grand Quinquina wine

Directions: Shake and double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with cilantro blossoms.

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Poi Dog

Perfect Pour Cocktail Co's Poi Dog

Photo by Jessica Pearl Photography

For many, spring means citrus, and gin is the perfect liquor to pair it with. This Poi Dog recipe from The Perfect Pour Cocktail Co. pairs the flavors of grapefruit, citrus, Thai basil, and a salt and pepper rim for a unique drink.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 2 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 0.75 oz. yuzu citrus (3 parts Meyer lemon juice, 1 part yuzu)
  • 0.75 oz. Thai basil-toasted peppercorn syrup (the amount may have to be adjusted depending on the sweetness of the grapefruit juice)
  • 2 oz. New World Gin, such as Brooklyn, Aviation, Uncle Val’s Botanical, St. George Botanivore Gin, or Captive Spirit’s Big Gin
  • Salt and pepper rim (3 parts sea salt to 1 part pepper)

Directions:
Shake all ingredients and strain over ice. Garnish with a Thai basil sprig.

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Whiskey Smash

Whiskey Smash

Photo by The Wanderlust Kitchen

A Whiskey Smash is an absolute classic, and it's wildly refreshing for spring. With just mint, lemon, sugar, and whiskey, this recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen comes together in seconds.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons mint leaves (about 7 or 8 leaves)
  • 1/2 a lemon, cut into four pieces
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 oz. whiskey
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Directions: Place the mint, lemon, and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Muddle together until the sugar has dissolved and the lemon has expressed its juices. Add the whiskey, cover, and shake for 30 seconds. Transfer mixture to an Old Fashioned glass. Top with crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.

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Apple of My Eye

bob peters apple of my eye cocktail

Photo by Justin Driscoll Photo

Hello, pretty petals! This stunning cocktail from Bob Peters pairs gin with sweet apple flavors for a delicious mix.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 4 oz. Cardinal gin
  • 2 oz. apple-tea-infused Riesling wine
  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup

Directions: Stir ingredients together and strain. Garnish with a handful of dried hibiscus flowers and fresh organic violas.

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Herbaceous Sour

Beautiful Booze's Herbaceous Sour cocktail

Photo by Beautiful Booze

This play off of a traditional gin sour from Beautiful Booze is nothing short of stunning. The natural color from the Green Chartreuse is a gorgeous canvas for pretty petals on top.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Green Chartreuse
  • 3–4 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 egg white

Directions: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake extra hard for around one minute to properly emulsify the ingredients. Strain out ice and shake again to create a silky consistency. Fine strain into your coupe glass. Garnish with beautiful edible flowers.

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Spritzcurious

Union Fare Spritzcurious cocktail

Courtesy of Front of House NYC

Is there really anything better on a warm, sunny day than a spritz? This spring recipe from Union Fare combines tropical notes with a splash of prosecco for a bit of bubbly.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 0.5 oz. Giffard Banane de Bresil
  • 0.5 oz. Cocchi Rosa
  • 2 oz. Fino Sherry
  • 2 oz. prosecco
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Breakfast in Bed

orange cocktail in highball glass

Courtesy of Nitecap

This recipe from Nitecap is certainly not lacking in flavor. With notes of citrus and mint, it's perfectly refreshing for a spring soirée.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Carpano Antica Formula
  • 0.75 oz. lemon juice
  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 tsp. Brancamenta
  • 1 bar spoon orange marmalade

Directions: Shake all of the ingredients together and then strain. Pour into a double rocks glass with crushed ice. Garnish with a lavish mint bouquet.

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51 Shades

Perfect Pour's 51 shades cocktail

Photo by Nicole Colwell Photography

This cocktail from The Perfect Pour Cocktail Co. just screams spring. With gin, honey-lavender syrup, and a splash of prosecco, it's the ideal seasonal sipper.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 0.75 oz. honey-lavender syrup (1:1 honey to water, heated and infused with lavender flowers)
  • 0.50 oz. lemon juice
  • 1.25 oz. Aviation Gin
  • 0.50 oz. Rothman & Winter Violette Liqueur
  • 1.5 oz. prosecco
  • 1 egg white
  • Teapot bitters

Directions: Combine all ingredients, except the prosecco, in a shaker. Shake vigorously with ice, and strain contents back into the shaker, sans ice. Dry shake the contents again. Pour 0.75 oz. of the prosecco into a coupe glass, the other 0.75 oz. into the shaker. Strain contents into the coupe glass. Garnish with a lavender sprig.

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Floral Delight

beautiful booze floral delight cocktail

Photo by Beautiful Booze

What a gorgeous way to dress up your signature cocktail with fresh florals. This recipe from Beautiful Booze brings together the flavors of blackberry and citrus for a lovely spring-inspired drink.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Cognac (Hennessy is always a classic choice)
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. blackberry simple syrup
  • 1 egg white (1 oz.)
  • edible flowers, for garnish

Directions: Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake extra hard for around one minute to properly emulsify the ingredients. Strain out ice and shake again to create a silky consistency. Fine strain into your coupe glass. Garnish with beautiful edible flowers.

