Introducing Brides' newest foodie-celebrating series, in which we bring beautiful, handcrafted, Instagram-approved signature cocktails to you four times a week! Each month, we'll shine a spotlight on two master mixologists and their one-of-a-kind libations, with recipes and tips on how you can incorporate these signature beverages into your wedding menu, engagement party, bachelor/bachelorette parties, or just an extra-sweet night at home in the kitchen together. For the first half of July, Natalie Migliarini, the master mixer behind Seattle-based home bartending website Beautiful Booze, sets the bar high with eight boozy beauties to keep you and your guests sipping and swinging all evening long. Stay tuned to hear from more of your favorite bartenders across the country (and beyond!)—because as we all know, the drinks really do make the wedding.
"The Paloma is a cocktail I always like to play around with when I am creating spins on delicious classics. It is such a simple cocktail, but has so much flavor—by just changing one part of the whole, you can create something delicious and unique. For this rendition, I found a deliciously rich blackberry soda at the market; staying with the original grapefruit base, I squeezed some fresh grapefruit juice into the mix. The salt rim really helps the flavor explode on your palate. This one stays true to the tequila base, but if you want more of a smoky, earthy flavor, you could always substitute mezcal." —Natalie
- 1.5 oz. tequila
- ½ oz. grapefruit juice
- ½ oz. lime juice
- Blackberry soda to top
- 1 Tbsp. salt (rim)
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 and edible flower, and enjoy!
Have you ever observed at a party how people are drawn directly to the bar? Forget the copious quantities of appetizers—where is the booze? That is where Beautiful Booze comes in to produce fun and creative cocktails for any occasion. Founder Natalie Migliarini is a home bartender, cocktail stylist, photographer, freelance writer, and recipe developer with an aptitude for discovering new and creative ways to use booze. She creates and photographs original cocktail recipes from the perspective of a home bartender. Follow Beautiful Booze on Instagram and Facebook at @beautifulbooze.