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Hibiscus Margarita

Hibiscus Margarita

Photo by Minimalist Baker

Hello, pretty in bright pink! We think margaritas are great any time of year, but this Hibiscus Margarita recipe from Minimalist Baker is perfectly dressed up for spring.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup hibiscus tea concentrate
  • 1 large lime, juiced (~3 Tbsp.)
  • 2 oz. silver tequila (4 Tbsp.)
  • optional: 1 Tbsp. agave nectar

Directions: Add ice, cooled hibiscus tea concentrate, lime juice, tequila, and 1 Tbsp. agave nectar (optional) to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously to combine. Pour over two glasses with ice. Salt or sugar rim is optional. Garnish with lime wedge. If too strong, dilute with a splash of sparkling water.

Hibiscus Tea Concentrate:

  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 3/4 cup dried hibiscus flowers (find at most tea shops)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup sweetener of choice, or to taste (1/2 agave, 1/2 cane sugar is a great option)

Directions: Bring 3 cups water to a boil, add hibiscus tea, stir, remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain into a jar or glass container using a fine-mesh strainer and add sweetener to taste—about one-third of a cup, using equal parts agave nectar and cane sugar. Stir to dissolve and let cool. Store covered in the fridge for up to two weeks, though best when fresh.

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Flower Girl

Cocktail in Coupe with edible flower

Courtesy of Bar Lab

The name of this cocktail recipe from Bar Lab is as charming as can be, and the flavor of the drink is just as delicious. Vodka is paired with citrus and a hibiscus reduction for the ideal balance of floral notes.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz. hibiscus reduction
  • 0.5 oz. grapefruit juice

Directions: Place all ingredients into a shaker, add ice, and shake. Next double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a marigold.

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Rosemary Greyhound

rosemary grey hound

Photo by Tastes Lovely

Looking for an option that's tart, but still refreshing? You can't go wrong with a classic Greyhound, and this recipe from Tastes Lovely is as simple as can be.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 0.5 oz. rosemary simple syrup
  • 4 oz. grapefruit juice
  • sprig of rosemary for garnish

Directions: In a tall glass filled with ice combine the vodka, rosemary simple syrup, and grapefruit juice. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Rosemary Simple Syrup:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 6 sprigs of rosemary

Directions: In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, dissolve the sugar into the water for about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil or crystals will form. In a heat-safe container, pour the warm sugar water mixture over the rosemary sprigs and let it steep for at least 1 hour. The rosemary simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 10 days.

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Sunday Morning Hues

coffee cocktail with orchid garnish

Courtesy of Middle Branch

Switch things up and bring a bit of coffee into the mix. This unique recipe from Middle Branch in NYC is the perfect option for an evening nightcap.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Crème Yvette
  • 1 oz. Kerry Gold Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Caffè Borghetti
  • 1 oz. espresso
  • 1 oz. mascarpone

Directions: Mix all ingredients except mascarpone with ice in an Irish Coffee mug. Top with mascarpone cheese and garnish with an orchid.

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Pepino el Toro

tequila cocktail

Photo by Katie Burton

Spice things up with this recipe from La Loncheria. Flavors of pineapple, cucumber, and lime are paired with smoky mezcal for great balance.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 2 oz. housemade pineapple and cucumber puree
  • 1.5 oz. Pelotón de la Muerte mezcal
  • 0.5 oz. lime juice
  • Chili salt for rim

Directions: To make the puree, put ½ cup of chopped pineapple and half of a peeled and chopped cucumber in a blender. Mix until liquefied. Rub the rim of your glass with a lime wedge. Pour chili salt into a saucer or on a plate, and dip the rim of the glass until fully coated. Add ice to a shaker. Add the
pineapple and cucumber puree, mezcal, and lime juice. Shake well, and then strain into the chili-rimmed glass.

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Rhubarb Fizz

rhubarb fizz

Photo by Baked Bree

Rhubarb is a classic spring-to-summer fruit, and this recipe from Baked Bree captures its flavor beautifully. Plus, isn't the pastel pink hue as pretty as can be!

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 8 oz. gin
  • 9 oz. rhubarb syrup
  • 0.5 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 12 oz. cold Prosecco
  • ice
  • lemon rounds for garnish

Directions: Put the gin, rhubarb syrup, lemon juice, and ice in a pitcher. Stir to combine. Pour into two glasses filled with ice, and top with Prosecco and a lemon round.

Rhubarb Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh rhubarb, finely chopped

Directions: Add all of the ingredients to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and let cook for 3 minutes, or until rhubarb is tender. Strain.

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Cause for Alarm

pink cocktail with pomegranate cocktail

Courtesy of Crossroads Kitchen

There's no cause for alarm here with this recipe from Crossroads Kitchen. This is the perfect combination of spring flavors, topped with a lime slice and pomegranate seeds for a beautiful look.

To make, you'll need the below ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Avión Reposado
  • 0.5 oz. dry Curaçao
  • 1 oz. lime
  • 0.5 oz. agave syrup
  • 2-3 dashes grenadine
  • pomegranate seeds and lime wheel, for garnish

Directions: Combine tequila, Curaçao, lime, agave syrup, and grenadine in a highball glass filled with ice (single, large ice cube preferred). Stir gently until combined and pink in color. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and a lime wheel.

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